The Dark Side of History: Paul Woodside

The Dark Side of History: Paul Woodside

By Kevin Newhouse History can be a funny thing. It’s really just telling a story of what happened so that it can be remembered by future generations. Most people have no issue telling the history of inspirational events that leave you feeling good and maybe even a little bit proud. Then there are the stories […]

Amelia’s Barn

Amelia’s Barn

By Kevin Newhouse The apple packing plant built by F.A. Hihn in the early 1890s is closer than ever to being moved to its new location just behind the Bay View Hotel. The inside of the barn has been gutted of all non-historic elements and the entire building is sitting on a temporary foundation of […]

Aptos History Museum Celebrates 10 Years!

Aptos History Museum Celebrates 10 Years!

By Kevin Newhouse May is a special month for Santa Cruz County museums as it is officially National Museum Month. It is also a happy coincidence that the Aptos History Museum celebrates the anniversary of its grand opening every May. This year, in particular, is very special for the Aptos History Museum as it will […]

Final Curtain Call for the Aptos Twin

Final Curtain Call for the Aptos Twin

By Kevin Newhouse Not too long ago, a friend had pointed out that several of my recent articles and social media posts have been focused on the closure of long time establishments in Aptos. In a lighthearted way she asked me to stop bumming her out. I know her comment was made in a joking […]

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 […]