Summer Fun!

I always love summer. Here we are approaching celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4th and all that entails–family gatherings, barbecues, picnics, fireworks. You know that whatever the weather, summer is really here!

This summer, our community is celebrating the 50th birthday of one of our community icons–Sherman Library and Gardens. The history of the community mainstay is fascinating. To think that if Moses H. Sherman had not hired a very young Arnold Haskell as his personal secretary and left him his entire business holdings when he passed away, we might never have enjoyed the beautiful botanical gardens and research library in our midst. Haskell lovingly created it, and here it stands today for our enjoyment.

Another mainstay celebrating an amazing 85 years this summer is the Festival of Arts Fine Art Show in Laguna Beach. Dubbed one of the Top Five Art Festival’s in the Nation by USA Today, it’s 85th season, beginning July 7th and continuing through August 31st, offers a juried art exhibition of 140 artists in all mediums along with a plethora of workshops and classes that attracts all ages. And, don’t miss the “Concerts on the Green” on Saturday nights that showcases name artists.

You also won’t want to miss two exhibitions which are honoring the Duke this summer. Celebrating John Wayne’s 110th birthday, the exhibitions run through to Labor Day weekend, so visit the Balboa Island Museum for an exhibit titled, “John Wayne–At Home in SoCal, 1920-1979” and make plans to see the exhibit at the Newport Beach Public Library titled, “John Wayne–On the Set with the Duke.” Wayne is buried here in Newport Beach at Pacific View, so he will forever be with us!

If jazz is to your liking, the Eight Annual “Sunset Jazz at Newport” summer series begins July 12th through to September 20th at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The artist lineup is impressive!

Take a gander at Parting Thoughts on page 50 and see all the fun ways you can celebrate July 4th!

Until next time,

Donna Bunce, Editor

Cover Photo: Courtesy of Ana Launes