Since it opened in August as a bookstore, wine and beer bar, coffee lounge and performance venue for local artists, the Wise Owl has been all that and more, serving as a community gathering spot to share art, poetry, local organic food, wine and more in Cambria’s East Village.
Despite its success as a cultural hub, it’s struggling to keep the doors open, so an all-day and into the night “Save the Owl” benefit is set for Saturday, April 26.
“It's coffeehouse culture at its best,” said the Owl’s poetry coordinator, Celeste Goyer. “It would be a shame for it to close.”
A bake sale begins at 8 a.m. A barbecue ($20) will be served from noon to 4 p.m. A music festival runs from about 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The lineup includes David Plumb, Ray Duncan, The Mystery Brothers, The Belmores, Simple Pleasures, and Bob and Wendy featuring Karoline Hausted.
Jill Turnbow will serve as auctioneer for a live auction starting at 5:30 p.m. (donations of items for the auction will be accepted through Friday, April 25).
There’s no admission charge, but donations are welcome. A portion of the proceeds benefits Coast Union High School’s art and music departments.
The Wise Owl is at 2164 Center St., near Robin’s Restaurant. For details, call 927-8888 or go to www.wiseowlcambria.com.