Bright sunshine welcomed the return of Cambria's Spring Festival, an annual event from the 1930s replayed Saturday, May 1, by the Cambria Historical Society. An estimated 300 people toured the colorful gardens of the Cambria Historical Museum.
The family friendly event featured Hearst Castle roses and artifacts, as well as cut flowers from local gardens and displays, produce and products by local growers and merchants. Marj Sewell led two dozen children and adults through three Maypole dances, accompanied by Cambria flute musicians Pat Burbank and Susan Mastin.
A surprise visitor was Norma Bassi Monson, 91, who entralled a small audience gathered under the museum’s Port Orford cedar with tales of her childhood at San Simeon Village. She is the granddaughter of Manuel Sebastian and niece of Pete Sebastian, the late owners of the Sebastian Store, and she lived with them until 1930 at the BayView Hotel that stood next to the store.
‘Norma is a local treasure and she added a wonderful touch of local history to our May Day celebration,’ said event organizer Susan McDonald, noting that Monson was one of the princesses pictured in the historical May Day photo that appeared in the April 1 Cambrian (online at http://bit.ly/bF0FHk).
In the photo here, Sewell (far left) leads the maypole dance as Kate McCarty (foreground) , 6, of San Luis Obispo (granddaughter of museum docent Judy Burley of Cambria) and others follow ’round.