The Avalon Ball 2014

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Friday Evening Dinner & Movies (Page Five)

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014
Page 1 - Overview | Page 2 - Pre-Coordination Trip | Page 3 - Going Over
Page 4 - Pre-Dinner Activities | Page 5 - Friday Dinner
Page 6 - Saturday Breakfast and Golf
Page 7 - The Roof Transformation | Page 8 - Portraits | Page 9 - The Dinner
Page 10 - The Dance | Page 11 - Going Home | Page 12 - Comics

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Did You Know? - Santa Catalina Island locals and visitors now have a spectacular new destination for the freshest sustainable seafood. And while the new, 6,900-square-foot restaurant has been completely rebuilt from the ground up, everything else about the place is grounded in history.

Bluewater Avalon is officially open for business in the historic Avalon waterfront building that once served as the arrival and departure point for the SS Avalon and SS Catalina steamers. The building has been extensively remodeled by the Santa Catalina Island Company (SCICO) as part of an ongoing renaissance of the Island that includes new hotels, restaurants and visitor attractions.

A contemporary Catalina take on the classic New England seafood house, Bluewater Grill represents a homecoming of sorts for local seafood restaurant owner-operators Jim Ulcickas and Rick Staunton who have been fishing the waters off Avalon for years supplying fresh seafood for Catalina Island restaurants as well as Bluewater Grill locations in Southern California and Phoenix.

"We've been fishing off Avalon for years and as avid boaters, we see the move to the Island is a natural," said Ulcickas. "We look forward to working closely with the Santa Catalina Island Company to become an even closer part of the local community."

Bluewater Avalon guests will find a distinctive indoor/outdoor space combining Bluewater's trademark modern fishhouse architecture with a casual Island style. Consistent with the Island's emphasis on outdoor living, more than half the restaurant's 250 seats are on the 3,000-square-foot waterfront patio. A working clock tower, historic black-and-white photos of the local fishing and boating scene and other touches pay homage to the Terminal Building and vintage Catalina.

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Great groceries

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We arrived at 5:30 so we could go to the movies... Godzilla was playing

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
The Gerstley's were ready to dine ...

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Adam Nelson (Manager) took great care of us!

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Hans has the camera ready to capture the wild times

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Bob, Donna, and Kristin review the menu

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Holly and Bill

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Ken and Marion Scholtz checking out the menu

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Bob checks the group assuring all are doing well

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
OMG... Paul and Sue are still here... Thanks you Bob
(Courtesy of Bob Zaitz)

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Paul practices his Italian before ordering (Courtesy of Bob Zaitz)

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Tummies are filling up

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Dinner is on it's way

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
"Yeah... Bluewater Grille!!!"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Singing in German!

Dieser Fisch ist fantastisch! Es ist so frisch Sie es zu schlagen, um es von kichernd zu halten!

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We will have to take a stroll after dinner to burn off the calories

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Is Brenda happy or what???

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Here's to you! Or as we say...
"Over the teeth and through the gums, look out tonsils... here it comes!"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
"Can we come here again next year??? Bluewater Grille is terrific!"

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Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We have the approval of the sea food wizards!

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Beverly is making sure the plate is clean when she is done

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Jim has the appropriate shirt on for dinner....

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Lucky is about to make an announcement.....
"Last one in the water is a rotten egg!"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Marion gots the giggles


Marion found a quicker way to return home

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We had a perfect setting... Right on the water!

Did You Know? - Bluewater Grill's mission is to provide guests with the highest quality seafood, classically prepared, at a fair price, in a friendly, casual atmosphere.

They source the globe for the highest quality fresh seafood. They develop and maintain relationships with reputable seafood suppliers. They adhere to a daily ritual of controls and systems to ensure the integrity of our seafood.

Situated in Southern California, they have two locations in Orange County ("the OC"), Newport Beach and "The District" in Tustin, and one in Redondo Beach on King Harbor.

They also are located in Arizona in the "Valley of the sun" on Camelback Rd in Central Phoenix. The perfect spot for a casual afternoon or evening combined with a trip to the beach, a stroll along the boardwalk, or a day out shopping.

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Our waitress was OUTSTANDING! Took care of every detail!!!

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
How could one resist a smile like that????

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
What??? Marion still gots the giggles

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
"I have my eye on you!"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
"Pardon me... What was in the coffee cup???"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Decisions Decisions

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
"Dang... He ate every spec!"

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Departure was slow... We were all full!

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Our hotel was on our way to the Casino...

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
The Yacht Club

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Sir Winston Churchill in Catalina pre-WWII

Did You Know? - It was founded by Charles Frederick Holder (1851–1915) in 1898. Early members included Zane Grey, Bing Crosby, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel, Hal Roach, Cecil B. DeMille, Theodore Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, George S. Patton and Winston Churchill.

Despite being an all-male club for many years, it does not discriminate against female membership.

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
The American Flag proudly waiving in the breeze

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Bob and Donna making tracks

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Scary... The theater was built almost 80 years ago

Did You Know? - The Avalon Theatre, on the first level, shows first-run films nightly. The theatre has one film screen and a seating capacity of 1,154.

The theatre is so well insulated that patrons cannot hear the band playing or the 6,000+ dancers on the floor above, yet the acoustics are so good that a speaker on the theatre stage can speak in a normal voice without a microphone and be heard clearly by all in attendance.

Additionally, the theatre still has its original 4-manual, 16 rank theatre pipe organ built by the Page Organ Company of Lima, Ohio.

It is played every Friday and Saturday evening. The circular domed ceiling has notable acoustics and has been studied by experts due to its repute. The theatre lobby is paneled with walnut wood.

The upper level houses the world's largest circular ballroom with a 180-foot (55 m) diameter dance floor.

French doors encircle the room connecting the dance floor with a balcony that runs around the building.

The dance floor has a capacity of over 6,000 dancers and was used by the local high school basketball team for a time.

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We are ready to see....

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Here he comes

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
We all walked home before crashing

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie
Paul and Sue stopped by the Ristorente Villa Portofino for a drinky and
reconfirm tomorrow nights dinner

Did You Know? - Ristorante Villa Portofino takes pride in its growing reputation as Avalon's finest dining experience. We welcome our customers to enjoy their favorite cocktail or one of our fine Italian or domestic wines before selecting an entree from our enticing menu. We also recommend saving room for one of our specialty desserts created daily by our in-house pastry chef.

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie

Avalon Ball 2014
Page 1 - Overview | Page 2 - Pre-Coordination Trip | Page 3 - Going Over
Page 4 - Pre-Dinner Activities | Page 5 - Friday Dinner
Page 6 - Saturday Breakfast and Golf
Page 7 - The Roof Transformation | Page 8 - Portraits | Page 9 - The Dinner
Page 10 - The Dance | Page 11 - Going Home | Page 12 - Comics

Avalon Ball 2014 Friday evening dinner and movie