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 […]

Last Days of Aptos’ Village Fair

Last Days of Aptos’ Village Fair

By Noel Smith For the past fifty years the Village Fair (aka Aptos Apple Barn originally the Hihn apple packing shed built around 1891), has served as a treasure house of memories in the form of antiques, oddities and the hard-to find. Today there are 12 dealers that are there in the business of selling […]

Holiday Fire Safety

Holiday Fire Safety

By Mike DeMars, Public Information Officer Central Fire Protection District Central Fire Protection would like to remind everyone to be fire safe during this holiday season. Some holiday fire safety tips include: Make sure that you have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home Keep candles away from flammable materials Extinguish candles when […]

Conservation Efforts, Water Shortage, Groundwater Law and more …

Conservation Efforts, Water Shortage, Groundwater Law and more …

By Kim Adamson, General Manager Soquel Creek Water District As we settle into fall, our fingers are crossed that we are approaching a typical, rainy winter that will help replenish water supplies across California. But here in the mid-county area, we will still have a serious water shortage even if the drought ends this year […]