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.

Jade Festival Photos

What a weekend! I was too busy to get any but a couple of shots, but I have collected a few from others I wish to share. There were several world famous musicians who played.

Here is a phtograph of Danny Weis, one of the founding members of Iron Butterfly … photo by bigsurkate


Here is a wonderful close-up of a piece of Jade by Howard Jones. More at


I have a few more I will be adding throughout the day, but I must first add a thank you to the core members of the SCCLT who do the vast majority of the work in setting this up: Syd Carr for the incredible music and volunteers; Kirk Brock who brings the diverse array of vendors to us each year; Steve Finch, who was in charge of almost everything else; and Lisa Gehring who controls all the money. The school and PTO had a number of booths, not the least of which was the BBQ booth, led by Gordon Pfiffero and Josh Wilson. It was the best! And for one of the most important, and least recognized jobs of all – trash and recycling, Gail Dinsmore. To all who contributed in all ways great and small – we keep getting better each year due to the hard work you all contribute to this community event.

More photos later.
The Jade Lady by Gary Gowdy, one of my favorite pieces, photographed by Kalamakuaikalani D.

Jade Festival #23, 2014

Featuring the Gem of the South Coast – Jade! It starts tomorrow at noon, until 6 pm, Sat. 10-6, Sun 10-5 at a Pacific Valley School, brought to you since 1990 by the South Coast Community Land Trust. (1996 festival was canceled due to The Wild Fire)

This is from the first festival:


My, my, how we have grown!

SCCLT and Jade Festival Thank You

Despite the recent US Government shutdown, and the subsequent loss of our Special Use Permit from the US Forest Service, the 22nd. Annual Big Sur Jade Festival this past Columbus Day weekend turned out to be an unprecedented success despite those difficulties. We would like to thank the residents of Big Sur for their staunch support, for their refusal to let events on the other side of the country cancel an event which has provided educational opportunities to local schoolchildren and supported local first responders and many community organizations for over two decades.
We specifically would like to thank our Congressional Representative Sam Farr, and his aide Alec Arago for their help during this difficult episode. Mr. Farr personally intervened by calling the US Secretary of Agriculture on our behalf and opening a dialogue with the US Forest Service which resulted in the partial reinstatement of our operating permit despite the shutdown. Mr. Farr’s availability and concern for his constituents during this trying time was a testament to him and his staff, we could not have accomplished what we did without his assistance. Many local residents and businesses then stepped forward and provided much needed support for our volunteers and organizers. Treebones Resort, and Mr. Harry Harris kindly offered our volunteers places to camp on their properties, along with Gordon Piffero, Superintendent of Big Sur Unified School District who allowed volunteers to camp at Pacific Valley School. Without those volunteers and a place to house them the festival would have been impossible to manage, we owe deep thanks to those individuals who selflessly made that possible. We also want to thank Jeanne Alkaire who started a Change.org petition which garnered nearly a thousand signatures on our behalf in less than two days, we were amazed and gratified by that international response. Local businesses like Treebones Resort, Nepenthe, and Esalen Institute stepped up and provided material support to our festival, and as always we thank them for their kind patronage. We also would like to thank the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade with CERT Team members, and it’s Board of Directors who volunteered to mange parking at this year’s festival, an effort skillfully led by John Handy. The result of having those highly trained individuals involved was a smooth and incident-free weekend which was made possible by their hard work and professionalism. And we must not forget US Forest Service Chief Ranger Tim Short, who despite the lack of personnel worked diligently with us to provide the resources we needed to accomplish our goal of producing one of the premiere fund-raising events of the year in Big Sur. We look forward to a new era of cooperation with the US Forest Service as a result of his involvement. And last, but certainly not least we thank our volunteers, some who traveled hundreds of miles to attend, for their hard work and dedication.
The South Coast Community Land Trust will continue to provide educational opportunities and support to local community organizations due to the involvement of all those named above and so many more, it never would have happened without your support. Thank you Big Sur, thank you for demanding a miracle.

Syd Carr,
Secretary of the Board of Directors, South Coast Community Land Trust
Entertainment Director, Big Sur Jade Festival

Jade Festival is ON

The 22nd. Big Sur Jade Festival is officially ON!!

The US Forest Service has reinstated our Special Use Permit and restored our use of the parking area on the west side of Highway 1 adjacent to Sand Dollar Day Use area, (**which remains closed). **Attention: Plaskett Creek Campground and Kirk Creek Campground remain closed. Attendees should make other plans for overnight lodging and camping. We will try to find room on the campus of Pacific Valley School for some of those volunteers who would normally stay at Plaskett Creek Campground. Due to the lack of room, verified vendors and verified volunteers who have already signed up for specific shifts on the parking spreadsheet will be given precedence for very limited on-campus camping. Camping will be limited to verified vendors and verified volunteers only; NO public parking or camping will be allowed on the campus of Pacific Valley School, all attendee parking will be along Highway 1 or directed to the designated parking area adjacent to Sand Dollar Day Use area parking lot; no exceptions! The gate to the designated parking area will be closed when at capacity and after 5 pm, overnight parking or camping will not be allowed in that area.
Congratulations to all who lobbied to save our Festival; your combined voices have won the day! We hope to see you all at the 22nd. Annual Big Sur Jade Festival October 11, 12, & 13, 2013.

**Closed due to Government shutdown; could reopen at any time if standoff ends, but is not open at the time of this notice.

Jade Festival on hold

Due to the government shutdown, the campgrounds we rely on for our volunteers, musicians, etc, are closing tomorrow, Friday the 4th at 1 pm until further notice. The Jade Festival Committee is considering all possible options at this time, and probably won’t make a decision until next Wednesday morning. I will keep you posted when a decision is made. In the meantime, lets hope our idiotic government gets its act together. Unintended consequences like this one are unacceptable.

Los Padres National Forest campgrounds and Pfeiffer Beach are under Federal jurisdiction but are privately managed by Parks Management Company. Friday, October 4. FRIDAY at 1:00 PM all the National Forest Campgrounds managed by Parks Management Company will be closed until further notice. Their website is http://campone.com/ (information will be posted there soon)

Campgrounds that will be closed on Friday, October 4 at 1:00 PM:
Bottchers Gap, Ponderosa and Nacimiento Campgrounds, Kirk Creek, Plaskett Creek and Cerro Alto Campgrounds.

Big Sur Station remains open. The Federal Employees located at Big Sur Station, the fire fighters, will remain on the job.

Jade Festival, 2013

Less than two weeks … Oct 11, 12, 13th. We still need a few volunteers to help with parking – a 4 hour shift. You get fed, a T-shirt, (based on availability) and lots of good music and fun. Drop me an email at kwnovoa@mac.com if you can help. As always, the weather is expected to grace us. “A long stretch of dry and warm autumn weather should last through the second week” of October.