Don’t Miss: A “Doozy” of A Do

Don't Miss: A "Doozy" of A Do - Culver City Historical SocietyThe Culver City Historical Society will present a celebration of the city’s 94-year history that promises to be a real doozy at the newly-renovated Historic Culver Hotel at 9400 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, on Sunday, September 18, from 5:30 to 9 p.m.

Festivities will include music and dancing to the music of “Doozy,” a band specializing in “prohibition pop, depression era tunes, and retro-originals” every Thursday evening at the Culver Hotel; bountiful arrays of appetizers and desserts; a raffle and auction; silent movies; historic Culver City cocktails at a no host bar, and many more surprises.

The auction and raffle will be conducted by former mayors Jozelle Smith and Andy Weissman, and will offer Culver City memorabilia and other items.

The highlight of the auction will feature a hand-painted Tom and Jerry animation cel made by longtime Culver City resident Martha Sigall especially for this event. Sigall worked for some 14 studios during her career and took part in the development of characters like Daffy Duck, Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd, and Tweety.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to come out and celebrate the city’s 94th anniversary in such a great town for all of us who live and work here, and to support our local historical society and its mission in the community,” said Stu Freeman, Culver City Historical Society president.

Martha Sigall holds the cel she created for the event - Culver City Historical SocietyDoozy - Culver City Historical Society

The public is invited to attend and encouraged to wear costumes of the 1920s and 1930s.

Tickets are $45 per person and reservations are required. Checks for reservations should be sent to the Culver City Historical Society, Box 3428, Culver City, California, 90231-3428. (Admission is $50 at the door).

Tickets may also be purchased at the CCHS’s Archives and Resource Center (ARC) on Saturday, September 3 from 1-3 p.m.

All proceeds from this event benefit the ARC and support its mission in the community.

Don’t miss the Fiesta La Ballona this weekend; ARC open Sat. & Sun.

Photo Courtesy CCHS Collection

This weekend, August 26, 27, & 28, come out and celebrate Culver City’s annual Fiesta La Ballona. Browse through the booths, taste the food, hang out in the beer garden, listen to the bands, watch the presentations, go on the carnival rides, and have some fun!

Also come by and check out the Archives & Resource Center (ARC), which will be open both Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

“Fiesta La Ballona Days” began in 1951 as a week-long celebration of the region’s early settlers. People went to events — and even to work — dressed up as Native American Indians, rancheros, señoritas, cowboys, and cowgirls. The early fiestas evoked pride among the descendants of the “first families” and offered the entire community a playful opportunity to connect with its history.

Suggested reading: Early Fiestas: Recollections by Julie Lugo Cerra

Fiesta information via Fiesta La Ballona