“OB’s Christmas Past” 2020, Great Reviews!

Spirit of OB’s Christmas Past, ©Ray Blavatt Cartoon


The FREE OBHS online 2020 film “OB’s Christmas Past” brought great reviews.
The OBHS brought a holiday treat to people’s homes where they got to experience the spirit of OB’s Christmas Past.
Decades of O.B. historic photos of Christmas Trees, Sandcastles, T-Shirts, and the parades, brought back the O.B. holiday events we have cherished and kept in our hearts. Many viewers enjoyed this fun-filled blast from the past film. The Reviews:
Wow! What a show!… and body of work! You guys always come through thank you!— Billy Lee

What a great video! I’m sitting here watching it, it’s Christmas Eve, I need to go to bed so Santa can come … but I can’t stop watching and smiling. Thanks so much for doing this for OB. It really is a special place, with very special people like you who think not only outside the box, but stand on the box, sit on it, throw it up in the air and use it for so many other things. And I feel so lucky to have found OB amongst the 840 miles of California coastline!
Thanks for the smiles!
— Laura

Really “COOL!!!!” Watched the whole feature!—Clarence & Madeleine

Playing at the Strand

Strand interior ©Steve Rowell photo

“A Kiss in the Dark” kicked off “Paramount Week” at the Ocean Theatre in Ocean Beach, on Sunday September 6, 1925.  You knew that, right?  What about The Strand, you ask?  You thought our wonderful little old community Movie Theater was always called the Strand?  Well, yes and no.  And if you would like to sort that out, and discover how the Ocean Beach Historical Society came into possession of The Strand’s former projector, we have just the story for you.  Featured in the Point Loma – OB Monthly:  https://www.pointloma-obmonthly.com/news/story/2020-11-18/a-page-from-history-ocean-beachs-old-strand-theatre-created-many-fond-memories-for-longtime-movie-fan  This story is really called Playing at the Strand. They didn’t quite see it that way, but now you know.

“SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY” book

SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY book

SAN DIEGO’S SUNSET CLIFFS PARK • A HISTORY book Now AVAILABLE:
Kathy Blavatt’s book San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs Park • A History, published by History Press, is near and dear to her heart.
Sunset Cliffs Park meanders along a mile and a half of San Diego’s coastline, beckoning tourists and locals alike. These stunning cliffs inspired Albert Spalding, sportsman and visionary, to create a park in 1915 for all to enjoy. In the century since, many have left their mark, including the powerful Pacific Ocean. John Mills, an enterprising land baron, restored the original park, only to have it fall into neglect during the Depression and World War II. It became a popular spot for pioneering surfers and divers in the postwar boom. The park’s colorful landscape attracted artists and children.

Join author Kathy Blavatt as she relates the many transformations of this beloved park and looks to its future.
Author Kathy Blavatt (Pearson) grew-up on Sunset Cliffs Blvd., and later lived in the family home with her husband, Ray. The couple was married at Dan Dixon’s cliffside “Villa Surf” overlooking “Garbage Beach.” Kathy’s book incorporates her photos, historical photos and documents. BOOKS AVAILABLE: directly from Author (leave contact info. for delivery in OB or PL), Olive Tree Market, Stumps, OBMA and online sites.
San Diego’s Sunset Cliffs Park: A History, REVIEWS :
OB RAG ; Peninsula Beacon; Pt. Loma OB MonthlyA Page from History: How Albert G. Spalding became the father of Sunset Cliffs Park
Blavatt interview SUNSET CLIFFS INTERVIEWS of Kathy Blavatt by Chalie Landon:
Ocean Beach Living; Activism in the 70s and 80s Along the Cliffs; Along Sunset Cliffs, is a spot known as Garbage Beach
THANK YOU to those that join our OBHS Nov. 19, 2020 A Live Online Program: “The History of Sunset Cliffs Park” by Author Kathy Blavatt.






LoVerne Brown’s Book- “Garment for a Long Journey Poems”

On Dec. 5, 2020, The Ocean Beach Library had a very special celebration of OB’s own Loverne Brown. This online event had readings from “Garment for a Long Journey.” Many of LoVern’s followers and admirers enjoyed this event.

A NEW Book release of Collected Poems by SAN DIEGO’S POET LoVerne Brown. To read select poems from Garment for a Long Journey: The Collected Poems of LoVerne Brown, ordering and information, go to: lovernebrown.com
OBHS board member Jonnie Wilson recently published a collection of poems Garment for a Long Journey: The Collected Poems by her mother
LoVerne Brown, who lived and wrote in Ocean Beach for 50 years (1912-2000).
The majority of the poems in this book date to those years, during which she lived in the San Diego neighborhood of Ocean Beach, close to the Pacific Ocean, a frequent inspiration for her verse.
More at: O.B. Rag article written when OBHS celebrated LoVerne’s 100th birthday in 2012: https://obrag.org/2012/07/a-poem-by-loverne-brown-episode-in-a-continuing-series/


Dible / Thompson’s Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie

Randy Dible brings you clips of Sunset Cliffs, O.B., P.L., and popular San Diego sites, shot by his grandfather, that includes a wonderful 1920s period music track.

