Tales from Town

Historical society looks to future by funding scholarships

Special to The CambrianJune 6, 2014 

Debbie Fiscalini Soto and Karen Soto Snow, of pioneer Cambria fa

Debbie Fiscalini Soto, left, and Karen Soto Snow churned fresh butter to sample on Heritage Day.


Heritage Day 2014 is now another memory. The Cambria Historical Museum played host on Memorial Day weekend to craftsmen and women demonstrating their trades and avocations. Perpetuating some valued skills, this year a woodcarver joined the native pine needle basket weaver/flautist. Weavers, jade carvers and potters returned to share their skills, and now the Historical Society is planning ahead to enlist demonstrators for next year’s event.

Also looking to the future are scholarship winners from Coast Union High School: Mackenna Perryman, Jesus Mercado, Jr., Rocio Mendoza and Jesus Nunez, Jr. The committee who considered their attributes introduced them on Heritage Day, and report that their decision was difficult to choose among many proficient candidates. Other youth in Cambria have demonstrated outstanding traits, and winners in the essay contest were in the spotlight as they read their entries to the audience.

First Place winner Xue DiMaggio drew upon her cultural background when she chose to write about the Chinese presence on the Rothschild/Gan/Warren property across from the museum, which ultimately was preserved and enhanced by Greenspace — The Cambria Land Trust.

Hayley Zinn shared her mother’s enthusiasm for horticulture and wrote glowingly about the Dawn Redwood up Wall Street and won second place. A close third was Karis Lawson, who conveyed her appreciation for Friends of the Fiscalini Ranch and the community efforts which saved the thousands of acres in perpetuity.

The Historical Society recently trained several youth to aid on tours through the museum and garden. Their energy, interest and enthusiasm carries on to others who will also join us this summer. We are always happy to enlist volunteers as docents and gardeners, and currently recognize a need for more willing adult workers. Contact Docent Coordinator Penny Church at 927-1442. To assist Heirloom Garden Project Manager Mike Rice, contact assistant Consuelo Macedo at 927-3159.

Our commitment to youth saw us presenting the good old ways in the good old days to 15 tykes from the grammar school’s transitional kindergarten. They were especially enthusiastic about scrubbing bandanas on the vintage washboard, viewing pictures on the stereopticon, and playing with antique toys. Pumping water in the demonstrator well is always a favorite, and the Cub Scouts who came on a later date were also thrilled by that.

The Cubs were fortunate to visit the exhibit of rare vintage bicycles now on display through July 14. Our docents were impressed by their skill as the first-grade boys crouched down to intently read every word on the information card about the big wheel bike!

The Cambria Historical Society takes seriously our commitment to the community to preserve and present our heritage, especially through the relationship with our business partners. A fine example is the recent after-party following the Amgen Bicycle Tour of California which inspired our fantastic new exhibit. Wine : Taste, Soto’s Marketplace and Cambria Ale House provided refreshment under the trees out front to the tunes of Indigo Jazz for the many volunteers and visitors who relaxed after the heat of the day on May 14.

We also value our treasured pioneer families and founders of early day Cambria. Stay tuned for important news of how we will recognize those who have made our village so unique, especially in the East Village where our museum continues the tradition as the center of cultural and social events.

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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