Cambrian: Arts & Events

More than 25 authors to gather at Cambria Veterans Memorial Building on July 2

Sharon Lovejoy
Sharon Lovejoy

The Cambria Historical Society and Cambria Friends of the Library are proud as punch to showcase myriad local authors of fiction and nonfiction!

As America celebrates its birthday July Fourth, we felt it appropriate to celebrate Cambria’s Sesquicentennial with a Celebration of Cambria Authors. We will gather together for you to meet and greet them, browse and purchase their books, and have them autographed from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at the Cambria Veterans Memorial Hall.

Sharon Lovejoy, who was part of the initial drive to “Save the Bianchini” in 1980, was instrumental in getting the decrepit 1870s house listed on the National Register of Historic Places, thus saving it from destruction until the Cambria Historical Society purchased the property from the probate court 20 years later and transformed it into the Historical Museum. Sharon will give the keynote speech at 2 p.m., about her charming botanically inspired books, and her recent foray into fiction.

We are also honored to introduce internationally known Catherine Ryan Hyde, author of 30 published and forthcoming books, who not long ago topped the million mark for the most recent six titles of her work sold by Lake Union (Amazon Publishing).

This does not even include the blockbuster “Pay it Forward,” which continues to inspire the altruistic spirit around the world.

We are proud that she was the most popular author on Amazon, making news as she surpassed J.K. Rowling in 2014!

As of press time, 25 other authors will be at our event, ready to autograph their books for all ages. Please tune into our colorful Celebration of Authors website for news and briefs about them and their work:

Scheduled to appear are Betty Winter, Patti Taylor, Debbie Soto, Bob Soto, Julia Stanert, Marj Sewell, Linda Seed, Ken Renshaw, Stephen Provost, Samaire Provost, Shirley Price, Michele Oksen, Helen Mandlin, Suzette Lees, Donna Kean, Sheri Humphreys, Christine Heinrichs, Patricia Heineman, Richard Guiney, Dennis Frahmann, Emma Foster, Dawn Dunlap, Evelyn Dabritz, Sherry Eiselen and Rebecca Buckley.

The $5 entrance fee will benefit the Historical Society’s expansion into the historic Blue House next to the museum. Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase. Shannon Harmon will provide live music during the festivities.

Sewell to speak

Reserve now for Marj Sewell’s fascinating tale of her Reid family’s journey to San Simeon and their ties to Hearst Castle on Thursday, June 16. The evening begins at 5:30, with hors d’ouevres and beverages; members are free and the general public is invited for a $10 fee applicable to a $30 family membership.

There may be a few seats available for Greg Wilkerson’s talk Thursday, June 2, about the Klau Mine, the history of its 1868 operation, subsequent closure and cleanup. Call Penny Church for information and reservations at 927-1442.

Consuelo Macedo’s column is special to The Cambrian, and appears the first Thursday of each month.

About the museum

Located at 2251 Center St. at Burton Drive, the Cambria Historical Museum and bookstore are staffed by volunteers from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday; the heirloom gardens and backyard nursery are open all day every day. Phone: 805-927-2891. Go to, and “like” and share us at