Tales from Town

Sharon Lovejoy to share stories with Cambria Historical Society

Special to The CambrianJuly 5, 2013 

The Cambria Historical Society Board of Directors are proud to initiate the first event for a longtime goal, the Speakers’ Bureau. Presentations will be made in an intimate setting on a variety of noteworthy topics, with members admitted free as their perquisite. There is small $5 fee for the general public; membership applications will be available. Three speakers are scheduled this year.

On our “maiden voyage,” we are happy to present Sharon Lovejoy, former Cambria resident and business owner who, with her husband, Jeff Prostovich, now lives part time in San Luis Obispo and Maine.

Sharon originally founded Heart’s Ease Herb Shop and Gardens in 1982, but when she moved it in 1986 across the street from the Guthrie-Bianchini House, it changed her life, and ours.

Come and hear how she joined with East Village neighbors to “Save the Bianchini” and inspired so many others to work with them in the cause. Because she highly valued the heirloom roses and other plants, she personally walked over and watered by hand because the water service was off for 30 years altogether. Come and hear this popular speaker, with a focus on events of those sometimes tumultuous years.

A small but dedicated crew of volunteers carries on her mission, and to preserve the gardens as an integral part of the museum, fulfilling the vision of a 2006 task force who identified the need to care for the gardens, with many plants documented as more than 100 years old.

The property was purchased for half a million dollars in 2001 and, after fundraising an additional half a million, the museum opened in December 2010. The gardens had as yet to be restored.

Sharon’s own Cambria home, gardens, and shop first captured national attention in 1990 on the cover of Country Living magazine. This lead to many unexpected journeys into the world of publishing and speaking around the country and abroad. For 13 years, Sharon was a contributing editor with a regular feature column named “Heart’s Ease” in a national gardening magazine.

Many of her charming self-illustrated books are available in the newly remodeled Cambria Historical Museum store, including her most recent, “My First Bird Book and Bird Feeder” (it really is).

Sharon will have several on hand for sale and autographs. She has authored and illustrated 10 books on nature and gardening for adults and children, and contributed to numerous other publications.
Next year she will debut her first novel with Delacorte Press, the literary imprint of Random House. See more at www.sharon lovejoy.com.

When asked if “Cultivating Wonder” on her business card was the title of her book, she replied, “No — it’s my job.”

Call Penny Church at 927-1442 to see if any tickets are available to the limited event from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 5.

Tales from Town is special to The Cambrian. The Cambria Historical Museum at Burton Drive and Center Streets is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. The Heirloom Gardens are open for public enjoyment every day. For more, call 927-2891 or go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com. Consuelo Macedo is community relations chairwoman of the Cambria Historical Society.

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