More than 25 years ago, Rowland Baker saw a 1949 Dodge Cornet wagon on Santa Cruz's West Side and fell in love.

It had a rusted dash, a misfit steering wheel and no rear seats, but it ran. Over the years, Baker fixed it up for shows with Santa Cruz Woodies, the local club he helped found to celebrate the wood-paneled cars that were produced into the 1950s and loved for decades after. The Dodge was a Santa Cruz native, too, having been sold at Surf City Motors.

"It has been handed down through the surf culture here, belonging to a handful of local surf legends over the years, such as Danny Anderson, Mike Pesco and Shannon Gannon, to name a few," Baker told me. "I even drove Robert 'Wingnut' Weaver, of 'Endless Summer II' fame, from his wedding to his honeymoon location in the car. So it truly has a surf heritage in Santa Cruz."

And it'll be out at Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Saturday, along with about 200 other examples of one of surfing's best-known symbols for the 19th annual Woodies on the Wharf show.

Admission is free to check out the cars between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., and there'll be enough surf music playing to take you back to the 1960s. You can bet each one of the woodies -- the wood-paneled cars that were produced into the 1950s and loved for decades after -- has a story behind it just like Baker's.

He's taken family trips in the car and logged memories for every mile, getting thumbs ups, smiles and honks along the way. "It has been the best investment we have ever made," he said, "and I'm not talking financially."

ARTISTIC CELEBRATION: Heading over Highway 17 on Saturday may not wax your surfboard. It's a good thing then that Santa Clara's Triton Museum's Midsummer Art Celebration is also that day, providing a fond farewell for outgoing Executive Director and Senior Curator George Rivera.

The outdoor event, at 1505 Warburton Ave., runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there'll be music all day and food trucks -- including Mogo BBQ, Quick Dog and Soulnese -- to satisfy the hungry.

Of course, there will be plenty of art to see and some to buy from a variety of Bay Area artists and artisans -- including recent paintings by Joe Bastida Rodriguez, the former Arts Program Manager for the city of San Jose.

A portion of the proceeds support the Triton's education programs. Check it out at www.tritonmuseum.org.

Contact Sal Pizarro at spizarro@mercurynews.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/spizarro.