The first Santa Cruz Old Timers meeting was held in 1939 at the Swiss Hotel on Water St. with 11 members.
The organizers were Frank Blaisdell and his brother Victor, as well as Jess and Lew Schofield. The event was moved to the Garibaldi Hotel on Front St. (across from Bookshop Santa Cruz) from 1940 to 1957 with the membership growing to 135. From 1959 to 1963 the Old Riverside played host and then it moved again to Facelli's Restaurant on Natural Bridges Drive from 1964 to 1969. The Old Timers moved back to the New Riverside in 1970 before finding a home in 1972 at the Elks Lodge on Jewel St. In 2009, the event moved to the CPDES Portuguese Hall on Evergreen St.
The History of Old Timers
Santa Cruz Old Timers
81th Annual Luncheon at the CPDES Portuguese Hall
Sunday, February 26, 2023 at 10 AM
What Makes Someone an
If you are a 20 year resident of Santa Cruz County,
you are an old timer.
This is not a hard and fast rule.
If you are even close, we will welcome you.
There are no dues or obligations, except to have fun and enjoy the day! The object of the Old Timers is to promote fellowship amongst its members and to support and keep alive the heritage of Santa Cruz County history, our early pioneers, families, and their way of life