Spring is a time of welcome at the Cambria Historical Museum, as the monarch butterflies flit among the fragrant blooms. The aroma of the California poppies blends in with the perfume from sweet alyssum, attracting bees which will pollinate the giant elephant garlic which are beginning to set buds. But it is the first flush of all the heirloom roses which has been attracting most of our visitors. Is it any wonder the Cambria Historical Society chose a rose as its logo?
It has been a challenge for the last year and a half to maintain the garden with a small but dedicated group of volunteers to assist Mike Rice with the weeding, grooming, fertilizing with fish emulsion (which helps deter the deer a little), and watering with nonpotable water. We are gratified by the support and appreciation of our members and the public which we serve. Please continue to come and enjoy this East Village community park.
Join us for the annual Heritage Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 24, for some of your favorite old-fashioned fun in the front and back yards as well as inside. Childrens activities, music, displays and demonstrations will be yours for no charge, with food and beverages at low prices. We will also introduce our high school scholarship winners, so plan to bring your family and friends during the Memorial Day weekend. Contact John Ehlers at 927-3063 for information.
On display at that time will be some unique antique bikes lent by Wallys Bicycle Works of San Luis Obispo. They will be the special feature of the new exhibit in the museum: The Long Ride a Celebration of the Bicycle, which will open mid-May. Long-time Historical Society volunteer and former board member Susan McDonald has researched with her committee in the archives of The Tribune and journalist Wilmar Tognazzini. News of bicycling in Cambria and the Central Coast since the late 1800s will also include colorful posters and photos.
Susan coordinated this display in conjunction with the Amgen Bike Tours stage four culmination in Cambria on Wednesday, May 14. She also serves as facilitator for the 80 volunteers who are registered to supplement the Amgen staff during the days activities. The museum will proudly serve as the volunteer check-in point that morning, and will be the venue for a festive community after-party organized by business member Leslie Gainer of Wine : Taste.
Last Friday we welcomed about 50 members and guests into the parlor to hear world famous channel swimmer David Yudovin. Our intimate small speaker series has become so popular that several will be scheduled in the months to come. Details will be published in The Cambrian and on our information sites, www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com and www.facebook/cambriahistoricalsociety, or contact the event chairman at 927-1442.
It always is a pleasure to provide student field trips. We were delighted with the 14 tykes from the grammar schools transitional kindergarten yesterday. They enjoyed reliving the good old days by pumping water from the well for the garden, scrubbing bandanas on a washboard and hanging them on a clothesline, and listening to tales from picture books by local authors. They were very impressed by the artifacts from the Salinan tribes exhibit. Special tours are available by reservation; call 927-2891.
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.