A Newport Beach tradition at Christmas time once again filled the grand ballroom of the Balboa Bay Club & Resort with a major dose of family warmth and togetherness.
On Dec. 23, the Costa Mesa-based All-American Boys Chorus attracted some 250 guests for the annual holiday dinner and concert of the season on the coast. Led by executive director Anthony Manrique and musical director Wesley Martin, the chorus performed with musical perfection for the crowd of multi-generational family members united to share in the joy of the season.
The evening began at sunset with cocktails for the big kids and punch for those waiting impatiently for Santa's arrival. Magician and mime "Abbit The Average" tickled the fancy of all, creating giggles throughout the ballroom as he romped from end to end with his holiday hijinks.
A three-course dinner was served, beginning with a butternut squash soup and salad vinaigrette, followed by an entrée of filet and salmon. For dessert, the traditional Yule Log. The crowd table-hopped, visiting friends dressed in holiday sparkle.