Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Parasol Coffee Shop, Bob Geivet, and much more

If you've been following the ongoing saga of the Parasol Coffee Shop in Seal Beach, be sure to bookmark the Save the Parasol website. Today's photo shows the Parasol as it looked about five years ago. The photo comes from my own website about Googie Architecture.

"Through the Lens of Robert Geivet: Orange County in the Postwar Era," is the new exhibit opening at the Old O.C. Courthouse Museum on March 15. Geivet covered O.C. for the Long Beach Press Telegram from 1932 until well into the 1960s. He was an excellent photographer and was here for O.C.'s "boom" years, so this has the potential to be a great show. Don't, however, feel the need to rush, since it will be on display for 11 months.

The Newport Harbor Nautical Museum's Steele Model Pavilion is now open, showcasing the museum's collection of model ships. Also, their East Wing Gallery provides interactive exhibits on our nautical history. Visit their website for more information.

Colleen Mensel was recently appointed the new Executive Director of the Centennial Heritage Museum (aka the Kellogg and Maag Houses and environs). Colleen's former position, Director of Operations, has been filled by Jane Van Dyke.

Daveland, a blog by Dave DeCaro, features wonderful photos of early Disneyland (and occasionally Knott's ), with new posts almost every day! Today's post includes a photo of the construction of Monsanto's Plastics Home of the Future. Dig it!

The Garden Grove Historical Society will host a tour of the Stanley Ranch Historical Museum & Village at 12174 Euclid Ave, on Sun. March 19th, at 1:30pm.


Anonymous said...

Is it true that the old Parasol will be remodeled, updated and open as Mel's Diner? Hope so.

Chris Jepsen said...

Last I heard, Mel's was still part of the plan.

More good (if old) news: Many of the interior fixtures, including the umbrella-shaped lights, were saved, and there is serious talk of refurbishing them and putting them back in place.

Honestly, the Parasol without pink upholstry and umbrella lights just wouldn't be the Parasol! :-)