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Cambria museum looks ahead to Oct. 7 Harvest Fest

Since 1948, the Pinedorado Parade and Carnival has attracted residents, guests and celebrities. Seen with Bing Crosby in 1957 is Lorraine Gomes, who still resides here.
Since 1948, the Pinedorado Parade and Carnival has attracted residents, guests and celebrities. Seen with Bing Crosby in 1957 is Lorraine Gomes, who still resides here.

The Cambria Historical Society is committed to keeping the spirit of Cambria alive. Since it was founded in 1990, dedicated volunteers have maintained the repository of archived materials and photographs that record the legacy of Cambria’s founding fathers and mothers.

The decrepit Guthrie Bianchini House had been saved to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 by a committee of concerned citizens, and was purchased by the Historical Society from County Probate Court in 2001.

The society assumed a hefty mortgage for the house and the three lots upon which it sits, as the centerpiece for what the Parks and Recreation Open Space Commission envisions as the local historical district. (From the 1860s to the 1930s, Cambria was small in geography but big in spirit as its economy and population fluctuated.)

After raising almost $1 million dollars through fundraising, grants and major donations, the society opened the museum in 2008 and operates to chronicle “the stories and cast of characters.”

On Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., we celebrate at the Harvest Festival, our major fundraiser, with family fun, food by Soto’s True Earth Market, craft vendors, Jim Karjala (our partnering watercolorist) and a selection of other artwork for sale. Chairman Penny Church is contacting participants, so call for details at 805-927-1442.

We are especially proud to feature the inimitable music of Indigo Jazz from noon until 3 p.m. on our backyard stage. Julia and Brett Mitchell will again be front and center. While enjoying the show, check out the annual Pie Contest from 1 to 3 p.m., and your entry may win one of two $250 Taste of Cambria gift baskets sponsored by Robin’s Restaurant and The Cambrian’s Culinary Corner. See us for an application due Oct. 2. Call Consuelo Macedo for information at 805-927-3159.

San Simeon Creek Road tour

Recalling the spirit of Cambria’s early day pioneer settlers, the E.A. Clarke family, the Earl Van Gorden family, and others up San Simeon Creek Road, we will take a guided tour by small buses from 8:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 9. After visiting the Crowther Avocado Ranch, Pedotti Family Ranch, and the Stepladder Goat Farm and Creamery, we will enjoy lunch and wine tasting at Centrally Grown, all included for tax-deductible $100 per person, or $85 for members.

Advance reservations are required by Monday, Oct. 2; and since we always sell out this popular benefit, don’t procrastinate. Now would be an ideal time to get a family membership for $30, which entitles you to the discount, and also free admission to our monthly Speaker Series in the museum parlor. Make arrangements for all these wonderful events at the museum or on the Historical Society website.

Pinedorado and Squibbing

We are indebted to Tony Avila and family for graciously transporting our board members and docents during the Pinedorado Parade in their antique Fords, piquing the spirits of onlookers along Main Street despite the heat. What a wonderful tradition to keep! Another tradition is known as Squibbing, in honor of Louis and Paul Squibb, who gathered trash items during their strolls about the village in the ’50s.

Beautify Cambria will again partner with CHS from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept.10 to tidy up the town by gathering trash and weeds. Meet at the museum for collection bags, refreshment and souvenirs. Keep the spirit of Cambria alive!

Consuelo Macedo’s column on North Coast history and Cambria Historical Society activities appears the first Thursday of each month and is special to The Cambrian.

About the museum

The Cambria Historical Museum and bookstore, 2251 Center Street at Burton Drive, 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 the museum on Facebook at