Pageant of the Masters Excursion Report

August 7th, 2014

Spent most of yesterday in Laguna Beach with my good friend Andrea. She and I often take bus trip excursions together and the one yesterday via Cardiff Tours was a repeat of an earlier trip with the Palm Springs Frontrunners & Walkers organization.

This year’s Pageant of the Masters presentation is titled “the Art Detective” and is being performed in the outdoor Festival of the Arts bowl. Since a dark theater area is required the performances don’t start until 8:30 pm and end around 11 pm with one 15 minute intermission. The Pageant productions are a series of artistic masterworks displayed on a stage in which the human figures in the display have been replaced by appropriately costumed performers. Midway through the performance the audience is treated to an open stage view of how a famous artwork is reproduced on stage that shows how a canvas background, a special frame, just the right lighting and costumed performers are able to create a very good visual reproduction of the actual painting. Fifteen masterwork visual copies comprised the evening’s performance. The annual Pageant has a two-month run each July and August. I saw my first Pageant performance in 2002 and this one was my fourth time. Have always enjoyed the presentations.

Our bus left Palm Desert at 1 pm and we arrived at Laguna Beach’s art festival complex by 3:30 pm. Free shuttle buses provide transportation and serve as a good way to see much of Laguna Beach. We rode one and then shopped the main street’s varied retail establishments. Afterwards had an early dinner on the beachfront deck of the Ocean View Bar and Grill. Good food and excellent location for people watching along with viewing beach, ocean and a portion of the waterfront activities.

We next returned to the Festival of the Arts area and spent time looking at all the artwork and other handiwork offerings on display and for sale. In the center of the area an almost genuine grass section was filled with tables and chairs in front of a stage from which live musical performances were occurring. Folks seated at the tables appear to have brought their own tablecloths, wine and food (or purchased it in the nearby food stands) to consume while listening to the music, people watching or enjoying table conversation. A really nice little venue and entry to that section of the festival area is included in the Pageant’s ticket price.

I’m an early riser and I believe Andrea is one as well. Our return home (it was 2 am when I reached my place) meant we both had experienced a 20+ hour day. Was surprised when I woke around 7 am this morning for had expected to remain asleep a bit longer. But, as some may guess, no bicycle ride this morning for me. Plan to simply enjoy a quiet day.

August 7, 2014

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