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Catalina Tiki Fest 2011
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Joined: Mar 28, 2002
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From: behind a cluttered desk
Posted: 2010-09-24 5:42 pm   Permalink

I'm in the early planning stages with Jerry Dunn (aka "Mr. Catalina") for a 2011 Spring Catalina Tiki Fest "# 2.5". This will be a smaller scale, intimate event and we're planning on catering to approximately 50-75 interested "Tiki" people. There will be a limited # of vendors, a DJ, Hawaiian Dancers, a daytime bbq & likely a nightly gathering at Luau Larry's ("world's greatest mai-tai" is their billing but trust me, it ain't!).

So I'm working with the Catalina Express on a group discount and want to reach out to the TC Ohana to get a feel for who may be interested in going and more specifically, the booking arrangements of the boat. We can either stab this (at this point) 1 of 3 ways (this is all up for discussion)...

1. Friday mid-afternoon departure at 2:00pm or 4:15pm out of Long Beach (most central/logical location for departing); San Pedro & Dana Point are other options. Then, a Sunday return departing at either 10:00am or 12:15pm (the latter being the more desirable of the 2 if Saturday night turns into a long night which is likely).

2. Saturday am departure at 10:00am with the same possible Sunday departure times.

3. Friday 7:55pm departure with the same possible Sunday departure times. This pulls you into Avalon around 9pm which gives you enough time to get settled and go out for a late Friday night, but not any room much else for that Friday.

I know the Friday might be a stretch for some to get off of work, but it is likely that even though April is kind-of off-season in Catalina, the discounts afforded for booking both a Friday and Saturday night hotel room will be more aggressive.

All of the usual things like booking hotel blocks (there is also camping available), working on the itinerary and all that goes into a Tiki event are in the earliest stages.

For those of you who haven't been to Catalina, this might be a great excuse for you to go and check out the island. I've been going there pretty much every summer since I was a kid and I really dig it and a few days is all that's needed when in Avalon to see the town, take the golf cart tour around that part of the island and have an enjoyable mini-vacation.

We can probably also arrange to have a Friday and/or Saturday outdoor dinner bbq down at Descanso Beach where you can either purchase meat and side dishes there (or locally at the market) and cook it yourself.

Tiki Farm will be doing a mug for the event in a run of only 100 pieces and at a very fair price.

More to follow as it comes available. I've been making calls today and the ball is indeed rollin' on "Catalina Tiki Fest # 2.5 2011".

[ This Message was edited by: MakeDaMug 2010-09-24 17:45 ]

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Joined: Jul 03, 2007
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Posted: 2010-09-24 10:27 pm   Permalink

Sounds great to my husband and I! It would be a first time Catalina visit for me, second time for him!

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Joined: Jul 19, 2009
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From: Costa Misery
Posted: 2010-09-24 11:05 pm   Permalink

All I need to know is when & how much!

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Joined: Aug 10, 2004
Posts: 3431
From: Redondo Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-09-24 11:47 pm   Permalink

I vote for option 1 with the 4:15pm out of Long Beach (but I would prefer San Pedro). Sunday return departing at 12:15pm but I'm sure you agree, even later would be better.

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Joined: Jun 16, 2006
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From: Home of the best rum collection in NC
Posted: 2010-09-25 12:05 am   Permalink

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I agree with Hakalugi (well, except for the San Pedro part).

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Joined: Mar 04, 2005
Posts: 3433
From: Mission (Impossible) Viejo, Ca
Posted: 2010-09-25 08:11 am   Permalink

WooHoo! Long Beach is such an easy terminal to get in and out of

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Rapa Nui Rich
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Joined: Aug 02, 2009
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From: Pacific Beach, CA
Posted: 2010-09-25 08:49 am   Permalink

Sounds great! I've been trying to get my girlfriend over to Catalina for awhile now and this will clinch the deal. Looking forward to more details!

Oh yeah, I also prefer option #1 with a LATE departure on Sunday.

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Joined: Jul 11, 2006
Posts: 814
From: SoCal
Posted: 2010-09-25 2:13 pm   Permalink

Sounds like a blast.
We like option 2 but if everyone is up for Friday we can just come over solo Saturday morning.

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Joined: Jan 11, 2003
Posts: 620
From: Tropical Bixby Knolls LBC
Posted: 2010-09-26 06:59 am   Permalink

Me likey.... I'm up for a Saturday morning departure but whatever works..(It's only a 10 minute walk to the terminal for me...)

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Joined: Nov 05, 2007
Posts: 479
From: Like...The Valley
Posted: 2010-09-26 09:29 am   Permalink

My two-cents worth: 7:55 PM Friday departure for Avalon from San Pedro, return departure 12:15 PM Sunday.


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Joined: Jun 17, 2002
Posts: 7311
Posted: 2010-09-26 6:42 pm   Permalink

Dan and I would love to attend this fest. Wendy

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Trader Tom
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Joined: Jan 26, 2006
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From: West Hills, CA
Posted: 2010-09-26 7:11 pm   Permalink

Sounds good to me!

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martini kings
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Joined: Nov 10, 2005
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From: anthony marsico
Posted: 2010-09-28 07:59 am   Permalink

martini kings want to go! i vote for number 2 times. sounds fun!

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Joined: Sep 17, 2010
Posts: 22
Posted: 2010-09-28 2:01 pm   Permalink

Although we are kinda new to ya'lls world, we are in for da'Island Mon ! Love that place ! We don't really have a preference for travel dates, cuz we're super flexible, but hotel would def help. Hope to see some of you Theads at Vics Re-opening tonight !

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Joined: Mar 02, 2010
Posts: 129
From: los angeles, california
Posted: 2010-09-28 2:10 pm   Permalink

I was already planning a trip to Catalina soon, much better it be a Tiki themed one!
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