Open house at Cayucos museum

The Cayucos Visitors Center and History Museum is ready to celebrate its opening — at least, Fridays through Sundays. The public is invited to an open house and ribbon cutting at 41 S. Ocean Avenue at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

“The board decided in 2011 the chamber needed a permanent home,” Cayucos Chamber of Commerce interim president Andy Lilley said. “With the help of (History Center Chairwoman) Shirley Lyon, we located the site, negotiated the lease and opened July 3, but we’ve taken it slowly to make the improvements.

“With a generous start-up grant from the Visitor Alliance of Cayucos, chamber members, volunteers, especially from Friends of the Library, and Jan Romanazzi, who we hired in June, we’re ready to thank the many community members who have helped fulfill the board’s goal.”

Visitors and residents will enter the renovated facility to find two large, open spaces. One will showcase visitor and community information distributed by chamber of commerce volunteers and the other is an ever-changing Cayucos history exhibit developed and maintained by a re-

energized historical group. There are additional rooms for storage, an alcove for volunteers, and a larger staging room for events’ planning and chamber meetings. An entry display wall showcases a replica dugout canoe representative of the community’s name, Cayucos, which was donated by a Cayucan.

“We’ve set up the wall display for community information,” said chamber Treasurer Bob Stimmel. “Jan and Elaine Thompson have been gathering the correct contact information for special events, unique community tours and resources, government structure and advisory groups, and business fliers.”

Lyon, plus Lou Smith, Karry MacDonald, Elaine Thompson and others have been actively setting up a nonprofit for a rejuvenated historical society.