Park Hall Columns Theater 

The Magic of Theater Right Here in The Valley

By Ed Levy A wellspring of theatrical art flows from Mountain Community Theater (MCT) at Park Hall in Ben Lomond. A treasure trove of comedy, tragedy, musical theater, lights, sound, and visuals, MCT provides opportunities to participate in and learn stagecraft alongside local thespian luminaries. Formed in 1982, founding members included Steve Brenner, Randy Birch, Albert Kent, Paul Sampson, Peter… Read More
mountain echo fig leaves Columns History Local History 

The Mountain Echo Fig Leaf Editions

By Ronnie Trubek 18 year old newspaper model, Miss Helena Farrell, displays three issues of the Mountain Echo, the Boulder Creek newspaper, published November 11, 18, and 25, 1916. After the turn-of-the-century lumber boom collapsed, Luther McQuesten, the final publisher and editor, would not buy newsprint due to “the high cost of papers and the delinquency of quite a few… Read More
Column: MC Dwyer Columns Real Estate Water 

New Septic Regulations Taking Effect July 2023

By M.C. Dwyer The Santa Cruz Association of REALTORS recently held an educational event about point-of-sale septic regulations taking effect in Santa Cruz County in July 2023. Mark Kinder of Affordable Septic, who’s installed thousands of systems, explained everything we need to know about septic system repair and the new regulations.     The State Water Resources Control Board oversees all California… Read More
Young Actors’ Theatre Camp a Haven for Young Thespians Theater 

The Best Summer Camp on Earth: Young Actors’ Theatre Camp a Haven for Young Thespians 

By Julie Horner Many of us have memories of summer camp. The initial shyness and the eventual camaraderie that makes us reluctant at the end of our few days together to return to “real life.”  Every year the Santa Cruz Mountains plays host to Young Actors’ Theatre, a camping experience like no other held at Mount Cross in Ben Lomond.… Read More
Entertainment Music Venues 

Blue House Stage Scotts Valley Music Venue

Secluded Scotts Valley ranch with a house painted blue provides an artistic place for live music in the Santa Cruz Mountains. By Julie Horner “You can’t really show up and not smile when you see a bright blue house,” homesteader and music lover Brooke Lipman said. “We are the Blue House. Within the Blue House there is Blue House Stage,… Read More