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Events, Images and Projects at Ancient Oaks Farm
View Allan Lundell's wonderful video "8.08.08 Celebrational Ritual at the Loveland Godfarm"
(hosted at Google video)
The building of Ancient Oaks Retreat (All 2008)
Peacocks invade Ancient Oaks Farm! (Winter 2008)
The Summer Harvest 2007 at Ancient Oaks Farm (Summer 2007)
Walkways, garden beds, and retaining walls projects (Summer-Fall 2007)
Felling four giant oaks
Ben's tree view of Ancient Oaks Farm
Garden project 2005
Flowering trees at Ancient Oaks, Late Winter 2005
Year 2004 Photo Collage and New Years 2005 greetings (with visitors to Ancient Oaks)
Arrival of the NoFurthur art bus studio (November 2004)!
Turkeys at Ancient Oaks (Fall 2004)
Views of Ancient Oaks Farm (July, 2004)
CatCam and PigCam @ Ancient Oaks Farm (December, 2004)
Great shots of the pigs (Winter 2004)
Huge Burn! (Winter 2004)
December 2003 , read the third report to the Kriz family on events and progress made from 2002 through 2003. Plenty of pictures here!
Galen and Bruce's Ancient Oaks wedding celebration (#5) (Nov 22, 2003)
Ancient Oaks Signage! (July 2003)
Road Culvert Completed! (June 2003)
Ancient Oaks Garden Project moves into high gear! (May-June 2003)
Donna Kriz's masterpiece, the Ancient Oaks hot tub (March 2003)
Rachel's Charm at Ancient Oaks (March 2003)
Burns to prepare for new gardens
Deck stripping and sealing
Pigging out on organic greens at Ancient Oaks (Sept 2002)
DigiBarn Computer Museum Opens! (July 13, 2002)
Brandts and Wallaces visit 2002, Aptos and Boulder Creek CA (July 2002)
Building a fence @ Ancient Oaks, Boulder Creek CA (June 2002)
Spring views of Ancient Oaks (April 2002)
The (arrival of the) pigs of Ancient Oaks! (November 2001 to present)
May 12, 2001, read the second report to the Kriz family on events and progress made from December, 1999 to May 2001. Plenty of pictures here!
A first! snow at Ancient Oaks! (February 2001)
January 2001, return visit of John Turner
January 2001, visit of Howard Rheingold
February, 2001: 40th birthday of Marian Sun MacNamee
See the original Ancient Oaks Community Road Drainage Proposal developed in 2000
January 16, 1999 saw us hosting the 57th birthday of James Essex, keeper of the Garden
January 30-31, 1999 was the 37th birthday of Bruce Damer
April 3, 1999 was the second annual Avatar Fools Day Party
My parents, Enid and Warren Damer visited over Easter Weekend
Galen Arrives! (June 1999)
See images of the fabulous wedding of Marni Jaime and Eric Geis, held at Ancient Oaks Farm on June 19th
July 17: was the Contact Consortium annual meeting followed by a community Bar B Que and party
In August, watch for the August Moon party and the Annual Santa Cruz Mountains Poets BBQ and performance. We had a bash at 1998's Poetry at the Redwood Garden.
December 1999, read the first report to the Kriz family on events and progress made from August 1998 to December 1999. Plenty of pictures here!
Timeline to Ancient Oaks Farm..
October 1994: move into the rented "cabin at Nellie Lane" on Bear Creek near Boulder Creek CA after a long journey of searching all over North America for my "ideal" place to set up shop.
April 1998: after a tough, cold, sunless and rainy El Nino season, I visualize and then decide to look for a new home. For 4 1/2 years I have been living pretty much alone (with Alex the cat) at 14205 Frost Blvd, Boulder Creek, on beautiful but chilly Bear Creek.
April 1998: Allan Lundell and I (Bruce Damer) decide to drive around looking at places for sale, drive up Ancient Oaks way first and notice the red barn and house, not sure if that is the place with the sign for sale on Bear Creek Road.
Late April 1998: Jan Lafever, my landlady and realtor representing the property calls to see if I want to see "Joes place". I decline until after returning from a trip to Microsoft and to see Galen in Vancouver BC.
May 1, 1998: I do go to see Joseph and Donna Kriz's place, fell in love with it and start moving toward making an offer.
May 5, 1998: visit Joe and Donna, let them know I will be putting an offer in. Offer written up in the next few days.
May 12-14, 1998: offer submitted, Joe sees another couple interested in the place, declines their offer, subseqently negotiates and accepts mine, escrow set to close August 7th giving them enough time to move.
May 25, 1998: combined set of photos from me and Jan put up on the first website picturing the property, designed to let me show it to friends and family.
June-July, 1998: nervous Bruce goes through all inspections, arrangement of the load and insurance, title search, and on and on. All goes smoothly. Downpayment is hurriedy assembled before I leave for Banff. I am calling from Luke's boat in the San Juan Islands to see if anything went wrong, nothing did and..
On the early afternoon of August 7, 1998:
the passing of the property from Joe and Donna Kriz to Bruce Damer
Later John Turner and Allan Lundell (above) came by for a special walkthrough.
That night and the following morning, Dominic helps prepare for the hastily arranged christening ceremony.
Web site and images of Ancient Oaks (beginning August 1998)
August 16, 1998 was the first BBQ and community gathering
August 30, 1998 was our first big event on August 30:
Poetry at the Redwood Garden 1998
December 12, 1998: Ancient Oaks hosted a special visit and
demonstration of virtual worlds for Terence McKenna and Ralph Abraham
And don't miss...
See our pages on the History of Ancient Oaks for the past 100 years or so
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