As Cambrians prepare for the annual, month-long display of scarecrows in October, not to mention Thanksgiving, the Cambria Chamber of Commerce already is planning ahead for the December holiday season.
The chamber’s “Holiday in the Pines 2012” promotion is to include several new components this year, including an opportunity for artistically minded folks to decorate downtown’s street-lamp poles.
There’s no formal competition, at least for this year, but according to Mary Ann Carson, the chamber’s executive director, four entrepreneurs have already signed up to participate. Olallieberry Inn, Cambria Bed & Brunch (formerly Vic-
toria’s Last Resort), Teresa Belle Gallery and Porte House Gallery of Wearable Art and others who join the fun will be assigned specific poles to decorate.
Any one else wishing to participate is encouraged to contact the chamber at 927-3624.
The chamber’s primary focus is “the ones between the villages,” to tie the two areas together for holiday shoppers, Carson said.
Cambria Tourism Board gave a $2,500 grant to the chamber’s Holiday in the Pines 2012, Carson said. The board disperses monies raised by a 2 percent charge on local hotel bills, half of which goes to the countywide board. The other half stays in town to promote overnight stays by visitors.
That will help with Holiday in the Pines promotion costs and provide for some monetary prizes, Carson said.
For instance, in the outdoor lighting contest due to be judged on Dec. 5, three categories will be awarded three prizes each ($100, $75 and $50), with a $225 grand prize.
Winners are to be featured on www.cambriaholidays.com.
There’ll also be a raffle drawing, with four prizes of $250 each in “Pine Bucks,” which are to be exchanged for real money by participating merchants through June 2013.
A number of other events help convince area residents to shop in town, and lure visitors to join the fun.
According to Carson, a new “Cambria Christmas Market” will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 23 to Dec. 23 along the path between the Cambria Pines Lodge and Cambria Nursery and Florist. Food, drinks, music and gifts will be offered.
A holiday wish-book “scavenger hunt” program encourages residents and visitors to look carefully when shopping in Cambria businesses. When a shopper finds a store’s “secret number” in a business and enters it in a wish book, that book can be exchanged for raffle tickets at the chamber office by Dec. 24.
Winners will receive shopping sprees.
Cambria’s Festival of Trees auction of decorated wreaths, trees and table-toppers is to be Tuesday, Dec. 4, with food, wine and a silent auction. All funds from the auction of trees and wreaths benefit local and countywide charities.
Potential tree donors should contact the chamber.
The town’s open house, Hospitality Night, is to be Thursday, Dec. 6, with treats, bargains, festivities, entertainment and more. Cambria Chorale is to perform at the Joslyn Center at 6 p.m., and the Cambria Trolley is to run from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
The chorale has other performances set for two Sundays, Dec. 9 and 16.
The Children’s Christmas Party at the Pinedorado Grounds is set for Dec. 8, The Old-Fashioned Christmas at Santa Rosa Chapel is to be Saturday, Dec. 10.