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The Making of a Masterpiece

80 Years at the Festival of Arts

A 1956 image of the early festival grounds.

The Laguna Beach Historical Society revisits one of the town’s most inspired institutions Tuesday, May 8, at a free presentation open to the public with guests of key personnel from behind the scenes at the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters, now in its 80th year.

The 7:30 p.m. multi-media presentation and panel discussion at City Hall will include pageant director Diane Challis Davy, festival publicist Sharbie Higuchi, exhibit director Martin Betz and scriptwriter Dan Duling. The screening will include a 1950s-vintage promotional video and highlights of key moments in the organization’s history.

The program will be videotaped and is to be televised on the local Cox Cable channel 30.

The Laguna Beach Historical Society opens the Murphy-Smith Bungalow, 278 Ocean Ave., Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

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