Tales from Town: Heritage Days this weekend to celebrate Cambria’s bygone era

Cambria Historical SocietyJune 7, 2012 

Get ready for some good old fashioned fun to celebrate Cambria’s early day heritage! Come on down with your family and friends to the Cambria Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street this weekend from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10. Each day’s schedule for this fundraiser will vary slightly.

The White Horse Carriage Company will transport you around East Village both days for a nominal fee, and most of our craftsmen and vendors will there for your perusal. Lunch will be served in our backyard from noon to 2 p.m., with barbecue burgers or brats (as in bratwurst) on Saturday, beer and wine available, and the famous Native Daughters of the Golden West root beer floats. Chili dogs on Sunday will feature Jim Loveless’ prize-winning chili.

With our focus on Cambria’s heritage and history, don’t miss local rancher/historian Dawn Dunlap’s talk at 2 p.m. on Saturday only, and find out why Elizabeth and Jeremiah Johnson were camping where Linn’s restaurant is now located.

Think traffic is challenging nowadays? Learn about what it took to get around Cambria and environs “way back when.” Dawn never fails to enthrall her audience, and is open for questions.

Be sure to check out our display of nine local artists, including a Carole Adams floral watercolor. Others artists are Virginia Lynn, David Stiles, Peggy Cole, Robert Charles Clark, Luke Blossom, W. Lindgren, D.F. Tuthill, and Jean Franklin. Four exotic works will also be offered, with 100 percent of all sales to benefit the museum.

If it’s music that tickles your fancy, everyone’s favorite Arroyo Grande Mud Skippers will be playing from noon to 2 p.m.

Saturday and will continue after Dawn’s presentation. Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. we’ll introduce some local fellows, the Devil’s Dandy Dogs, and then have an open mic for any who’d like to try out their talent for us.

Theresa Desmond has obliged us with an opportunity for you to pretend to “get hitched,” and you can walk off with an air-brushed souvenir T-shirt designed by chairman Christopher Brazelton. “Sheriff” Alan Desmond will also be on hand. Local bakers have donated yummies for our Cake Walk on Sunday. Many of us have chosen to dress up for the event in vintage garb, and we’d love to see you there dressed any way you choose!

More to come

There never is a dull moment with the Cambria Historical Society. We are already gearing up for our major fundraiser in October with the Harvest Festival kicking off the village-wide Scarecrow Festival, with hand-crafted characters on display the whole month of October on main streets. We look forward to your participation in the October festivities and 2012 Summer Scarecrow Workshops.

The purpose of the workshops is to teach you techniques and support your artistic expression in making a scarecrow. Our goal is for you to have fun, artists and non-artists alike, and to complete your scarecrow for display on Main Street. To keep the Cambria Scarecrows distinct and separate from a Halloween theme, we ask that you to refrain from ghosts, ghouls, and blood motifs in designing your entries.

Workshops are free; however, participation is limited. Priority will be given to Cambria residents and first-time participants. (Participants from previous workshops are welcome, space permitting.) Children must be 12 years old or older and accompanied by a parent(s). Organizations are businesses are restricted to enrolling no more than two participants. All workshops will be held at the Veterans Memorial Building.

Here’s the schedule: Workshop I, Constructing Paper Mache Heads, noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 11; Workshop II, Smoothing Paper Mache Heads & Adding Features (prerequisite: completion of Workshop I), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 18; Workshop III, Scarecrow Face Painting, noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 24; Workshop IV, Body Building & Dressing Your Scarecrow, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.

Register at cambriascarecrows.com, or call Taylor Hilden at 927-7222, or Sue Robinson at 927-2597.

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