October 25, 2013
I have received many questions lately from religious parents of all faiths who are not completely comfortable with allowing their children to celebrate Halloween. The holiday's pagan past disturbs them, and they feel somehow that a victory for Halloween trick-or-treating is a defeat for their faith. Every year, I try to gently comfort them. Herewith, I present this year's effort: Holidays come in three forms: purely religious holidays, holidays that are purely secular and holidays with a mixed history.
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 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 23, 2010
Miracle stories told during the Christmas season usually come packaged neatly with tidy endings that produce tears of happiness and smiles all around. This one is different. Though it's being told on Christmas Eve, this story set in Newport Beach is about a slow-motion miracle that's been unfolding daily in nearly indiscernible increments over the past six years. And the ending may still be decades away. Maybe because of those characteristics and the undaunted courage of the story's real-life characters, this tale is as inspirational as any — Christmas or otherwise — you'll ever hear.
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.
December 20, 1999
We asked six kindergartners at Anderson Elementary last week what they wanted for Christmas. Here's what they had to say:"I want a dog for Christmas. A Golden Retriever. I think I'll get one because I wrote a note to Santa. It would be a boy dog and I would name him Lucky."EMMA KAYE, 5 Newport Beach "I want ice skates because I want to learn how to ice skate. I could balance on one foot if I learned how to ice skate. The Mighty Ducks are my favorite ice skaters.