Set foot on Balboa Island and it’’s love at first sight! And in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, the Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society is sponsoring a “love story” contest.

Get out your pen or pencil, laptop or iPad, and start writing your sweet story. It can be a personal tale of romance connected to Balboa Island or an essay about your love for the island. Bring your “love story” to the Museum, and you’’ll be entered to win a romantic gondola ride on the bay! These real-life narratives will become part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Museum volunteer Sally Herdman has her own joyful tale of meeting her husband five years ago while working at The Sandpiper. She had recently moved to the island after being widowed, and this fateful meeting marked the beginning of a new chapter in her life.

The Museum will be holding a Valentine’’s Day celebration with refreshments and photos on Saturday, February 15th and Sunday, February 16th between 10:00 and 4:00 p.m.

For more information, call 949.675.3952 or visit the Museum and check out the details displayed in the old-fashioned typewriter at the front.

The Balboa Island Museum & Historical Society is located at 331 Marine Avenue, Balboa Island CA 92662. Open to the public on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with a suggested donation of $1.00.