|"Discover Orange County"
Airs Feb. 4, 9-9:30 a.m., KOCE
Crystal Cove Cottages
Old Towne Orange
Santa Ana Zoo
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Along Orange County’s overdeveloped coastline lies three miles (state-owned, of course) so intimate they seem untouched. Like something in a time warp, 13 eclectic cottages have been restored on both shore and bluff of the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District.
Originally built in the 1920s through the 1950s, the recently restored cottages have been filled with vintage furniture to echo their colorful past. While an additional 24 historic cottages await restoration, the area has become a highly desired place to stay.
It's these kinds of Orange County treasures that the independently-produced "Discover Orange County" sets out to locate and examine for each episode. In its first episode, airing February 4, 2010 on KOCE-TV (the local arm of the nonprofit public broadcasting station, PBS), the show will explore the vibrant history of the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages as well as phase three of Crystal Cove Alliance’s restoration plan, with Alliance founder Laura Davick, who grew up in cottage number two.
"Discover Orange County" aims to provide a glimpse into the history of Orange County, from its most illustrious spots down to the nooks and crannies. While other Orange County-based KOCE shows focus on specific businesses or individuals, "Discover Orange County’s" host Lisa Hart says, “We want to give the viewers an idea of what’s in their backyard.” And also what makes Orange County unique.
Each episode focuses on one place in the OC, recounting its past and embracing its present. It’s about place and time: why the architecture is here and why it’s valuable for us today. Old Towne Orange, for example, “is changing all the time,” Hart says. “We want to show people what it looks like, what it offers today and how it’s going to benefit them.”