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Quality nedical care mwhere you need it. Wrigley exhibi, tion looks at role of entertainment in Island life, economy FROM THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM With three full-time physicians anda nurse practitioner dedicated to the island and its patients, we invite you to have an on-going relationship with a provider who knows you andyour :medical needs, Monte Mellon, MD Tracey Norton, DO Laura U!ibarri, MD Karla Parsons, NP // CONVENIENT PROFESSIONAL COMPASSIONATE Catalina Island Medical Center 24-Hour Emergency Care Radiology, Laboratory & Physical Therapy Skilled Nu[sing Facility (31o) 51b-o7oo Provider appointments Monday to Friday 8amtO5pm Evening appointments also available (31o) 51o-oo96 ClMedicalCenter.org IslandMedicalCenter I Since the turn of the century, music has been an important part of Avalon's nightlife. This rich 'tradition of musical entertainment on Catalina Island continues with the annual JazzTr~ix Festival held each October for the last 25 years. As chronicled in the Catalina Island Museum's exhibition, "A Democrati~ Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island," Wrigley's vision for the Island included opportunities for the rank and file of America to enjoy the Island to the fullest and be entertained while doing so. Even before William Wrigley Jr. purchased Santa Catalina and built the iconic Casino building, the Island's owners, the Banning brothers, saw the value in offer- The Santa Catalina Island Marine Band played at the amphitheater and dance pavilion for over 30 years. Photo courtesy of the Catalina Island IVluseum ing entertainment to the Island's visitors. They invested a large amount of time and money in an effort to make Catalina Island a bustling resort destination. The Bannings first construc- tion project was a dance pavil- ion. Completed in 1892, the round pavilion provided a place for musical concerts and dancing for the Island's visitors.- It was also used as a skat- ing rink and an auditorium. The Banning brothers made other improvements to the Islands ame- nities-adding on to the Hotel Metropole, erecting a seawall and putting in cement sidewalkS--to Before you go back to the mainland take a little Catalina with you. Subscribe Today. William Wrigley Jr left, saw the importance of entertainment to his goal of making Catalina a destination for the average person. RO. Box 428 Tel: (310) 510-0500 TIi6 lSlltlllD ll ? Avalon, CA 90704 Fax: (310) 51 0-2882 accommodate their growing num- ber of visitors each season, This growth in tourism called :for an additional location for entertainment. As a result a large outdoor amphitheater was built in 1904; Often referred to as the Avalon Bowl, the amphitheater was locat- ed on the south end of Avalon and could seat several hundred people. Most summer evenings, visi- tors could enjoy musical concerts there. On many occasions, bands would perform a concert at the amphitheater then move on to the pavilion for the dance. Visitors were often seen: fol- lowing the band from one location to the other. The Santa Catalina Island Marine Band was one of these bands--playing at the amphitheater and pavilion every summer season for over 30 years. When William Wrigley Jr. pur- chased Catalina Island in 1919, he not only made improvements to the Island's infrastructure, he also realized the importance of entertainment for those visiting the Island. Wanting to increase Avalon's musical offerings, Wrigley imme- diately started construction of the Sugarloaf Casino. Completed in 1920, this new venue included a bandstand and a large circular dance floor that could easily accommodate 250 dancing couples. Wrigley's vision for his Island out in the blue Pacific would bring many improvements, for Island residents and visitors alike. The addition of attractions and steamships along with his aggres- sive marketing strategy helped make Catalina Island a resort des- tination known the world over. -By the mid-1920s, Wrigley realized that even the Sugarloaf Casino was too small for the grow- ing visitation to the Island. In 1928 he embarked on the largest construction project the Island had ever seen and in 14 short months the Avalon's Casino opened on May 29, 1929. The world-famous Casino still stands today and remains the cen- ter of entertainment on Catalina Island and is home to the annual JazzTrax Festival Learn more about the Casino building and Wrigley's dream for Catalina by visiting the Catalina Island Museum and their special exhibition "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island." This exhibition Commemorates the 80th anniversary of William Wrigley Jr.'s death and can only be viewed at the museum through Nov. 26. The Catalina Island Museum, its digital theater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more informa- tion, the museum may be reached by l~hone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website CatalinaMuseum.org. The Sugarloaf Casino, completed in 1920, proved to be too small for Catalina's tourist needs. It was replaced in 1928 with the iconic Casino building Photo courtesy'of the Catalina Island Museum 4 i Friday, October 19, 2012 " THE CATAUNA ISLANDER