Corona Heritage Park is often likened to by visitors as an island of history in a sea of new housing. Indeed, this haven for history, art and culture exists within a temporal dimension that sometimes seems like the Twilight Zone. This annual summer attraction incorporates a definite island theme.
If you look towards the southern mountains from the park, at the right time of year, at the right time of day, when the clouds are nestled in the canyons, it can be very reminiscent of Maui. The event committee was determined to complete the illusion by transforming Heritage Park into a tropical sandy beach (complete with real sand) for that evening in August 2004.
Isle of Corona event in 2005
The event was the Isle of Corona Lobsterfest, Saturday the 27th, 2005, and brought something new and exciting to our landlocked shores.
This “beach party” featured lobster tails (or steak, if you prefered), open fire-grilled to your taste, served with the anticipated luau dishes and tropical drinks.
Dress code is always strictly “island style,” with Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sandals and flowered prints. In fact, you needed to be dressed correctly in order to enter the Aloha shirt contest.
The “big one,” however, was the live Lobster Derby taking place in a 10' divided tank being built especially for the event. Official sponsorship of the thoroughbred lobsters was available and bets may be placed at the track (tank). Of course, all winners were eaten.
As the sun set in the West and the tiki lights fired up, the ukelele players were replaced with hula girls, followed by a grand finale by the fire dancer.
If you’ve been to those other islands, the “Isle of Corona” was fondly familiar minus the long plane ride.
And, just in case you had’t stumbled across our little secret yet – say “Isle of Corona” several times – and you’ll find the special meaning to the whole idea.