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July 23, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
An event every 4 weeks that begins at 8:00 pm on Saturday, happening 2 times
Castro-Coastal Connection, a campfire event led by State Parks Interpreter Joseph Carr Ritchie, will explain the link between Santa Cruz County’s first State Beach, Sunset State Beach, and Castro Adobe State Historic Park, the county’s newest State Historic Park. The free event will be offered 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 23, and Saturday, Aug. 20.
Once upon a time, the properties currently owned by State Parks were part of a larger land grant holding of the Castro family. The Castros arrived in California as part of the De Anza Expedition 240 years ago and eventually made their way to Santa Cruz County. During the Mexican Rancho period of 1821-1850, they grazed cattle in the coastal hills and shipped hides from an embarcadero (wharf) that once existed between Sunset and Manresa State Beaches.
The program, which includes a slideshow, hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows, aims to bring local families out to experience the State Beach and enjoy the translated (English/Spanish) presentation. The talk will be in the campground area at Sunset State Beach, 201 Sunset Beach Road in Watsonville. The program is free. Parking is $10 and supports the park. Participants will be invited to future Open House events at the Castro Adobe State Historic Park.