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inln COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM Beatlemania swept the nation in 1964 after the Beatles appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show. Those crazed and hysterical fans - now in their sixties - continue to be as passionate about the Beatles today as they were in their teen- age years. Two friends from Virginia recently proved how far they would go to view A Hard Day's Night and meet Pattie Boyd, for- mer wife of George Harrison, when they traveled to Avalon for the Catalina Island Museum's 50th anniversary screening of the film. For the record, the distance from Yorktown, VA to Catalina Island is approximately 2,357 miles. Linda Rody and her friend Billie spoke with Michael De Marsche, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum, dur- ing the book signing with Pattie Boyd that occurred after the screening of the film. The fol- lowing is their story. "This past February my high school friend, Billie, reminded me of the fifty-year celebration of the Beatles arrival to the U.S.A. As I searched the Internet for news of the Beatles, I included Pattie Boyd in my search. I thought she Catalina Island Museum Executive Director Dr. Michael De Marsche interviewed Pattie Boyd on stage at the Avalon Casino Theatre following the 50th anniversary screening of A Hard Day's Night. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum might be interviewed somewhere in the media. To my delight, an article appeared announcing her appearance at the Catalina Island Museum on July 6th. "The trip was my surprise to my friend who has advanced osteopo- rosis. We spent two wonderful days on Catalina Island, shopping, dining, touring the island and, most important, seeing the movie and Pattie Boyd. "This was the second time for me to see the movie. Of course, the first time I was 14 years old and had no appreciation for the 'dialogue.' Now, I am of an age where I could enjoy the show for what it is - entertainment. "It was especially important to me to meet Pattie Boyd because Pattie was such an icon of the 1960s and 1970s. I still enjoy seeing what latest fashion she is wearing and how she styles her hair and makeup. I could never decide ifI liked the way she looked the most with George Harrison or Eric Clapton. Regardless of whomever she was with, she made them look like a stunning couple. Pattie continues to be a beautiful, gracious and inspiring lady." "It was a pleasure talking with Linda and Billie," said De Marsche. "Their story clearly demonstrates how museum events, such as the rare screening, of' A Hard Day's Night on the 50th anniversary of its London premiere, are bringing Pattie Boyd, former wife of George Harrison, with Chris Carter, host of the radio program Breakfast with the Beatles that airs every Sunday on KLOS 95.5. new visitors from across the coun- try to Catalina Island." The museum's next musical event will be the annual Holiday Symphony Concert featur- ing an ensemble of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra on Friday, Dec.12 at 7 p.m.in the Avalon Casino Theatre. The museum is currently work- ing with Stanford on the program and expects to make some exciting announcements related to the con- cert by the end of the summer. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital the- ater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the muse- um may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. Art workshops for youth Youths entering grades 4 and up are invited to the Avalon Library to participate in art workshops Sponsored by the Friends of the Avalon Library, the workshops will include drawing, acrylic and watercolor painting, and sculpture techniques. Participants may attend one or all four free of charge. Please led by Porschia Denning. The contact the library in advance to stand-alone workshops will be :"t~erveaspot. held 10 a.m:-12 pm. e v.ery other The library is located at 215 Saturday: July 26, and August 6. Sumner Avenue. hand SATUR SUNDA I AVALO.N GRILLE Join us for a homemade breakfast at Avalon Grille featuring fresh and sustainable foods that you'll love. Enjoy refreshing creative cocktails made to please your palate. RESERVATIONS AT OPENTABLE.COM - 310.510.749A SANTA CATALINA~Ir ISLAND COMPANY i 877.778.8322 VisitCatalinalsland.com 10 ', Friday, July 25, 2014 THE CATALINA ISLANDER