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Wrigley exhibit opens at the Catalina Island: Muse00 tonight RECEPTION FOR 'A DEMOCRATIC DREAM' STARTS AT 6 P.M. The exhibition about the life of William Wrigley, Jr. opens tonight, Friday, Aug. 31, during a reception at the Catalina Island Museum. "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island" explores one of the 20-century's most successful businessmen and his quest to make Catalina Island into a world-class resort desti- nation for the "rank and file" of America. A key component of the exhibi- tion is a video documentary creat- ed by the Catalina Island Museum about Wrigley's life and his love of Santa Catalina. This documentary is the first of its kind and features rare video footage, photographs and Wrigley gum advertisements dating bacl to the turn of the cen- tury. A number.qf the photographs in the documentary and in the ex- hibition have never been seen be- fore. The Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co. pro- vided the Museum with film foot- age of Wrigley touring a Toronto gum factory in 1914. This is the only film footage of Wrigley that the 120-year-old company has in its archive. The film shows Wrig- ley at his best, as he tours the fac- tory with his signature cigar. The only known film footage of Wrigley on Catalina Island was provided to the Museum by the Renton Family Archive. Mal- colm Rent0n, the son of Wrigley's right-hand man DIM. Renton, shot thousands of hours of film on the island. The scenes were captured on nitrate film. Commonly used during that time, nitrate film is extreme- ly flammable if not properly handled or stored, and nearly all footage has been lost. The few surviving films .are entitled "Cherry Valley," which includes Wrigley greeting Boy Scouts at Avalon's pier, and "A Visit to the Catalina Mines," a film from the mid-1920s in which Wrigley and Renton tour various mines in the island's interior. These films have never before been exhibited publicly. The exhibition A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island will open at the Catalina Island Museum on Aug. 31 and runs through Nov. 26. Opening reception tonight The opening reception for "A Democratic Dream" will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., tonigh t, Friday, Aug. 31, at the Museum. Tickets are free for members of the Mu- seum and $10 for the general pub- lic. The Museum, its digital the- ater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino. The Museum is open sev- en days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (310) 510-2414 or at its website CatalinaMuseum.org. William Wrigley made his fortune out of chew- ing gum and later bought the Chicago Cubs and then Catalina Island. The Wrigley familly's influence on Catalina continues to this day. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum AVALON LANCERS FOOTBALL GAME SCHEDULE FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 5:30 P.M. Vs. CONCORDIA (Sylmar) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 5 P.M. Vs. WESTMARK (Los Angeles) FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, 5:30 P.M. Vs. FULLERTON PREP (Fullerton) *Stars are away games . FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 7 P.M. Vs. CORNERSTONE CHRISTN (Wildomar) SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 1 P.M. Vs. KING'S CHRISTIAN (Lem6ore) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 3:15 P.M. *At ROLLING HILLS PREP* (Rollir)g Hills) FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 5:30 P.M. Vs. PRICE (Los Angeles) SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2 P.M. *At HOPE CENTRE* (Torrance) FRIDAY OCTOBER 26, 7 P.M. *At LIBERTY CHRISTIAN* (Murdy Park) Island Company to build new spa PLANS CX(L FOR A SPA iN EL ENCANTO MARKETPLACE The Santa Catalina Island Com- pany has announced that it will build a new, full-service resort spa in Avalon to serve as a year-round destination for visitors. "El Encant-o Marketplace, lo- cated at 101 Marilla Avenue, has significant historical, architectural and cultural value." said Randy Herrel, CEO of the Island Com- pany. "We intend to renovate and repurpose this historical structure as 'Encanto Spa Catalina.'" "This new category of full- service, resort spa is intended to attract new market segments to Catalina on a year-round basis as well as help to extend the length of stay of overnight visitors, thereby continuing the economic revital- ization our community has experi- enced during the past two years." "We are very excited about the opportunity to create a new resort spa experience and unique destina- tion, thus creating an entirely new reason to visit Catalina," said Wen- dy Bosalavage, president of Ameri- can Leisure. "Creatively, where possible, we hope to incorporate natural elements of Catalina Island into our products and services." Tenants of El Encanto Mar- ketplace have been offered a new location in the Atwater Arcade, which the Island Company plans to renovate and revitalize as an attrac- tive indoor retail destination with a pleasant mix of shops and services. Company officials not only plan to incur the standard landlord im- provement costs in building out the new spaces at the Atwater Arcade, but has also :offered to help finance . Encanto, Page 11 CATALINA A new book by Jim Watson Available in stores all over Avalon and: amazoncom From the long-running column in the weekly Catalina Islarzder. 6 i Friday, August 31, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER