Upcoming Events

*After two postponements, 2016 by the Soberanes Fire and 2017 by the Mud Creek road closure, the 25th Annual Big Sur Jade Festival – October 5, 6, 7 – is set to be held at Pacific Valley School. More to follow as the event approaches.

*The 70th Anniversary of the Big Sur Grange will be held:

On Saturday September 15th, 2018 gather with your friends and neighbors to Celebrate 70 years of community engagement at our Big Sur Grange! 3-8pm. We are preparing long harvest tables beside the river, and so much more………

It’s a Potluck Picnic- Bring a bountiful savory dish for dinner. Bring your own place setting; plate, fork, and knife.

Homemade sparkling drinks and iced teas will be available for sale.

It’s a Pie contest – Enter a sweet pie into the contest! Judges will be tasting for flavor combinations, texture, originality, beauty and more! Try something new or bring a well-loved classic. Once the winners are chosen – the pies will be our dessert! All entries must arrive before 5pm.

It’s a farmer’s market – Come and gather your weeks groceries, fruits and vegetables will be on sale from Halls Organic Farm and local gardens.

It’s for all ages – Big Sur Park School will have some harvest craft activities for the young ones.

It’s wonderful acoustic bluegrass wafting through the redwoods – Local favorites Eliot’s Haircut will play during the picnic.

It’s a Contra Dance – Caller Claire Takemori and Musicians John Weed and Tyler Weed, will be leading all ages in circle and line dances in the hall after dinner.
Looking forward to seeing you there, please help spread the word up canyons and down ridges!

On Sunday September 16th

The Grange board will host a delicious pancake breakfast and a presentation by the Big Sur Historical Society.

“Revealing and remembering stories from 70 years at the Grange.”

Come at 9:30, breakfast will be in the hall at long tables. The presentation will be offered during breakfast from 10-12. Bring your memories to share.

Seating is limited so we ask that you reserve your seats ASAP by emailing kendramorgenrath@gmail.com with the amount of seats you would like. We will collect the $10.00 per seat at the door.

Ocean Frontiers 11

December 22,2013

CONTACT: LYNDA SAYRE, CHAIR B-SAGE, An action group of Communities for
Sustainable Monterey County (CSMC)
(831) 667-8823, lyndasayre@gmail.com

Big Sur Premier of “Ocean Frontiers 11”
Wednesday, January 15

Big Sur Grange Hall

Hwy 1 & Juan Higuera Creek

Big Sur, California 93920

Free soup and salad at 6.
Bring your own place setting
Rise Up Singing and Program at 6:30

Donations gratefully accepted – Help with set up at 5:30 appreciated

Ocean Frontiers 1I, A New England story for Sustaining the Sea, brings audiences face-to-face with those now embarking on the nation’s first multi-state ocean plan.

The 40 minute film highlights the historic and emerging ocean uses of New England waters and introduces viewers to people working on the Northeast regional ocean planning initiative. In a region steeped in old maritime tradition, we see a modern wave of big ships, energy industries, and a changing climate, now testing the limits of an already crowded sea. But in a pioneering trial of far-sighted planning—pushed by blueprints for offshore wind energy—old residents and new are coming together to keep their ocean and livelihoods alive.

Dr. George Somero, David and Lucile Packard Professor of Marine Science and Associate Director–Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, retired, will answer questions and help us understand why this film is important to those of us living on Monterey Bay.

Ocean Frontiers 11 is an inspiring story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and healthier seas across New England, and is the second of an award-winning film series produced by Green Fire Productions. (The first film shown in Big Sur last January had a standing room only turnout.)
We see how collaborative planning reduces conflicts over ocean resources and puts us on a new path of ocean stewardship. Rhode Island citizens—coastal planners, fishermen, Native American tribal leaders, environmental advocates, scientists, and wind energy executives—are featured in the film, showcasing the Ocean State’s work to not only identify options for developing offshore wind power, but to prepare for the full gamut of impending demands upon the state’s ocean.

