Throwback Thursday – Coronado’s Beach School

There’s probably no better school experience than going to school at the beach.  Right here on Coronado, many children did just that in little buildings on the beach in front of the Hotel del Coronado.

A marketing brochure said, “A school for children is maintained in the hotel grounds with a capable and successful teaching staff.  Amusements and playrooms for children are provided until 9:00pm under experienced and competent control.  The childrens’ dining room is furnished with a special bill-of-fare sufficiently varied to suit all ages, with service equal to given in the main dining room.”

Children who attended the school were from local wealthier families and children who were guests at the Hotel del Coronado, many of whom wintered on Coronado.  The usual math and reading were taught, as well as refined society courses such as ballroom dancing and French.  Ahhh, the good life…..

HDC aerial with beach schoolPhotos from Crawford Family Collection – copyright protected.

HDC Beach School aerial - Harold TaylorPhotos from Crawford Family Collection – copyright protected.

Flame Tree – a perfect name for this tree. The Australian Flame Tree (Brachychiton acerifolius) is native to…..well, guess. :-)

IMG_3586 (640x480)This tree loves sun, and once established, is drought tolerant. You can plant it year round in Southern California except the mountains and the desert. These trees can grow to 45-50 feet high and 25 feet across. Like jacaranda trees, Australian Flame Trees drop leaves, then flowers, so there are messy times during the year that have to be endured. It’s a small price to pay….. Since their bloom cycles are about the same, wouldn’t this be spectacular planted near jacaranda trees? The colors would be stunning against the sky and, even better, would be a carpet of orange and purple blossoms!

Australian Flame Tree Sign

This particular tree is on Flora Avenue, over by Star Park. I love that the property owner provided signage to educate the public, too. I’d want to know!

Village Theater – April 10 to April 16

April 8, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – April 10 to April 16 Woman in Gold (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Furious 7 (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:15), 5:20, 8:30 Danny Collins (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Coronado Village Theater 820 Orange Avenue […]

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Village Theater – April 3 to April 9

April 2, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – April 3 to April 9 Furious 7 (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (1:45), 5:10, 8:30 The Divergent Series: Insurgent (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Cinderella (PG) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:20, 8:30 Coronado Village Theater 820 Orange Avenue […]

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Village Theater – March 27 to April 2

March 25, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – March 27 to April 2 It Follows (R) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 The Divergent Series: Insurgent (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Cinderella (PG) Digital Presentation […]

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Concerts In the Park 2015

March 22, 2015

The line-up for this year’s Coronado Concerts in the Park 2015, Spreckel’s Park to be exact, is out. A tradition of music, friends, food and fun, all summer long on Coronado! *Most Concerts begin at 6:00pm unless otherwise noted…. May 24 Coronado Community Band Sponsored by the City of Coronado May 31 Open/BNE Sponsored by […]

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Village Theater – March 20 to 26

March 18, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – March 20 to 26 The Divergent Series: Insurgent (PG-13) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Cinderella (PG) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel […]

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TBT – Hotel del Coronado 1887

March 12, 2015

TBT – Hotel del Coronado 1887 – The foundation work for the Hotel Del began on this day, March 12,1887.  In this picture, visitors to Coronado are surveying the beach just south of the Hotel del Coronado’s construction site.  Eventually, 14,000 barrels of concrete were poured to create 2,308 linear feet of foundation walls!   Do […]

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Village Theater – March 13 to 19

March 11, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – March 13 to 19 Cinderella (PG) Digital Presentation Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Chappie (R) Digital Presentation Fri: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Sat & Sun: (2:30), 8:30 Mon – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 […]

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Village Theater – March 6 to 12

March 3, 2015

First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka. Village Theater – March 6 to 12 Chappie (R) Digital Presentation Fri: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Sat & Sun: (11:30 AM), 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 Mon – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (PG) Digital Presentation Fri: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30 Sat & Sun: (11:30 AM), 2:30, 5:30, 8:30 Mon – […]

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