What a wonderful line-up of folks with special talents will be showcased at the annual Cambria Historical Society’s Heritage Day! This Memorial Day weekend, we invite your family and friends to visit us at the Cambria Historical Museum and Heirloom Gardens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Streets. Old-fashioned or western-style dress is not required, but would be lots of fun. Bring your camera for all the photo ops.
Featured on the front porch will be Marc Irving Weber, an experienced Central Coast guitar virtuoso who volunteered to provide his extensive variety of music and unique style, a rich tapestry drawing from classical, folk, jazz, blues and rock. (Check him out on http://iowacreativemusic.com.) Opening the festivities will be a traditional Maypole Dance; the society plans to have visitors join in and learn about this popular custom which was part of Cambria’s early-day events.
Oz Barron of Ball and Skein and More will have a quilting demonstration of a very old handicraft which has successfully segued into modern-day work done on sewing machines. Wife Chris will be working with yarn on her spinning wheel, as will Jo-Ann Youngner, perennial volunteer last seen docenting in the museum and working in our garden.
Local rancher and author Debbie Soto will enlist kids to take a turn helping to churn butter in her old-fashioned wooden equipment. Folks of all ages will also delight in visiting the children’s corner under the oak to spend time with Mother Goose Rauha Hilander, listening to her stories and petting the real live “Goober.” Historical Society volunteers will assist kids and their parents to craft a special souvenir of the day.
Craftsman extraordinaire Gary Gowdy will return with sons Jim and Daniel by popular request to demonstrate their skill at carving jade projects, and display projects large and small. He actually gathers jade on the Central Coast as well as trades for it, and participates at the popular Jade Festival. The society would like to add clay potters with a wheel, and weavers with a loom, so call 927-3159 to reserve a space.
The Reverend Tracy Vining will stop by in western attire aboard his horse Jackson, which will be a wonderful photo op for all. Other transportation modes will be represented by Jim and Kristi Jenkins’ Model T, and Pat and Jay Burbank’s Model A — they are jesting about enlisting attendees to polish the brass. Greenspace volunteers will also open the red Chinese assembly hall across Center Street for touring.
“Marryin’ Sam,” actually the Reverend Theresa Desmond and husband Alan as the Sheriff, will perform shotgun weddings as they did last year, complete with a souvenir certificate. There are also rumors about a jail, so stay tuned for late-breaking details. The museum and nursery will be open as usual.
Light fare at fair prices will be available at this event — hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade and the world-famous root beer floats made by the Native Daughters of the Golden West, because the major fundraiser for the Historical Society will be something new and different and BIG during the fall Harvest Festival, Oct. 11-14. Watch the website for details about the weekend full of events, as fast as they become available, at www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com.
See also information about the monthlong October display of scarecrows at www.cambriascarecrows.com; and “Like” us on the very creative facebook.com/CambriaScarecrows website. Visit the museum, staffed by volunteers Friday-Sunday 1 to 4 p.m., and Monday 10 a.m. 1 p.m. the heirloom gardens are always open for strolls. Museum messages, 927- 2891.