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A Secret Love Affair: Exhibition Opens at the Museum COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM He was already the most famous film star the world had ever known. She was more than 20 years younger, recently divorced and sporting bleached blond hair. They met on the yacht of a film producer, who thought a weekend getaway to Catalina Island might kindle some romance. And how right he was. When Paulette Goddard shyly asked Charlie Chaplin to help her invest her substantial divorce settlement in the movies, he was instantly smitten. He had always preferred far younger women. He would eventually marry three teenage girls and had countless affairs with others. Charlie Chaplin and Paulette Goddard standing on the pier in Avalon. Permanent Collection of the Catalina Island Museum But Paulette was different. She was not only clever but viva- Charlie was snaggedmhook, line and sinker. Of course, this was 1932ma time not known for its liberal attitudes toward divorce and men dating younger women A couple living together--especially a couple with an age difference-was hardly acceptable. ciously witty, and Charlie always found this compelling. She was intent on becoming an actress, and before long he asked her to dump the platinum locks, move into his Hollywood estate and entrust her career to him. She had only one complaint: as a blonde she didn't have to think around men; now, that would all change. Charlie was snagged--hook, line and sink- er. Of course, this was 1932--a time not known for its liberal attitudes toward divorce and men dating younger women. A cou- ple living together--especially a couple with an age difference- was hardly acceptable. Tongues started to wag--even in Hollywood. But Charlie was by far the biggest star of the day. For a while he could afford to ignore the gossip. He purchased a 38-foot motor cruiser and pre- sented it to his young paramour over breakfast. They could sail whenever they wanted, swim- ming and fishing the majestic waters off Santa Catalina. They could revel in their love, without the prying eyes of a pushy public always wanting to peer in. At least, this was the dream, and it lasted for seven years. Opening Wine Reception The Catalina Island Museum invites you to the opening recep- tion for Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair on Wednesday, April 16 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are free for members of the museum and $5.00 for the general public. You can also see Charlie Chaplin starring in his silent masterpiece, City Lights during the 27th annual Catalina Island Museum Silent Film Benefit on Saturday, May 17 in the Avalon Casino Theatre. City Lights will be accompanied by a 39- piece symphony orchestra led by Grammy Award-winning con- ductor Richard Kaufman. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the events page at www.CatalinaMuseum.org. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devot- ed to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's his- toric Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. COURTESY OF THE AVALON HARBOR PATROL The first weekend of the month called for stormy conditions which kept potential boating visitors away~ Over that weekend, the harbor measured over 2 inches of precipitation, our first significant rainfall of the season. The second weekend called for summer like weather, inviting more than 70 boats that enjoyed a high of 78 degrees on Saturday. The weekend preceding St. LECTRIC ...featuring Scott Dixon, Heib Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya and all the cars and stars of the Vedzon IndyCar plus *Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under file lights Friday and Saturday nightsl Car Showcase Race , Gordon's Super Patrick's Weekend, the Shoreline Yacht Club of Long Beach held their annual cruise to Avalon with almost 30 boats. Their yearly Holiday inspired Dinghy Parade through the harbor is always a highlight of the weekend. This weekend was very warm as well with visitors beginning to arrive on Thursday. By Sunday, the har- bor had moored 175 boats. 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Box 428 Avalon, CA 90704 Phone: (310) 510-0500 Fax (310) 510.2882 Conditions the last weekend were favorable for several sailing teams to complete the first leg by arriv- ing in Avalon on Saturday after- noon and the second with a return sail to Newport Beach on Sunday morning. In addition to the 12 scheduled cruise ship calls, the "Sapphire Princess" made a special call on the 12th due to dredging in Santa Barbara Harbor. The third week of March Avalon welcomed a cruise ship four out of the seven days. With Easter falling very late this year on April 20th, school breaks are spread out over almost two months - which means pas- senger counts are up on cruise ships and many spring breakers are including Avalon in their holi- day travel plans. March 2014 stats are as fol- lows. People Arriving on Boats-- 2,244 Rain--0.40 Vessels Moored--561 Moorings Sold/transferred--0 Vessels Anchored--8 Citations Issued---0 Lost/Found Reports--5 found Discharges--0 Accident Reports--I Cruise Ship Passengers-- 32,738 Inspiration--9,743 Sapphire Princess--8,564 Imagination--12,561 Celebrity Century--l,870 Average Temp--High 66 Average Temp--Low 51 Average Sea Temp--60 Art Fair and Exhibition set for April 18-20 The Catalina Art Association is proud to announce the 5th Annual Catalina Art Fair & Exhibition (CAFE), Fri-Sun, April 18-20, 2014, a fun filled, Easter Weekend Art Fair. The event will be featuring local and visiting artists, music, entertainment, art demos and kids activities. Highlights include an Earth Day Celebration featuring the Catalina Conservancy and an Electric Smart Car Demo. Join them this three-day Easter weekend celebration... Fun for the entire family! 8 ! Friday, April 4, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER