December 4, 2000
'Tis the season for Newport Harbor's "Ho, Ho, Ho on the H20!" Did you know that the origin of what is now known as the Newport Harbor Christmas Boat Parade occurred on July 4, 1908? John Scarpa, an obscure Italian gondolier, and Joseph Beek, developer of Beacon Bay and the Balboa Island Ferry, established what was then called the Tournament of Lights. The inaugural event, held on the Fourth of July, consisted of nine entries. By 1913, the parade was called the Illuminated Water Parade and prizes were awarded for best-decorated and best-lighted vessels.
April 14, 2002
You know how I feel about home tours: I love 'em. So mark your calendar for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thurs., May 2, so you can enjoy the Newport Harbor High School Home and Garden Tour. Chairman Jayne Lally has given me the "scoop" on this year's selections -- and just when I thought the tour couldn't get any better (ahem), she's put her personal style (and a lot of heart) into an amazing cross-section of neighborhoods and presentations. Jayne's addition to the tour includes a tram that will run from Bob Henry Park down to Bayshores, where ticket holders will be able to peruse three incredible homes.
December 16, 2009
From an 11-foot dinghy illuminated with flashing red and green lights to look like a Christmas tree to 70-foot yachts topped with saluting toy soldiers and dancing Santas, the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade set sail for its 101st year Wednesday night. Sail boats, electric boats and massive power yachts all adorned with strings of red, green and white Christmas lights crisscrossed Newport Harbor. Although it’s illegal for boats in the harbor to display Christmas lights, unless the vessel is a sanctioned entry in the parade, “the Harbor Patrol kind of looks the other way at this time of year,” parade emcee Mike Whitehead said.
December 22, 2001
Lolita Harper WESTSIDE -- Families gathered at Shalimar Learning Center on Friday afternoon to exchange gifts around the center's Christmas tree and, they hoped, walk away with a traditional holiday symbol of their own. The owners of Costa Mesa-based Beach 'n Backyards donated a dozen Christmas trees and decorative wreaths to the needy families at the center. Owners Lindy and Galvin Bartlett of Newport Beach said they wanted to give back to the community.
December 18, 2013
The sun had long set at the bridge to Balboa Island, where 3-year-old Connor Murphy stared off into the harbor, mumbling the words to "Feliz Navidad," which he had recently learned. Off in the distance, the Orange County Sheriff's Department boat approached, spraying water as it led the charge for the 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas boat parade. "Ready?" asked Connor's dad, Bryan. "Santa's boat is coming!" Boats of all sizes -- about 80 in all -- passed one after another by Murphy's perch, casting sparkling reflections onto the dark water.
October 11, 2013
The 105th annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade is scheduled to take to the waters Dec. 18 to 22 with a theme of "Rockin' around the Christmas Tree," according to a news release. "The parade is our community's Christmas card to the world and sets the harbor ablaze with twinkling lights and holiday spirit like no other tradition in the country," Steve Rosansky, president and chief executive of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the five-night event, said in the release.
December 11, 2003
GREER WYLDER In the spirit of the season, Fashion Island will host two events this weekend to benefit the less fortunate. On Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Holiday Toy Drive with Star 98.7 FM at the Christmas tree. All new, unwrapped gifts will go to the Orangewood Children's Foundation. On Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m., Kids & Cottages will have "Caring for Kids" benefiting orphans in Mexico. Bring in a shoe box or other small box containing one or more small toys, and one or more everyday necessity, like a toothbrush, socks, shoes or clothing.
December 16, 2010
I know I'm supposed to love the Christmas Boat Parade, but I just don't. It makes me feel a little Grinchy to admit this, but I have no desire to be among the estimated 1 million enchanted spectators who will line the bay front of Newport Harbor over five nights this week (the parade continues this evening through Sunday, rain or clear skies). I know the sight of more than 100 boats bedazzled with miles of colored holiday lights — and floating against a backdrop of mansions lit up like Clark Griswold's home in "Christmas Vacation" — is enough to take anyone's breath away, including mine.
October 28, 2004
KAREN WIGHT Tucked between plain office buildings and trendy bikini boutiques is a Balboa street filled with charm and character. Antique stores, art galleries, floral designers and unique eateries are the trademark of 31st Street, and their owners invite you to join them on Nov. 13 for an open-air open house. The festivities will begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. In addition to the stores and galleries, there will be refreshments served, compliments of the Cannery Painters, a group of artists organized by Marilyn Poliquin of Cannery Paints.