The California Mission Ride includes a group of riders, filmmakers, and historians who have committed to a two part adventure as they ride, on horseback from mission to mission.  Their journey began two weeks ago and this Saturday, September 1,  members of the California Mission Ride will be arriving at the Santa Cruz Mission!

Below is a schedule of events taking place at the mission. Also, please check their very informative website.

One of the team members on the ride is a Santa Cruz High parent, Gwyneth Horder-Payton. You can learn more about Gwyneth and her team here.

Schedule of events at the Santa Cruz Mission:

Cyclists with People Power escort The California Mission Ride team into  Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park in the afternoon  Note this line from the mission statement of People Power of Santa Cruz County: “We are committed to helping government, citizens, and businesses overcome their dependance on the automobile.”

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  ”The Lives of California Indians of Mission Santa Cruz” —   Join riders and crew of The California Mission Ride as Interpreter Julie Sidel of California State Parks leads them on an eye-opening tour at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.  This site includes the only neophyte housing that remains standing in the entire mission chain.  In a reconstructed apartment, we’ll see where Indian families lived, and we’ll hear about their daily lives and challenges there during the mission era. The rooms are filled with important artifacts, and examples of furnishings and tools that Native Americans used at this mission, including cookware, sleeping accommodations for babies, and many other illuminating items that bring the old adobe rooms to life.  After we visit the adobe, Julie Sidel will introduce us to the park’s cultural gardens, where we’ll discover some of the native plants important to Indians of this region before and during the mission era, as well as some of the plants introduced by the Spanish.  While donations are graciously accepted, this event is free and open to the public.

5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.  ”Dinner and Live Music” —  In the courtyard of Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park with The California Mission Ride.    California Indian & Spanish agricultural traditions will be highlighted for dinner, and California Indian and Spanish oral culture and music traditions will be featured   through sunset in free events open to the public.  Please bring warm clothes and blankets or lawn chairs.

Dinner: Organic vegetarian items, and organic grilled meats, will be available for purchase on the grounds.  Vendors, finger food  & dinner plate offerings, plus basic prices, to be posted soon.  Complimentary tortillas will be served!

6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.  ”Campfire Gathering”  –  Join horsemen and crew of The California Mission Ride around the fire pit in the Mission Santa Cruz State Historic Park courtyard for enthralling stories and sweet songs.  Please bring warm clothes and blankets or lawn chairs.

Featured storytellers: Ann Marie Sayers, Ohlone Indian and Tribal Chair of Indian Canyon in Hollister (see our Trail Blog for an exclusive interview with Ann Marie Sayers); and Bethany Kilzer of Santa Cruz, known for her tales of frogs, turtles, snakes, and more.

Campfire tunes for cowboys and cowgirls will be performed by Michelle Kiba, the Ukulele Lady of Santa Cruz, and the evening concludes with historical and environmental songs by the 5Ms of Santa Cruz (the 5 Ms stand for “Mostly Mediocre Musical Monarch Mariposas”).