Tales from Town

Enjoy Scarecrow Festival all month, Harvest Festival Oct. 12-14

Special to The CambrianOctober 5, 2012 

  • Cambria Historical Society Harvest Festival

    5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12: Barbecued brats with all the trimmings and beer tasting from local artisan brewers. Live music by the Cellar Rats. Co-sponsored by the historical society and Cambria Sunrise Centennial Rotary Club. Tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) available at the museum, the Cambria Ale House (2084 Main St.), Cambria Beer Company (821 Cornwall St.), or call 927-1442 or 927-5636.

    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13: Pumpkin decorating, live music with the SLO Pokes, silent auction, raffles. Free admission. Barbecue and beverages available for purchase.

    11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14: Kids activities, talent show (2 to 4 p.m.) and more. Free admission. $5 for harvest pie tasting from 1 to 3 p.m. Barbecue and beverages available for purchase. To enter pie contest or talent show, call 927-3159.

    The festival is at the Cambria Historical Museum on Burton Drive at Center Street. For more, go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com or call 927-2891.

“SLOW,” says it all as you enter Cambria’s Main Street from either end. Those are pretty realistic road crewmen standing there, alerting you to be ready to brake to look at all the 345 scarecrows lining our streets. The board and members of the Cambria Historical Society commend the Scarecrow Committee for all its hard work in bringing these unique displays for the local and out of town visitors to enjoy for the fourth year.

Thanks to Taylor Hilden for the original inspiration to enlist the rest of us in the project, and to all the scarecrow creators for inspiring each other to construct such imaginative entries. This year, it is over the top, with even more characters being exhibited around town and in the garden at the Cambria Historical Museum. Pick up a guide to this year’s scarecrows in the village and booklet of last year’s winners at the museum bookstore.

The Cambria Historical Society is committed to sponsoring the month-long Scarecrow Festival, and our major fundraiser is just around the corner, with your opportunity to support our efforts financially. (Yes, this is the commercial — we can’t do it without you.) Our annual three-day Harvest Festival is next week on the museum grounds, and we look forward to your participation.

The small but diligent committee has been working with chairman Penny Church to provide live music and entertainment, good food at low prices, fun for the kids and families, bargains for Christmas shopping and some very nice auction items and prizes.

We thank our members for their support through dues, donations and bequests — and we are especially grateful for our 40 or so business members with whom we partner. We also have commemorative bricks and pickets available, as well as items from our backyard nursery. Now is also the ideal time to purchase plants to install in your gardens from ours — including bulbs already potted of the unique black Arum Palaestinum lilies, mature starts of Port Orford cedars, elephant garlic bulbs and rhizomes of beautiful purple bearded iris. All purchases benefit our efforts.

Saturday, Oct. 6, car club members from Central Coast areas are coming to view the scarecrows, have lunch, and tour the historic East Village and museum. Besides attending the German Car Show at Oktoberfest, you might be interested to see the vintage 1930-1940 vehicles parked in our yard. They date to the era of Eugenio and Luisa Bianchini, the last owners of the home which we have transformed into the Cambria Historical Museum.

Visitors to the museum come by the busload from out of town, during regular hours and mid-week by special arrangement. We have a small but enthusiastic corps of docents serving as guides from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays.

Dedicated volunteers come once or twice a month to work in the yard as well as additional hours during the week. More volunteers are needed inside and outside; we are currently recruiting interested persons to serve on the board and help with exhibits and archives. For details, call president Jack Breglio at 927-1557.

Tales from Town is special to The Cambrian. For more, call 927-2891 or go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com. Consuelo Macedo is a Cambria Historical Society board member.

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