Santa Cruz Mission SHP Turns 25

The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, a.k.a. Mission Adobe, celebrates 25 years as a California state park with a mosaic mural installation and Mission Project Showcase.

by Hilltromper staff

May 20, 2016—The Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park turns 25 this year, and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is celebrating with a tribute to the park's starring role in the lives of California fourth-graders and its significance as a piece of Mission-era history. On Saturday, May 21, noon-3pm, the Mission Adobe will host the Student Mission Project Showcase, an exhibit of student projects from local elementary schools. And if admiring toothpick sculptures and dioramas leaves you peckish, don't worry: you'll have the chance to make your own tortillas on the comal, and also to enjoy songs, history and Indian culture with Patrick Orozco and the Amah KaTura dancers.

A major highlight of the day: installment of two new tile murals on the retaining wall that separates the Santa Cruz Mission SHP from Mission Street. Mission Hill Middle School students Katherine Tkoch, 12, and Flora Chatwin, 13, won the mural design contest held in March, and installation of their murals in tesserae, or colored tiles, will be completed over the weekend under the direction of artist Katherine Crocetti, with finishing touches to be applied Monday, May 23 by Mission Hill students. Volunteers have already gotten a lot done on the installation, working Wednesday and Thursday of this past week. Members of the community are invited to come help the public art effort.

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 140 School St, Santa Cruz. Saturday, May 21, noon-3pm. Free, but donations gratefully accepted.