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October 16, 2017 - 6:51am

Articles by Gail Fornasiere For the Islander

“There’s no crying in baseball!” That famous line is from A League of Their Own released 25 years ago. The film – based on a true story with a connection to Catalina Island – will be featured during Movies at the Museum in the Catalina Island Museum’s outdoor amphitheater on Wednesday, Aug. 9 at dusk.

Starring Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks, the film tells the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League that was created by Philip K. Wrigley during World War II.

Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum has been tremendously popular since it opened in late March. This museum-wide exhibition features some of Dale Chihuly’s most iconic works and groundbreaking explorations in color, light and form. For the summer, the Catalina Island Museum is offering extended hours every Thursday evening through Aug. 31 staying open till 9 p.m. for Chihuly at Sunset.

One day each year the Catalina Island Museum partners with the Tuna Club of Avalon to reveal the rich history and traditions of sport fishing on Catalina Island. On Saturday, Aug. 5, you have the opportunity to tour the world-famous Tuna Club, a nationally registered historic landmark and the oldest fishing club in the world.  

Access to the historic clubhouse founded in 1898 is restricted, but once a year, when it opens its doors to the public to benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

Wild things are happening in Avalon! The Catalina Island Museum and the Avalon Library invite you to a Museum Day celebration on Wednesday, July 19 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Schreiner Family Plaza on the museum’s second level.  

Museum Day – in conjunction with the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s Children’s Summer Discovery Program – will feature a reading of “Where the Wild Things Are” by librarian Morgan Rose Pershing.

A new summer program at the Catalina Island Museum takes advantage of the museum’s outdoor amphitheater and Avalon’s beautiful summer nights. Movies at the Museum highlights classic family-friendly films whose themes may be related to the island or to museums in general. A few selections may include movies filmed on island as well.

The Catalina Island Museum invites you to Picnic, Pie and Bluegrass! Enjoy a bit of Americana during First Fridays at the Museum on Friday, July 7th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The evening features live music, a pie baking contest and late night access to the museum’s special exhibition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum when its outdoor installatio ns are dramatically illuminated.

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.