Balboa Park

The dream that could have been a nightmare

100 years ago some scrappy San Diegans created a city of the imagination in Balboa Park

By Michael Good | HouseCalls

The Panama-California Exposition began with a bang, nearly collapsed in a fit of whimpering, then found its courage and loudly carried on, successful beyond all reasonable expectations. The 27-month party began at midnight on Dec. 31, 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson touched a telegraph key and set off a barrage of fireworks and electric lights on the darkened Prado, from 2,300 miles away.

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Cherry Blossom Festival hits double digits

Posted: February 27th, 2015 | Balboa Park, Communities, Feature, Top Story | No Comments

By Lucia Viti

Balboa Park’s Japanese Friendship Garden will feature its 10th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8. Celebrate the onset of spring in the Japanese custom of Hanami — flower viewing — and picnic under the pink-blossoming, nationally treasured beauties. Festival highlights will include dance and musical performances of Taiko drumming; a presentation of the Tea Ceremony from the Urasenke Association of San Diego; Japanese treats such as yakisoba, okonomiyaki, taiyaki and tacoyaki; and local vendors selling unique Japanese artifacts. The Friendship Garden will also host a children’s zone for arts and crafts, as well as a sake and beer garden for the adults.

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Civic boosterism and the 1915 exposition

Posted: February 27th, 2015 | Balboa Park, Communities, Featured | No Comments

By David Smollar There was nothing subtle in promotion brochures enticing Americans to venture west for the Panama-Pacific Exposition, which opened Jan. 1, 1915, in Balboa Park. “At least in a thousand ways, it is the greatest of expositions, because it is so original in its conception and execution, so absolutely unique and so different from all other like enterprises that have been heretofore attempted,” began the purple prose of the exposition’s official guide.

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100 … and counting!

By Dave Fidlin

Organizations recognize Balboa Park’s centennial anniversary with new exhibits

It all began with the expansion of the Panama Canal — and a desire to capitalize on its entry into San Diego.

As the venerable Balboa Park celebrates the 100 mark since the momentous occasion, several local organizations are pausing and reflecting on the milestone for a landmark that initially did not have a long-term prognosis in the community.

Beginning this Saturday, Jan. 31, the San Diego History Center (SDHC) will kick off its latest exhibit, “San Diego Invites the World: The 1915 Expo.” The 14-month display will run through the end of March 2016.

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Green with history

By Frank Sabatini Jr. In terms of age, Tobey’s 19th Hole Restaurant is basically on par with The Waterfront Bar & Grill, having opened only a year later in 1934 a few miles away within the Balboa Park Municipal Golf Course, which was formerly known as The Rock Pile. Aside from being one of San Diego’s oldest kitchens, it has also ranked among the most hidden from some of us who don’t know the difference […]

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