Culinary Corner

Good-old food, fun and games at Heritage Day on Saturday

cambrian@thetribunenews.comMay 21, 2013 

Would that we were fortunate enough to have Mark Landgreen in the back yard with the wonderful “horno,” or adobe-style oven, he built in his front yard. That would be in the back yard of the Cambria Historical Museum where we will set up a small food court during Cambria’s Heritage Day this Saturday, May 25.

Debbie Soto will be there churning butter to spread on samples of artisan sourdough bread which Mark has baked for us. Chris Landgreen and Joan Cobin will have simple fare at fair prices to nibble on as you stroll the grounds and view the displays and demonstrations of all things old-fashioned.

Proceeds will benefit the Historical Society’s scholarship fund.

Enjoy hot dogs, lemonade, homemade cookies and popcorn. The Native Daughters of the Golden West’s famous root beer float sale will also benefit their educational fund. While you are out back, take a look at Pat and Jay Burbank’s vintage ’20s Ford, as well as Kristi and Jim Jenkins Model T. (Jim will provide the polish to brighten up the brass, he teases!) No need to polish Tracy Vining’s horse, who will be tethered nearby, but Jackson is gentle enough for a photo op also.

Also gentle enough for kids is “Goober” the goose as Mother Goose (Rauha Hilander) reads her favorite tales. Under the oak tree, Debbie Johnson will work with historical society volunteers to assist parents and their children to create a dream catcher, a craft typical to many Native American tribes (though not the local Salinans).

The Cambria Girl Scouts will perform a traditional Maypole Dance (which they learned from Marj Sewell) in the center of the yard as we begin the day’s festivities at 11 a.m. After that, bystanders will be invited to join in and weave the colorful ribbons through dancing also.

Weavers, quilters, and spinners (on a wheel, that is) who regularly meet at Ball & Skein yarn shop will set up and work on their special equipment to demonstrate an ancient art which they keep alive. Jo-Ann Youngner will join them.

We invited the youth who were winners in our essay contest to read their prize-winning work to the crowd from the front porch, and invite all to view the beautiful murals of Cambria in the olden days which were painted by Suzette Morrow’s middle school students.

Back by popular request will be Theresa “Marryin’ Sam” Desmond and her husband, Alan “the Sheriff” Desmond, performing “shotgun weddings” under the peach tree.

Along Center Street, Gary Gowdy and sons and Aaron Appel will return to show the ancient craft of jade carving.

New this year is local artist Patricia Griffin, demonstrating the ancient art of etching.

Professional Musician Marc Irving Weber contacted us early this year to volunteer his talents, so we are delighted that he will perform virtuoso guitar music from his huge repertoire, using the front porch as stage throughout the day. Events end about 4 in the afternoon, and we envision balmy weather this Memorial Day week-end for locals and tourists alike. Thanks to Penny Church and all her dedicated volunteers for staffing this and all our events throughout the year.

Be sure to invite your family and friends for a lively and interesting day, including a tour through our latest displays about the Salinan tribe and Peter Aloysius Forrester inside the museum. In the bookshop we are showcasing local artist Harry Wysocki’s Cambria jigsaw puzzle depicting the museum and scarecrows, available exclusively at our venue. We open regularly from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays.

Cambria Heritage Day

The Cambria good-old days return with the Cambria Heritage Day celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at the Cambria Historical Society’s Cambria Historical Museum in the Guthrie-Bianchini House at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street in Cambria’s historic East Village.

Exhibits, demonstrations, games and entertainment are free; proceeds from food and beverage sales will benefit society programs.

The Culinary Corner will return with food items next week. Consuelo Macedo’s column is special to The Cambrian. Send your unique recipes to her c/o The Cambrian, 2442 Main St., Cambria CA 93428; or email to

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