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Wharf 100th Anniversary

SANTA CRUZ WHARF 100TH ANNIVERSARY EVENTS IN 2014 
The Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the Wharf's 100th birthday with a series of events designed to engage and entertain locals and visitors alike. Mark your calendars for: 

 

 

20TH ANNUAL WOODIES ON THE WHARF
Saturday, June 21, 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Santa Cruz Wharf
Celebrating its centennial in 2014, the scenic and historic Santa Cruz Wharf is the perfect setting for a celebration of the surf spirit and classic surf wagons. More than 200 "woodies," gorgeous, pre-1950s cars that feature wood bodies, line the wharf. Music, T-shirts, memorabilia and prize drawings add to the free fun. Stroll the wharf and enjoy dozens of Wharf shops and restaurants and stellar coastal views while you soak up the sun and beauty of Northern California's premier woodie show. Presented by the Santa Cruz Woodies, Wharf Association and the City of Santa Cruz. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, KSBW TV, and KPIG 107.5 FM. Free bike valet. Visit santacruzwharf.com, call 831-420-5273 or email. Cost: FREE!

41ST ANNUAL ROUGHWATER SWIM
Saturday, August 2, 2014
11:00 am
Santa Cruz Wharf
Just named by the World Open Water Swimming Association as one of America's Top Open Water Swims! This one-mile swim around the historic Santa Cruz Wharf attracts ocean swimmers from all over Northern California. Participating or viewing the race is an ideal way to celebrate the wharf’s 100th Anniversary. Starting on Main Beach and finishing on Cowell Beach, the swim around the Wharf gives athletes a unique perspective on this century-old structure and its most vocal residents, the sea lions! The Roughwater Swim is co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz City Surf Lifesaving Association and sanctioned by United States Swimming and Pacific Masters Swimming. Entry Forms and information available at pacificmasters.org, Lifeguard Headquarters on the Wharf or at the Parks and Recreation Office, 323 Church Street in Santa Cruz. Call 831-420-5270.

22ND ANNUAL ALOHA RACES & POLYNESIAN FESTIVAL
Sunday, August 24, 2014
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Santa Cruz Wharf
This year the Aloha Races and Polynesian Festival joins in the celebration of the Wharf's 100th Anniversary! We'll celebrate the history of the Three Hawaiian Princes who first rode redwood surf boards at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River during the summer of 1885, years before the Wharf was built in 1914. Our Hawaiian connections continue to this day via the Aloha Outrigger Races and Polynesian Festival. Designed especially for new and novice paddlers, the Celebrity races are a chance to discover the excitement of outrigger canoe racing. Join the fun or cheer for friends in the race. The Polynesian Festival follows with a taste of the tropics – fresh flower leis, shave ice, and dance performances. Sponsored by O’Neill, Pu Pu O’Hawaii Outrigger Canoe Club. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, KSBW TV and KPIG 107.5 FM. Visit santacruzwharf.com, call 831-420-5273 or email. Cost: Festival FREE! Team entries $100 for team of four if entered by August 1.

ON THE WATERFRONT:
CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WHARF HISTORY
Saturdays, September 13, 20 and 27, 2014
10:00 am - 11:30 am
Meet at the Sanctuary Exploration Center, then stroll the Wharf
35 Pacific Ave and Santa Cruz Wharf
The Santa Cruz waterfront has always served as a significant entree to our region’s history. With the Santa Cruz Wharf celebrating its centennial in 2014, what better way to explore this rich historical tapestry than with award-winning author and historian Geoffrey Dunn, a fourth-generation member of the pioneer Stagnaro fishing family. Dunn will present a colorful half-hour presentation of historic waterfront photographs at the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Exploration Center, and then embark on a leisurely historic tour to the end of the wharf. Space limited. Cost: $20.00 person, register online at santacruzparksandrec.com.

CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION AND PROPOSED FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR
Saturday, October 4, 2014
Celebration: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm | Santa Cruz Wharf
Proposed Fireworks Spectacular: 9:00 pm | Main Beach
It's the celebration of the century for the Santa Cruz Wharf! We've been celebrating the Wharf all year, but we've saved the best for last. Join us for a special round-up of activities to mark the Santa Cruz Wharf's 100th birthday and honor its legacy as the longest wooden wharf on the coast of the United States. The event will kick off at 10:00 am with a historic procession down the Wharf led by the Santa Cruz High Marching Band. Community members are encouraged to attend in period dress as we mirror the opening back in 1914. The celebration will continue throughout the day including a Pop Up Museum presented by the Museum of Art and History celebrating Italian fishing heritage, antique cars, bocce ball, photo booths, sand castling PLUS fun live music including the Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band and Wally's Swing World. The Fireworks Spectacular will cap off the festivities with a bang! Sponsored by Whole Foods, Plantronics, the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and the Santa Cruz Wharf. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, KSBW TV, KPIG 107.5 FM and 101.7 The Beach. For details, call 831-420-5273. Cost: FREE!

Friday, October 31, 2014
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Santa Cruz Wharf
Little witches, goblins, ghosts, and their parents can enjoy safe and sane trick-or-treating at the Parks and Recreation Department’s Halloween celebration on the wharf. Treats for kids provided at wharf businesses. A children’s costume contest on the wharf stage will add to the fun! Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel, KCBA TV and 101.7 The Beach. Visit santacruzwharf.com, call 831-420-5273 or email. Cost: FREE!

100TH ANNIVERSARY COMMEMORATION CEREMONIES
Friday, December 5, 2014
11:00 am
Santa Cruz Wharf
The Santa Cruz Wharf officially opened in December 5, 1914, and thrived as a hub of the Santa Cruz fishing industry. One hundred years later, the Santa Cruz Wharf serves as a bustling center of recreation, including fishing, plus dining and shopping. To commemorate 100 years of the Santa Cruz Wharf’s history, culture and glorious setting, join us for special ceremonies on the Wharf stage with honored guests and Santa Cruz citizens. The Santa Cruz Wharf is our gateway to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and a testament to Santa Cruz's spirit of ingenuity, perseverance and optimism. Celebrate the milestone and toast the Santa Cruz Wharf's future at this free event. Co-sponsored by the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Visit santacruzwharf.com, call 831-420-5277 or email. Cost: FREE!

For information and sponsorship opportunities about these and other 100th Anniversary events, please call the Wharf 100 Committee at 831-420-5277. To donate, visit friendsofparksandrec.org.

EventDate/Time
41st Annual Roughwater Swim8/2/2014 11:00 AM
22nd Annual Aloha Races & Polynesian Festival8/24/2014 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Santa Cruz Wharf Centennial Celebration10/4/2014 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Halloween on the Santa Cruz Wharf10/31/2014 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Santa Cruz Wharf 100th Anniversary Commemoration Ceremonies12/5/2014 11:00 AM