Apple Harvest and Cider Pressing with Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project

Participants arrived ready to work, but also motivated to haul home tubs of apples and jugs of juice for drinking or fermenting into hard cider.

On Saturday, September 28, the Santa Cruz Fruit Tree Project held their annual apple harvest and cider pressing party at the Live Oak Grange located at 1900 17th Avenue in Live Oak.

By 10 a.m., people started arriving at the grange, eager to harvest and make juice. Some people began preparing apples straightaway, while the rest of the group split up to harvest more apples from two different locations.

One group harvested apples from a location close to the grange, while the other group caravanned to an old orchard in Soquel. The orchard belongs to Farmer Bill, who previously owned and operated a pear orchard in the Santa Clara Valley.

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Sour Mash Hug Band at Club Kuumbwa in Santa Cruz

Lead singer Shiri Goldsmith captivated the audience with skills, humor, and charm. She borrowed a beer from the audience for a gurgling song.

On Saturday, September 28, the Sour Mash Hug Band performed at Club Kuumbwa in downtown Santa Cruz, “a new, casual concert series featuring independent artists and cheap beer!” Club Kuumbwa presents all ages shows at Kuumbwa Jazz Center, a nonprofit arts organization which has been celebrating creativity since 1975.

Kuumbwa Jazz “provides opportunities for residents and visitors in the Santa Cruz area to enjoy and appreciate the full spectrum of jazz music through live performance and education. Kuumbwa Jazz envisions a community where all people can experience the joy of music, and understand the value and legacy of jazz as an original American art form.”

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