Cambrian Letters to the Editor Feb. 7

cambrian@thetribunenews.comFebruary 4, 2013 

Thank you, take two

If you looked quickly you were able to see Cambria’s Thank you for … Festival signs which were planted in the evening Thursday, Jan. 31 — and then, due to a technical challenge, they were taken down Friday morning, Feb. 1.

All the sign messages were printed and laminated this year. Then we needed to tape them to the beautiful hand-painted signs. Please note: clear packing tape is not waterproof!!!

We found this out the hard way since many of the messages were falling off by Friday morning.

Our Thank you for … Festival is constantly evolving and we are continually learning how to make it more efficient. All signs will have their guaranteed waterproof double stick tape applied by Friday, Feb. 8, and the Thank you for … Festival signs will once again be planted over the weekend and spreading happy energy.

In the meantime, the Cambria “Y” Kids say Thank you for … all your support … more than 195 signs have been ordered so far.

Stephanie “Jojo” Stacy

Cambria “Y” After School Program

Thank you, Dr. McBride

An open letter to Dr. David McBride:

You have been a caring and conscientious physician to my elderly aunt, as well as countless other Cambrians.

It is with profound thanks that I wish you all the best.

Susan Detweiler


Punishment or reward?

Regarding the “View from the Beach” cartoon in the Jan. 31 Cambrian with the caption, “no good deed goes unpunished.”

How sad that Art Van Rhyn’s cartoon characterizes as punishment Cambria Community Services District’s efforts to allow a few people to build homes, after having waited at least a decade, and often much more, for water service.

If there’s enough water, it’s just selfish and unwelcoming to continue the moratorium, an attitude no Cambrian should be proud of.   

Bob Horvath


Where do I begin?

If I attempted to thank everyone who made the 11th annual Cambria Art & Wine Festival a great success, our editor would surely need to add another page to The Cambrian.

We successfully offered three major events with the help of the Lions, the American Legion, the Friends of the Library, the Cambria Historical Society, the Allied Arts Association, Cambria Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Interact Club and the Rotary Club of Cambria.

Volunteers from all those organizations, plus local businesses, wineries, artists and residents in our community, were instrumental in setup, operation and take down for an event which entertained hundreds of visitors who came to enjoy the magic of Cambria — in the middle of winter.

The event proceeds benefit our community by supporting the Cambria Chamber and the Allied Arts Association. These organizations exist to support local youth programs, our local Center for the Arts and vitalization of the business infrastructure which strengthens the integrity and viability of our village.

Without commerce we could not flourish. Without the arts we lose a vital part of the sweet things in life to enjoy and learn from.

There are a handful of volunteers I do want to recognize by name. These folks have volunteered to work the event for many years and helped to finetune it to the success it has become: Stephen Kellogg; Jim and Tish Rogers, who coordinated the beautiful art show/silent auction and the Artist Faire; Roger Robinson, who coordinated the main wine pour at the Cambria Historical Museum; Mel McColloch, chamber president and energizer bunny; Ron Waltman, who was everywhere, everyday, to carry, load, transport and encourage.

So many more to thank, so little ink and paper.

Our major sponsors: Rabobank, Cambria Community Services District and The Cambrian were joined by 17 other event sponsors whose donations helped us to bear the cost of this three-day event. (The entire list of sponsors, participating businesses, wineries and artists can be found at

Finally, the five restaurants who have developed one of the best venues of the weekend by offering a five-course meal paired with five local wineries. This was the 10 year for our “Kick Off Party.” Once again this venue sold out long before the main event began. Once again the restaurants went above and beyond to make it a unique and memorable experience. Thanks to: Madeline’s, Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill, Robin’s, Indigo Moon and the Black Cat Bistro.

Those of us who are blessed to live here in Cambria are truly spoiled by natural beauty, a strong community and a slower pace than most. I am grateful to have the opportunity to be part of this community and extremely grateful to those who make it all come together and thrive.

Nancy McKarney, coordinator

Cambria Art & Wine Festival

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