F.A. Hihn and the Mule He Rode In On

F.A. Hihn and the Mule He Rode In On

By Kevin Newhouse On Saturday, January 16, The Aptos History Museum is hosting a presentation by Stan Stevens on Frederick Augustus (F.A.) Hihn. Stevens, who for many years was the UCSC map librarian and is the foremost authority on Hihn, will be providing details regarding his presence in the Aptos and Santa Cruz Mountains lumber […]

A Farewell to “Sushi on the Run”

A Farewell to “Sushi on the Run”

By Kevin Newhouse I’m sad to report that Sushi on the Run will be closing its doors as of November 30, 2015. Chef Masa (Masayuki Watanabe) has decided to retire from the kitchen after a very successful career. However, he and his wife will remain residents of Aptos, which in my opinion is a good […]

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

By Kevin Newhouse There’s no better time of year to visit a cemetery than October. It’s the perfect way to get excited about Halloween! It’s always fun to celebrate the holiday by decorating your house with fake tombstones and the bloody remains of a zombie outbreak, but it is important to remember that in reality, […]

The Windjammer Says Goodbye

The Windjammer Says Goodbye

The Windjammer Lounge in Aptos recently posted a sign stating, “Effective 8/17/15, The Windjammer Lounge will be closed indefinitely,” thus ending another chapter in the book of Aptos’ longest running establishments. The Jammer (as it’s known by it’s loyal patrons) had been serving up drinks and entertainment for the past 46 years. It was part […]

The Aptos History Museum

The Aptos History Museum

By Kevin Newhouse On August 14, the Aptos History Museum will be hosting its annual fundraiser around the pool at the Seascape Sports Club. This year’s theme is “Party Like Gatsby.” Although it is not a requirement, you are invited to wear your best 1920’s apparel or tennis wear. The fundraiser will include food and […]

The Legacy of Lucille Aldrich

The Legacy of Lucille Aldrich

History of the Aptos 4th of July Parade and the Aptos Ladies By Kevin Newhouse The 4th of July is upon us once again. It’s a day to remember the battles that were fought and lives that were sacrificed in order for the United States to gain its independence from Great Britain 239 years ago. It’s […]

The First Fire Station in Aptos

The First Fire Station in Aptos

By Kevin Newhouse Just in case you haven’t noticed, Aptos Village has been the topic of my most recent history articles. I think the reason why is pretty obvious. After more than 35 years and multiple proposals since the first adopted plan in 1979, the Aptos Village Redevelopment Plan is underway and major changes are […]

Discover The Sweet Spots

Discover The Sweet Spots

Courtesy of Arts Council of Santa Cruz County and Lenz Arts The “sweet spots” of Santa Cruz and surrounding San Luis Obispo and Marin counties are revealed in the large, institutional-sized oil painting of Ed Penniman. Many of the paintings are romanticized memories of these special spots formed during an idyllic boyhood in his native […]

Hihn’s Barn

Hihn’s Barn

By Kevin Newhouse If you ever want to step back in time and experience what an old-style village market was like, you need to pay a visit to Village Fair Antiques located at 417 Trout Gulch Road. The building, an apple-packing plant from the 1880s, is a historic landmark and is one of the last […]

R.I.P. Post Office Jumps: How It All Began

R.I.P. Post Office Jumps: How It All Began

By Kevin Newhouse I grew up on Trout Gulch Road and for most of my life the open field across from the Post Office was just a short cut to Aptos Station. One day though, I remember seeing a few kids with shovels building up what looked like bike jumps. It didn’t strike me as […]