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Our Laguna: The arts abound — just take your pick

July 11, 2013|By Barbara Diamond
  • The Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road and open from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., through Aug. 27, gates close at 3 p.m. on Aug. 28. General admission is $7 on weekdays and $10 on weekends. Students and seniors pay $4 on weekdays and $6 on weekends.
The Festival of Arts is at 650 Laguna Canyon Road and open… (Patrick Rogers )

Before the public opening of The Festival of Arts, an estimated 4,000 special guests attended the private Artists Opening, and the Irvine Bowl was filled to capacity for the previews of the 2013 Pageant of the Masters.

Saturday was the final preview — and the first time Susan Davis, festival director of special events, would have a chance to see the pageant. She is in charge of the activities on the grounds outside the Irvine Bowl.

Davis was looking forward to seeing the pageant, especially the vignette titled "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," one of the movies featured in the "Big Picture" theme of the 2013 show and one of Davis' favorites.

"The boy looking at the painting is the son of Laguna Art Museum Director Malcolm Warner," she said.

Also at the VIP Night: Katrina and City Councilman Steve Dicterow, Trudy Grossman, John Hoover, Sandy Groves, Jane and Joe Hanauer and John and Lu Campbell, former festival exhibitor for 32 years, now in the Sawdust.

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"I must have seen the pageant 20 times and it's magic every year," said Nancy Beverage, who attended with husband, Gary.

Festival board secretary Pat Kollenda celebrated the birthdays of sons Craig and Kevin at a pre-preview dinner at Tivoli Terrace, along with husband, James, and their third son, Kris, and his wife, Tonia.

Also at the preview: festival board members Fred Sattler, Anita Mangels, Wayne Baglin and Tom Lamb — who also is an exhibitor.

"This is the pageant's 80th anniversary and I am so pleased it reflects Laguna's connection to Hollywood," Sattler said.

This year's show pays tribute to motion pictures, mostly through the pageant's legendary "stills" but with enough action to keep it moving.

"It is a multimedia show," said exhibitor Mike Tauber.

Sattler was particularly pleased by the rolling of credits at the end of the pageant, including the names of the volunteers that make it all possible.

Ramon Banda and Coral MacFarland Thuet entertained on the stage outside the Irvine Bowl.

Friday was the Chamber of Commerce preview, also billed as Laguna Appreciation Night.

"It is our major fundraiser and we sold all 500 tickets a week ahead of time," said Executive Director Kristine Thalman, escorted by Luciano Steffanini.

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