To screen the Ocean Frontiers II film trailer visit http://www.ocean-frontiers.org/trailer. http://www.facebook.com/OceanFrontiers or twitter@Ocean_Frontiers.
Press images: http://www.ocean-frontiers.org/press

Presented by B-SAGE and the Big Sur Grange

B-SAGE & The Grange offer an eye-opening film

B-SAGE and the Big Sur Grange present

Forks Over Knives: How a Plant Based Diet Can Save America*

Wednesday, Oct. 23 at the Big Sur Grange
6 pm potluck (bring a dish to share and your own place setting)
6:30 Rise Up Singing and Film showing
Free Donations gratefully accepted.
Help with set up at 5:30 would be appreciated.

“A great film”
​Sanjay Gupta, M.D. CNN Chief Medical Correspondent
“ A film that can save your life.”
​Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
“I loved it and I need all of you to see it.”
​Dr. Oz, The Dr. Oz Show

What has happened to us? Despite the most advanced medical technology in the world, we are sicker than ever by nearly every measure.

Two out of every three of us are overweight. Cases of diabetes are exploding, especially amongst our younger population. About half of us are taking at least one prescription drug. Major medical operations have become routine, helping to drive health care costs to astronomical levels. Heart disease, cancer and stroke are the country’s three leading causes of death, even though billions are spent each year to “battle” these very conditions. Millions suffer from a host of other degenerative diseases.

The idea of food as medicine is put to the test. Throughout the film, cameras follow “reality patients” who have chronic conditions from heart disease to diabetes. Doctors teach these patients how to adopt a whole-foods plant-based diet as the primary approach to treat their ailments—while the challenges and triumphs of their journeys are revealed.

Condor Project

The Big Sur Grange and Big Sur Historical Society co-host and the Ventana Wildlife Society Presents

THE CONDOR PROJECT-Past, Present, Future
Thursday, April 4th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Big Sur Grange

Please join us for a fascinating presentation by Joe Burnett,
Big Sur Condor Project Coordinator. Program to start at 6:30.

Soup, salad, bread and a small dessert will be furnished starting at 6:00

Donations accepted and appreciated

RSVP 831-667-2956 no later than April 2nd.

Thank you and I apologize for this being so late.

Dave Smiley


Few of us will ever forget this day, eight years ago. Many of us sat in stunned disbelief in front of our television set watching the events of this day unfold. Today, may we all remember our fallen, and pray for peace in our world — in our lifetime.


On another note, as Barbara Ray posted in a comment on the “About” page: “Saturday is the Big Sur Health Center 30th Anniversary BBQ at the Grange from 12-4 P.M. Everyone is invited for free food, music, and celebration. It should be a great community event.”

Flooding Photos

TODAY”S FORECAST: NOAA is predicting .38 inch of rain between 4 pm and 10 pm today for the Big Sur area. See 2008 Winter Conditions to the right for the new NOAA forecast map, just sent by Charles Bell of NWS in Monterey.

These photos of the Grange and Debbie’s house and yard were sent to me this morning. What a mess, huh?

Read Debbie’s Story under Storm Watch, 11/2/08, below, or click on post to the right.

The Grange and Parking Lot

Debbie’s Yard. This was a garden that was on the Hidden Valley Garden Tour. Under all that mud is a lawn, now buried.

Debbie’s Porch and Front Door

This is what Debbie came home to, after fleeing to Glen Oaks Saturday night. Sunday morning, Don Case brought her the Sunday paper, and offered his help. This, the man in the photo with Buddha, who lost everything in the Basin Fire. Don, if you read this, you epitomize the Big Sur Spirit!

Oh, Debbie! Thank you so much for sharing your story and your photographs. They are both just so heart-wrenching. I look at these, and remember all the wonderful 4th of July parties we had out here in this garden, in the sun belt! I’ll have to locate one of my photos from then (on the other computer?) and post so people can see how beautiful it is, when not covered in mud!

And here is later in the day: “Blaze to the Rescue!”