With such lovely fall weather, we look forward to Cambria’s beautiful season of lengthening shadows and softening colors. Unfortunately, we at the Cambria Historical Society regret that we must postpone our major event and fundraiser, the Vine Dining Winemaker’s Dinner, until spring. Our wonderful partnering restaurateurs are looking forward to working with us again to provide a quality al fresco gourmet meal sometime after Easter at Stolo Family Winery, when the vineyards are showing their lovely greens. We hope our loyal supporters will plan ahead to join us, and we thank you for your understanding.
Our Harvest Market promises to be a major community gathering place again from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11. The Brett and Julia Mitchell Quarter will entertain with soft jazz as you stroll the Heirloom Gardens at the Historical Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street. The yard will be filled with some of the most creative scarecrows in town.
The free family event will feature crafts for the kids and oodles of goodies to indulge in, including Soto’s Marketplace grilled “burgers and dogs,” ice cream and Harmony Café’s gelato, root beer floats and chef Jeanne Brodie’s gumbo, all at moderate prices. For the adults, Cutruzzola Vineyards, Harmony Cellars and Cambria Ale House will also offer their wares to enjoy on the spot or purchase by the bottle as gifts.
Plan on local pre-Christmas shopping at our vendor booths for uniquely crafted items, and check out our fantastic auction items! We have scheduled book signings by Betty Winter, author of “A Pumpkin for Max,” as well as Janice Stevens and Pat Hunter, authors of “Remembering the California Missions” and “An Artist and Writer Travel Highway One.”
Early entries for the Pie Tasting Contest are coming in slowly, so please submit your applications at Robin’s Restaurant; they are available there and at our museum, or online. We usually serve at least 80 people between 1 and 3 p.m., sampling five pies from our best local nonprofessional bakers. At $5 each, it’s a price that can’t be beat. Every year we get several inquiries after the due date (Oct. 6), but please don’t hesitate, as we need to know that we can provide for our eager public, as well as plan for the top three $100 prize certificates.
All proceeds, including those from the Monday, Oct. 13 Farm and Ranch Tour, directly benefit the Cambria community, which the Historical Society serves. There are a few $100 tickets left for the guided tour of Crowther Ranch and avocado orchard, Derby Vineyards and Pico Creek Rancho Arabian Horses.
Lunch and complimentary wine tasting will be served at the Hearst Warehouse, followed by a tour of the Piedra Blanca Rancho cattle operation.