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Only on, Catalina NOW OPEN, AT DES00NSO BEtH I have now reached bird park;.road to Ben the mark of answering Weston; golf cart drive- Featuring Avalon's only homemade ice cream 28,140 questions asked in movies; lacrosse; a . " , me by the arriving visi- Blues festival; a Swing .......... .... tors. Here are some of Camp; a Chili Cook- the more unusual ones: Off; Square Dance "Does Avalon sell And Country Festival: American newspapers Dixieland. Festival and magazines?" luaus; beach tug-of- "I know that Islanders war; dance classes, etc. have a different boat Chuck Liddel! This is by no means an schedule than the tour- Columnist exhaustive list. It does ists, so how do I get prove, however, that at on one of your boats? .... Where one time Avalon did satisfy sub- do I go to get to the Undersea stantially more needs of both the Museum?" locals and visitors. I can envision "Where is the road to the a priority list being established by - "  "Mainland?" the city, utilizing local and visi- ..... : ........ "What language do you natives tor input, to see what the present .... speak?" needs are and what can be brought - back. Considering the diminishing rso What does Avalon need? amount of land available, any new I continually hear locals shar- building proposals might want to ;-!.:: """i:-/:;.: ing their thoughts on what Avalon take into considering these pos- ,1) needs. These suggestions have sibleneeds. become quite long and divergent Trivia answer: Stairway To and so I decided to start making Nowhere at Descanso Beach. o) a list. Much to my surprise, vir- The Banning Brothers (William, - tually all of these Avalon "must Hancock, and Joseph) took over haves," we once had: youth and Catalina Island in 189.2. Judge centers; public gym; public pool; Joseph Banning set up residence 18-hole golf course; horse stables; . in Descanso Beach in 1893. This regulation bowling alleys; roller location was cut off from the rest rink; night clubs; dinner with of Avalon by the Little Sugar Loaf. comedy club; murder mysteries; In order to find a way to have jazz night; cabaret; nightly out- accessto the main part of town, door concerts; strolling mariachis; a road was built (this will be aquarium; exercise bars and yoga explained in next week's column) classes on the beach; movie mati- and this present stairway simply nees; monthly classic movies; dif- leads to a flattened area on the ferent movies every night; street hillside where the Banning Family dancing; free youth dances in the and their guests could have a look Casino; and Valentine, Halloween, out spot to enjoy the breath taking Memorial Day, and Sunday after- view "of Avalon and the main- noon tea dances in .the Casino land. I have been told that small Ballroom; the Avalon Community bands and other musical groups Theatre (Sean Brannock is work- would perform from this platform ing to keep this going); the Avalon to entertain those in Descanso Community Chorus; piano bars Beach and even continued during and buffet meals in restaurants; a the early days of the St. Catherine child wading pool; shuffle board; Hotel, which was at Descanso ping pong; trampoline; and bad- Beach from 1918-66. minton in the parks; puppet shows; I would greatly appreciate motor cycle races; classic car feedback on what I" write and races; Shakespeare on the Beach; what you want my column to community fish fries; dry clean- address. Email me at chucklid- ing; church choirs; diving bell; dell.catalina@gmail.com. gRIgB[l" EIn3T !1 THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, June 19, 201519