Catalina Island Casino (entrance)- William Wrigley, Jr., who purchased Santa Catalina Island in 1919, built the Casino because his wife, Ada, and her sisters loved to dance. In the 1920s, the word casino was Italian, meaning a place of gathering or entertainment, or a grand dance pavilion—nothing at all to do with gambling. Mural artist John Gabriel Beckman, already famous for his work at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, was hired to design all of the interior and exterior
- This is the Catalina Island Casino, built in 1939 on Catalina Island, CA. I made this cake for a family who is celebrating their mother's 80th birthday. The celebration is on Catalina Island. As always, everything is edible. The cake is quite large, and heavy! Transportation on the Catalina Express (boat) was tricky but it made it!
I was about sixteen when I first went to Catalina Island. I love how it you feel that you are world away, but you are only 45 minutes away from the Southern California coast line. My favorite things to do are snorkeling,shopping,fine dining, historic tours of the island,and swimming in the clear waters.