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Balboa Island Museum presents Tom Stillwell

"I grew up in Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC"


Journey back to the Newport Beach of days gone by where you could visit the Buffalo Farm, ride a horse on the beach, eat ice cream at Wil Wrights, or go waterskiing in the Back Bay. Tom Stillwell, founder of the popular local Facebook group “I grew up in Newport Beach BEFORE it was the OC,” or NBB4OC, will present a lively collection of photographs, videos, and stories and lead a discussion that will transport you back to those wonderful days.

NBB4OC, is a Facebook group of more than 14,000 followers. A few still live in Newport Beach, but the vast majority are spread across the United States and around the world. There are members on every continent except Antarctica.

The one thing that binds this group together is that they all grew up in Newport as it made its transition from a sleepy little beach town at the end of the Red Car Line to being the center of wealth and commerce. Time and perceptions created by Hollywood and reality TV may have changed the beach town of their youth, but this group is doing all that it can to keep alive the memories of Newport Beach BEFORE the OC.

Presented by the Balboa Island Museum and Historical Society and through a cultural arts grant from the Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

6pm     Reception

Suggested donation $10
To RSVP, call (949) 675-3952


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