The film stars generations of the Thompson/Dible family and their friends at Sunset Cliffs, La Jolla, Ocean Beach, Point Loma, Mission Beach, San Diego Bay, Coronado, Balboa Park, Julian, Downtown SD, Catalina, Tijuana, and other locales. It is a fun and captivating film that sends you back into San Diego’s rich history. Click:

Dible / Thompson’s Family 1928-1938 Silent Movie 

Visit Randy Dible/photos site at: www.diblephotography.myshopify.com

OB Loop of PL Railroads- Director’s Cut Online Film

The Ocean Beach Historical Society’s President Eric DuVall presented “Trolley to the Beach” online film at the Jan. 17, 2019 OBHS program.
Eric DuVall and Kitty’s drive show an updated version a portion from the of the film of the “OB Loop of PL Railroads-Directors Cut,” electric streetcar service route/now current day roads that allowed people to live at the beach—specifically Ocean Beach, Point Loma. The route was built by D. C. Collier and John D. Spreckels by the Point Loma Railroad and The San Diego Electric Railway that covered an approximately 50-year period from the 1890s through the 1940s.
JUMP ON FOR A RIDE (below): Eric’s film clip traces the trolley route through O.B. and Point Loma. Enjoy fun this ride with music and Kitty McDaniel’s antics! Click on: OB Loop of PL Railroads-Directors Cut

“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout” Film On-line


The Ocean Beach Historical Society Presents:
By Popular Demand
“O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout”
An On-line Film! At: www.O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout
Starring:
Dean Hollenbeck,
Produced by Kathy & Ray Blavatt

Ocean Beach is known for its characters, and Dean Hollenbeck is one of our most endearing. Dean loves to walk… and talk! He has made countless friends on his meandering walks in O.B. and the peninsula.
O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout, was produced in Fall of 2017. At 89-years-old, Dean on some days walks up to 16 miles… though it may take him the whole day depending on how many people he talks to.
Ocean Beach Historical Society’s Kathy and Ray Blavatt filmed Dean on his O.B. adventures as he spoke with other interesting longtime OBceans, toured some of their homes, and discussed their tales and histories of living in Ocean Beach.
Featured film guests include: Virginia Davis, Flickie Dormer, Shoeshine Willie, Darlene the Garden Lady, and others. Learn why these residents came to Ocean Beach, and fell in love with Ocean Beach.

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Since the filming of “O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout,” Virginia Davis passed away in March of 2020, Flickie Dormer moved out of State, and Dean is still talking and walking, but a few less miles.

Enjoy this fun and interesting film at: www.O.B. Walkabout-Talkabout

History Projects from Home

Due to the CORONAVIRUS we are canceling our programs until further notice.
We hope you are safe and healthy.
Flower Hat MaeSuggestions to fill your time at home:

  • Learn the history of your community: Read the Arcadia Publishing books: Ocean Beach, Ocean Beach, Where Land and Water Meet, Point Loma and other books on local topics. Arcadia Publishing book available at Olive Tree Market and Stumps Market. Also available online.
  • Research and write about your family’s history and your time spent living in Ocean Beach or
    Point Loma.
  • Organize and share copies of your photos. Share copies and descriptions with relatives and friends, post online, and donated to OBHS.
  • Write your favorite Ocean Beach stories. Have your  your family write their O.B. stories. Kids can make drawings to go with stories.
  • Take a walk through the community: Look at the historical homes and gardens. There is a lot to see.

CANCELED! Wisteria Garden Party

 

clark-wisteria-housesm2020 Wisteria Garden Party CANCELED!!!

In line with new State and County guidelines for non-essential gatherings in the wake of the COVID-19 scare, Ocean Beach Historical Society will regretfully cancel our Wisteria Garden Party for 2020.  The biennial bash had been scheduled for Sunday March 22.  Sadly, this year will be remembered as one in which we made it through the spring without most of our traditional events and celebrations.  Thanks to everybody who has worked so hard on this event.
The Wisteria itself is in full bloom and beautiful!  Take a stroll down Niagara Avenue to 4761 Niagara Avenue …..give it a glance at the wonderful blooming vines! 
Time will tell if our April OBHS Lecture will go on as scheduled.  Stay tuned and thanks for being a part of OBHS.

 

CANCELED Mar.13 & 15: 1920-2020 Remarkable Women Conference

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2020 Conference CANCELED! 

A message from Congress of History President Christopher Milnes.
Based upon the Governor’s proclamation that all nonessential gatherings be postponed due to the state of emergency regarding this fast-spreading virus, the Congress of History is sad to announce that we must cancel the “Remarkable Women” conference schedule for March 13 and 14, 2020. We do not do this lightly. It is with deep regret that we have no choice. At this time we don’t know when this state of emergency will be lifted and if and when we can reschedule this conference. If we can’t reschedule, we will make a full refund to those who paid for the conference and for our generous sponsors and supporters of this event. We will decide possible next steps in the next few weeks as events unfold. We thank everyone for their understanding. Please stay healthy.

 congressofhistory.org