Tales from Town

Laying the groundwork for a fine Harvest Festival

Special to The CambrianSeptember 9, 2013 

Wildflowers grace the memorial walkways around the Cambria Historical Museum.

CONSUELO MACEDO — Special to The Cambrian

Autumn is definitely in the air, and the earliest naked ladies (pink Belladonnas) that we’ve ever seen are blooming in the Heirloom Gardens at the Cambria Historical Museum. Thank you to all the folks who have complimented us on the dazzling display we’ve maintained there during this drought. About a year ago we cut back on the deep early-hour irrigation for a minimalist approach to gardening.

It still requires water to maintain the heirloom roses, as well as spraying fish emulsion for fertilizing and deer deterrence. We chose not to plant water-loving annuals which would require more care than the perennials by a small number of able-bodied volunteers.

The California poppies rewarded us with quite a show, as have the hollyhocks, feverfew (tansy) and elephant garlic. Bulbs for the garlic are available in the newly remodeled nursery area out back.

The four o’clocks which open in the evening will be with us forever, even though we cut them back to accommodate events for the annual Harvest Festival. It was gratifying that tickets sold out almost immediately for the Vine Dining gourmet dinner on Sunday, Oct. 13, and the farm and ranch tour on Monday, Oct. 14.

Be sure to plan for extra fun at the Cambria Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 11, where we invite you to participate in the annual Harvest Pie Contest.

If you missed the entry blank which appeared way back on Page 17 in the Aug. 29 Cambrian, you may pick one up at the museum, at Robin’s Restaurant, or call 927-3159 and we’ll email one or send via the P.O. The entry deadline is Monday, Oct. 7. We’ll need lots of pie for everyone to sample and vote for at farmers market. Hundred-dollar certificates for sponsors Robin’s, Linn’s, or Black Cat restaurants await the winners!

There is a spectacular line-up of purveyors at the Harvest Festival on Saturday, Oct. 12, on our museum grounds, with many East Village proprietors joining in the festivities.

Soto’s Market will serve up vittles in the back yard; there will be several other food booths and  gourmet items, such as Harmony Café’s gelato, Bombshell Brownies, SLO Pop kettle corn, Doc Burnstein’s ice cream from Village Bean, and pizza from JJ’s Pizza.

Stephanie Arehart Ceramics, Fermentations, Wise Owl, Ollalieberry Inn and Linn’s Easy as Pie have committed to be part of the fun, as have Cambria Ale House and Cambria Beer Company.  Squibb House will host Susie Bassetti’s specialty products and Cutrazzolla Vineyards will join the Pacific Coast Wine Trail Wineries in the Squibb House gardens for your tasting enjoyment.

The popular SLO Pokes will return with their music, as will Banjer Dan and Marc Irving Weber. (Classical guitarist Robbie Longley has signed to perform during the Vine Dining. He was first introduced to Cambria about 10 years ago during Heritage Day events!) A more comprehensive listing of all our participants up will appear in the Oct. 3 Cambrian Historical Society Tales from Town column, along with a schedule for the day. Contact Chairman Penny Church at 927-1442 for more information.

The annual Harvest Festival supports the Cambria Historical Society’s Museum and Heirloom Garden, scholarships and other programs. The museum is located at Burton Drive and Center Street and is staffed by volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays through Sundays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays.

For more information, call 927-2891 or go to www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com or facebook.com/cambriahistoricalsociety. The Historical Society also sponsors the month-long Scarecrow Festival; go to www.cambriascarecrows.com or facebook.com/CambriaScarecrows for more on the scarecrows.

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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