Revelers go retro to enjoy 17th Annual Avalon Ball

Buena Vista Hotel guests, decked out in their best 1920s duds, head out for the Avalon Ball. Pictured from left to right are Ron and Carol Clanton of Lakewood and Pixie and Rob Hartman of Riverside. Photo by Kristy Throndson

People from around southern California traveled to Catalina Island last week to attend the 17th annual Avalon Ball this past week.

Now in its 17th year, the Avalon Ball is a fantastic journey into the past when Big Bands played for huge audiences which were broadcast to the nation in the Art Deco Casino Ballroom built in 1929 and located in the city of Avalon on Catalina Island, according to the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Bureau.

Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style–a lavish medley of rose-hued walls, an arching, fifty-foot ceiling with five Tiffany chandeliers, an elevated stage, raised seating areas around the dance floor, and a vintage, full-service bar in back.

This magical night featured an evening of dancing to music from the 1920s and 30s performed by Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra. Immerse yourself in glorious Deco opulence gliding across the 10,000 square foot dance floor surrounded by romantic ocean views.

Proceeds from the event are dedicated to the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles


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