Huell Howser Marathon To Air On President's Day
President's Day is a vague holiday, to say the least. While it's technically a celebration of George Washington's birthday, it's also touted as a celebration of all past U.S. presidents—which is to say we're also partying with the likes of Millard Fillmore and Rutherford B. Hayes. Hmm.
If you're confused as to how, exactly, you should be celebrating this upcoming President's Day, public broadcasting has you covered. KCET announced that there'll be a Huell Howser marathon running from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on February 20. And this one's special, because there'll be a theme of "Sea and Shore," meaning Howser will be visiting locales such as Catalina, Venice Beach, and Alcatraz. He'll also get up close and personal with both kelp and abalone (I can smell the briny mist already).
KCET says that February 20 will also kickoff a new schedule in which Hower will air back-to-back every weekday at 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. A release says that the station will air "some of the most rarely seen episodes from both California's Gold and Visiting With Huell Howser." Will we finally get to see that rumored episode in which Howser deduces the identity of the Zodiac killer? (Joking, this never happened).
So, to recap, on President's Day Huell Howser will be airing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., then again from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Also, a special episode called "Huell’s California Adventures" is slated for March 11 at 7 p.m. This one-off will feature Luis Fuerte, Howser's longtime cameraman.
Here's the schedule for President's Day. Stock up on some popcorn.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Kelp” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 8 a.m. PT:
Huell explores one of California’s biggest and most beautiful forests - the incredible kelp forests off our coast. Travel from Monterey to San Diego to see how kelp grows, how it is harvested, and how it finds its way into the common foods we eat.
VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Coastal Cactus Garden” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 8:30 a.m. PT:
Tucked away behind the Hamlet at Moonstone Gardens Restaurant in Cambria is an expansive cactus garden. Join Huell as he strolls through this Central Coast gem filled with indigenous and exotic plants.
VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Venice Beach” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 9 a.m. PT:
Huell explores Venice Beach and finds out why it is such a popular attraction for both tourists and locals alike. He watches paddle tennis, volleyball, and meets the “tree man.”
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Oil Islands” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 9:30 a.m. PT:
In Long Beach, there’s a 42-acre oilfield offshore, in plain view of tourists, port traffic, and beach lovers - with 175-foot high drilling towers and 1,100 wells that penetrate a vast underground. It may well be the most unique and beautiful oil drill sites in America.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Upper Newport Bay” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. PT:
Huell visits the upper Newport Bay to see what is being done to keep this area green for everyone to enjoy.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Abalone” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 10:30 a.m. PT:
Once a mainstay on menus throughout California, Abalone is almost extinct in California. Follow Huell as he visits Pt. Lobos State Reserve to learn about Native Americans' use of both the meat and the shell of the Abalone, and visits a Japanese Abalone cannery.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Carpinteria State Beach” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. PT:
Carpinteria State Beach is a great family destination that offers a mile of beach for swimming, surfing, fishing, camping, and tide pool exploring. Huell learns about all of this, plus how Carpinteria got its name as well as the role that naturally-occurring tar played in its history.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Catalina Casino” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 11:30 a.m. PT:
Huell gets a special tour of a California icon: the Catalina Casino. It has been the focal point of Santa Catalina since it opened over 80 years ago, on May 29, 1929. Completely restored just a few years ago, the ballroom retains its original romantic style - with beautiful rose-hued walls, an arching, 50-foot ceiling and five Tiffany chandeliers.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Guadalupe Dunes” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 12 p.m. PT:
Huell tours the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes preserve with a representative of the Dunes Center, an agency that works to balance public use and resource protection of the largest, most biodiverse, coastal dune- lagoon ecosystem on earth.
VISITING WITH HUELL HOWSER “Maritime Museum” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. PT:
Huell takes a look at the Maritime Museum in San Pedro, filled with Southern California Maritime history.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Tall Ship Californian” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. PT:
Huell sails aboard the state’s official tall ship to see just how hard it was for our early settlers to get here. He also enjoys some sea shanties.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “San Onofre Beach” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. PT:
Huell meets and reminisces with several members of the San Onofre Surfing Club and gets an inside look at California surfing history and beach culture. We’ll meet the old timers and the new breed who call San Onofre home.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Hidden Alcatraz” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. PT:
Join Huell and cameraman, Luis Fuerte, as they go under Alcatraz and discover the labyrinth of tunnels and caves that honeycomb “The Rock.”
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Point Sur Lighthouse” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 2:30 p.m. PT:
Jutting out into the Pacific Ocean from the spectacular Big Sur Coast, the Point Sur Lightstation stands as a silent sentinel to a bygone era.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Santa Cruz Island” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 3 p.m. PT:
Huell travels out to Santa Cruz Island to explore its famous sea caves by kayak, and spends a day paddling way back into these sometimes very narrow and always very dark and wet caves.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Devil’s Jaw” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 3:30 p.m. PT:
Watch Huell as he embarks on a journey to the most dangerous spot on the California coast and find out why it is called “Devil’s Jaw”; then visit the jewel of California missions: La Purisima Mission in Lompoc, now a state historic park.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “San Miguel Island” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 7:00 p.m. PT:
Huell visits San Miguel Island, with a group of history buffs who recreate the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo - the 1st European explorer of the California Coast.
CALIFORNIA’S GOLD “Lost Sierra” - Mon., Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT:
Huell travels to Downieville, nestled high in the Sierra Nevada mountains, where gold miners organized the first ski races in the country and meets the staff of the state's oldest weekly newspaper.
And if it's all too tantalizing, you can take an advanced peek at the Santa Cruz episode: