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Articles by Gail Fornasiere For the Islander

The Catalina Island Museum and award-winning composer Michael Mortilla recently provided a rare opportunity for the Avalon High School theater class. In conjunction with this year’s Silent Film Benefit, students Makenna Lee, Curtis Leo and various other students along with help from teacher James Guadagno wrote and created a short silent film.

The Catalina Island Museum is honored to welcome Tony Award nominee and American gymnast Cathy Rigby to its 30th Annual Silent Film Benefit on May 20th. This year’s Benefit features the 1924 classic “Peter Pan.” Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists will perform an original score written specifically for this performance on the stage of the Avalon Casino Theatre.

Rigby starred as Peter Pan on Broadway from 1991 to 1998. She will speak at the museum’s Member Pre-Performance Talk and introduce the film at the start of the Silent Film Benefit.

An authentic 1920s cinematic experience in the historic Avalon Casino Theater is offered only one day each year by the Catalina Island Museum. In its 30th year, the museum’s Silent Film Benefit features the first film adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan. Michael Mortilla and The Accompanists will perform an original score for the Benefit at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Olympic gymnast and Tony Award nominee Cathy Rigby, who played Peter Pan on Broadway from 1991 to 1998, will make a special guest appearance and will introduce the film.

Visitors to Catalina Island often notice the melodic sounds of chimes wafting over Avalon every quarter hour. The Chimes of Avalon were a gift to the community from William Wrigley Jr.’s wife Ada. Next week an exhibition about the history of the chimes will be added to the Catalina Island Museum’s history galleries.
In 1925 Mr. and Mrs. Wrigley purchased the chimes directly from inventor and manufacturer J.C. Deagan of Chicago. Mr. Deagan and his wife traveled to the island to be present the first time the chimes rang out over Avalon in March of 1926.

The Catalina Island Museum is preparing for its first museum-wide exhibition since it opened the Ada Blanche Wrigley Schreiner Building this past June. The exhibition will present works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly, a major milestone for the museum. Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum will open on March 26 and run through Dec. 11, 2017.  

To safely accommodate the installation of the exhibition, the Catalina Island Museum will temporarily modify its operating hours between March 15th and March 19th.

The Catalina Island Museum invites kids of all ages to a marionette show and movies during First Fridays at the Museum on Feb. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Each month the Catalina Island Museum provides a unique themed experience and an opportunity to explore its galleries, digital theater and Museum Store after hours.

The Catalina Island Museum has reached a major milestone this week by announcing it will present an exhibition of works by internationally renowned artist Dale Chihuly. The exhibition, Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, will open on March 26, 2017 and run through December 11, 2017.  

Nearly 1,200 people celebrated National Museum Day at the Catalina Island Museum this past Saturday.

In conjunction with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live initiative, visitors of all ages enjoyed free admission to the museum’s galleries, digital theater and plazas throughout the day.

 “Saturday’s celebration was an extraordinary success,” said Julie Perlin Lee, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum.

One day each year, the Catalina Island Museum opens its doors free of charge to celebrate National Museum Day. Held in concert with Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live, this year’s celebration of National Museum Day will take place on Saturday, Sept. 24. The Admission to the museum will be free the entire day.

The Tuna Club of Avalon boasts record fish catches and fantastic fishing stories.

Its historic clubhouse is closed to the public except for one day each year when it opens its doors to benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

This year, tours of the Tuna Club will take place on Saturday, Aug. 13.

The club’s founder, Dr. Charles Frederick Holder, a naturalist and experienced fisherman from the East Coast, recognized the potential for sport fishing on Catalina Island.