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South Bay History and Museum Crawl and Seafood Lunch at Capt. Kidd's

  • Nov 11, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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Please Note: Read the directions below carefully before RSVPing 'Yes' for this event.

1) I am hosting this event for both Gay Foodies and Pleasure Palate.

2) This is a museum crawl which involves stopping by several points of interest and will last for about 4 hours or so.

3) It has to end no later than 2:30 PM  or so, because I have to attend another event afterward. So if we don't visit all the designated stops, we'll complete it at a future visit.

4) I recommend carpooling at a designated point so that its easier for us to go from place to place in the crawl.

First Stop: Western Museum of Flight in Torrance:

The Western Museum of Flight is a non-profit, educational institution dedicated to preserving and displaying aircraft history and artifacts of Southern California's aviation heritage. The Air Museum's educational programs give children an opportunity to see and touch the airplanes that made aviation history. The Air Museum offers an inside look at completed and in-progress aircraft restoration projects. The Western Museum of Flight's collection includes numerous Warbirds, aircraft and target drones, piston and jet aircraft engines, aircraft components, aircraft ejection seats, World War II instruments, aircrew accessories, and an extensive model aircraft collection.

Second Stop: SEA Lab:

1021 N. Harbor Drive Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Metered parking is available across the street on Yacht Club Way.

The SEA Lab is a hands-on coastal science education center in Redondo Beach that offers free and low cost programs for explorers of all ages. The site was originally founded in 1974 as the Edison Marine Research Laboratory to develop a state-of-the-art fish protection system - the very one still in use today at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. Twenty years later, Southern California Edison, together with Earth Island Institute, decided to convert the site into a coastal science education center. LA Conservation Corps was selected to develop and manage the new SEA Lab as one of its programs. In addition to its in-center programs, the SEA Lab extends its offerings into the community through summer camp programs, community service projects and the Traveling Tidepool mobile exhibit. All of the activities are operated by college students trained by the Los Angeles Conservation Corps, who receive help from more than 100 dedicated local volunteers.

3rd Stop: Lunch at Captain Kidd's:

209 N Harbor Dr
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

I normally stop by Quality Seafood at Redondo Beach, but I want to try out their competition Capytain Kidd's based on Gay Foodies member Kyle's recommendation. We will gorge on fresh spider crab, oysters, shrimp, etc. Bring about $40 in cash.

4th Stop: Redondo Beach Historical Museum:

302 Flagler Lane, Redondo Beach, 90277

First Room
The Museum's main room features arrowheads, bowls and other artifacts found in the Redondo Beach area, dating back hundreds of years to when the Chowigna Indians, a tribe of the Gabrielenos, inhabited the area. Also in this room is a history of the Dominguez family. Items in the center case currently feature military influences on the town.

Second Room
Photos of old Redondo illustrate how hundreds of people enjoyed the Plunge, how Hotel Redondo dominated the landscape, and how the legendary George Freeth brought surfing to the area. A memorial window gives visitors a close-up look at the intricacies of stained glass.

Third Room
Aviation and Redondo Union High Schools bring a rich heritage to the City. Displays depict entire classes as well as rule books governing how students were expected to dress and behave. Antique cameras illustrate how the equipment has changed.

Back Room
The flavor of City services is illustrated throughout displays of old and new fire and police equipment. Of particular interest is the hand-drawn firecart. The oil painting portrays the beach as it appeared before the roller coaster was destroyed.

Photos throughout the Museum depict not only the growth of Redondo, but the lifestyle of those who helped build the City over the past century.

5th Stop: Centinela Adobe:

7634 Midfield Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90045

The Historical Society of the Centinela Valley in cooperation with the City of Inglewood Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department maintains the Centinela Adobe Complex at 7643 Midfield Avenue.

Among the landmarks are the Centinela Valley Adobe built in 1834 by Ignacio Machado, the Daniel Freeman Land Office built in 1887, and the Centinela Valley Heritage and Research Center. Through mementos from the 1888 Freeman mansion, more than 10,000 photographs, books and other memorabilia chronicling the evolution of Centinela Valley are available for exploration by generations to come. The name Centinela Valley evolved from the name Centinela Ranch when ranching activities were ending.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    do we need to buy tickets to the museums?

    November 2, 2012

    • Robert

      You don't need to buy tickets to the museums in advance for this museum crawl. We will pay at the door.

      November 2, 2012

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