Music to her ears
If you missed the Symphonie Jeunesse a week ago Saturday, you missed an event that touched a lot of people.
Young people — mostly high school age, all dressed in black, well behaved, bright, enthusiastic — from the San Bernardino area came to Cambria to put on their annual symphony concert.
Michele Brosseau Tacchia, sister to Cambria resident and professional violinist Robert Brosseau, has donated her time for close to 10 years so these students who have a passion for music but may not be able to afford advanced music lessons can realize their potential. She introduced several who had received scholarships and were soon to be off to new horizons.
Their program ranged from “Let It Go” for the younger audience to “Carpe Diem!” to “Concerto in G Major” to Melrose Avenue “Danza Arabia,” an exciting piece they had never played in its entirety to an audience. A day later, one man stopped us on the street in front of Mojo’s to ask if we had gone and said, “It was so good — I was sitting on the edge of my seat!”
Another in line at the Cambria Pharmacy was disappointed that he had not been made aware that the group was in town.
The most telling was from a local guy who emailed at 10:40 the evening of the concert: “Thank you sooooo much these kids put my faith back in the youth of this country.”
A great big thank-you to those who attended and to the Santa Rosa Church on Main Street for their comfortable and beautiful facilities.
Cycling event thanks
The Gene Cerise Memorial Country Coast Classic Bike Ride held June 27 raised more than $20,000 to benefit the youths of Cambria. We would like to thank these many generous volunteers and donors:
Cookie bakers: Ginger Wesner, Linda Douglas, Trudy Chapman, Margaret Booker, Pat Johnson, Beth Cannon, Sherry Eislen, Viv Raives, Sharon Heyne, Val Hopkins, Barbara Battles, Bonnie Snyder, Louann Kelly, Leann Snodgrass, Jim Rogers; for the salted baby potatoes, Trudy Chapman, Leann Snodgrass.
Raffle donors: Cambria Bicycle Outfitter, Harmony Cellars, K-Man, Stolo Family Vineyard, Roxanne Castro, Giornata Winery, The Galley Restaurant, Dave Suden.
SAG and HAM Radio: Jim Pitton, Dan McDonald, Michael O’Sullivan, David Lacey, Corby Lloyd, John Townsend, Roland Soucie, Jim Cissna, Jim MacPherson, Shirley and Norm Smyth, Ron Massengill.
Staging, rest stops, check-in/tear-down: Tish Rogers, Linda and Dan McDonald, Dianne Brooke, Cindy Gustafson, John FitzRandolph, Alex Ferguson, Trudy Chapman, Kathy Brown, Greg Stone, Jeff Dykzeul, Theresa Clevenger, Red Davis, Gary Wilkerson, Muril Clift, Claudia Berkman, Ann Rodgers, Michelle Pezzoli, Robin McDonnell, Carlota McDonald, Jean & Don Laurino, Beth Cannon, Tom Parsons, Bert Maxted, Erv Rodgers, David Lacey, Eric Bakula-Davis.
Others: Cambria Roasting Co. (coffee), Stan, Randy & Tim at The Cookie Crock (special ordering), Supervisor Bruce Gibson (park rental fee reimbursement), Jonathan Greenberg and Greg Wilson (Cambria Lions barbecue), Dave Sassman (happy hour coordinator).
Sponsors: San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club, CAN, Santa Rosa Catholic Church, Lions Club of Cambria (platinum level); Thomas Cantrell, Cambria Bicycle Outfitter, Cambria Physical Therapy, Loud Design (gold); Slabtown Rollers, Harvey’s Honey Huts, Rabobank, David Lacey, LLC Biopharmaceutical Consulting, Sue Cerise (silver); Jordan Evans Group, Cambria Pines Realty, Frank Fratto DDS, Matt Clevenger, Mackey & Mackey Insurance, B&A Sotheby’s Realty, Heritage Oaks Bank, Cambria Bike & Hike Tours, The Westerra Group, Jim and Pat Clevenger, Sons of the American Legion, Centrally Grown, Rahman Law, Sea for Yourself Kayak Tours, Voler (silver); Lynne Singer CPA, Allied Arts, Moonstone Cellars, Edward Jones, Rotary Club, Home Arts, Cambria Hardware, Le Bas International, Hinson’s Tire Pros, Old Cambria Marketplace (partners); Ball & Skein & More; Bridge Street Inn; The Real Estate Company of Cambria; San Simeon Travel; and our in-kind donors: Cookie Crock Market, Linn’s of Cambria, Ragged Point Inn, Hunt Cellars, Cambria Beer Company (associates).
Jim Rogers, Bill Cook, Art Chapman, Bill Hughes, Tom Kennedy, Matt Clevenger, Dorine McInerney, Tom Parsons, Jim Pitton and Marcelle Bakula
The 15th annual Country Coast Classic Bike Ride Committee