Tales from Town

Society speakers series continues with talk by David Yudovin

Special to The CambrianApril 3, 2014 

Cambria resident David Yudovin, seen here in 2008 before swimming across a strait off Africa, speaks at a Cambria Historical Society event on April 25.


In keeping with the Cambria Historical Society’s commitment to the community, we not only are preserving and presenting the area’s history, but also those who are making history. A case in point is local resident, David Yudovin, world renowned for his record-breaking, long-distance channel swimming.

The Historical Society is proud to host David at our next small group event in the Speaker Series, which will be held in the intimate parlor setting at the museum on Friday evening, April 25.

Beginning at 5:30 p.m., members will enjoy the evening free of charge, with a $10 fee for the general public, who may apply that toward a $30 annual membership. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served, and advance reservations are required. Please call Event Chairman Penny Church at 927-1442 or email pennylanec@aol.com.

Previous evenings have been sold out, and you won’t want to miss hearing about David’s exciting experiences which influenced his talk “Preserving our Past Helps Chart our Course for the Future.”

We are looking for more volunteers to assist the regular staff of the Amgen Tour of California, which will culminate the fourth stage of the race in Cambria on Wednesday, May 14, at the Veterans Memorial Building. Call coordinator Suzy McDonald at 927-4274 to sign up, and also register on-line as required at www.amgentourofcalifornia/volunteer.

A special orientation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at Rabobank on Saturday, April 26. Volunteers will gather at the Historical Museum the day of the race at 10 a.m. to be transported to their assignments.

In conjunction with Amgen, the museum will feature cycling through the past during the month of May. We will exhibit historic bicycles and artifacts courtesy of Wally’s Bicycle Works in San Luis Obispo, and the display will include published accounts of biking in the Central Coast since the earliest days.

Keeping traditions alive is another of our hallmarks. Save the date of Saturday, May 24, to celebrate the annual Cambria Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. We are accepting sign-ups for participants to display and/or demonstrate all things old fashioned, joining the return of many favorite booths in the line-up.

This year we will add a special feature, the Whiskerino Contest, to recognize the fellows with the grandest mustache and beards in all parts hereabout. “Now is the time for all good men” to start growing and grooming their facial hair, to ensure the most attractive hirsute display. Call Events Chairman Consuelo Macedo at 927-3159 for information and registration.

Short season Arum Palaestinum, black lilies which originated in the Middle East, have reached their peak in the Heirloom Gardens. They were found on the property when the Historical Society bought the Guthrie Bianchini House, and cultivated and propagated over the years. Plantings presently encircle the museum and are now setting brilliant orange seed heads. Potted bulbs are still available for sale in the backyard nursery to transplant into your garden; purchase in the museum book shop for $15 plus tax; or deposit in the donation box after hours.

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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