Calling All Film Buffs and Fan Boys! Catalina Film Festival Honors Stan Lee

Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California, was a favorite family getaway for me during my teenage years
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My sister and her husband used to take me with them there on their family vacations. I would get to babysit my little nieces and also have a fun-filled week in paradise. I haven’t been back in years but now have the perfect opportunity to return: The Catalina Film Festival.  From May 4-6, 2012, the second annual Catalina Film Festival will be celebrating film with over 75 movies plus nightly events and entertainment.

This year’s opening night will feature a special screening of The Avengers® with a special appearance by Stan Lee, the genius creator behind famed comics Spider-Man®, The Hulk®, X-Men®, Fantastic Four®, Iron Man®, and Thor®.

POW!'s Stan Lee will be honored at 2nd annual Catalina Film Festival

Mr. Lee will be receiving “The Great Communicator” Award, bestowed by the Ronald Regan Presidential Foundation and will be present for a special Q & A with the audience after the screening of The Avengers.

If you are not necessarily a comic book fan, but are a lover of film, there will be plenty of other genres to enjoy and certainly a number of celebrities to hob nob with over the weekend. Plus, the island is full of fun activities for the entire family so you can make it a mini-vacation. Here are just a few of my suggestions of things to do on this delightful gem of an island:

  • Eat pizza at Antonio’s and throw peanut shells on the ground.
  • Indulge in a Buffalo Burger at Erik’s on the Pier.
  • Rent Golf Carts to see the island.
  • Take the Glass Bottom Boat to see the underwater sea life
  • Go miniature golfing
  • Enjoy lunch at the Wrigley Mansion
  • Rent Paddle Boats to work out those quad muscles
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To purchase festival passes check out the Film Festival site.