Autumn begins Sept. 23, but already we can feel the change in the air around and about the museum. The wildflowers, resplendent during the drought, are going to seed and will return for years to come.
Our few remaining garden volunteers are hard at work reclaiming the Heirloom Roses and other plants, which were distressed as never before. On our first return date to water them, we could almost hear them sigh with relief as they absorbed every drop. Mike Rice and Kelly Johnson are recruiting new helpers at this time, especially as we ready the yard for fall’s major fundraising events. Contact Kelly at 927-3612.
• Thursday, Sept. 3, longtime memberMarj Sewell
will host an autograph party for their new book at 5:30 in our parlor. “The Reid Family’s Journey to San Simeon” ($26.82 including tax) is chock full of fun, photos, and facts about the life and times as Marj’s family settled in this area. Members attend free, and guests can apply the $10 fee to a membership; beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
• Noted rancher/historianDawn Dunlap
will be featured again at the Stolo’s Family Winery on Saturday, Sept. 16 from noon to 2 p.m., discussing the impact of droughts, floods and federal regulations on California’s beef and dairy industry since the Spanish/Mexican era. The $45 fee includes a catered lunch and wine. Call 924-3131 in advance for reservations.
• Our “Biggest News” is about our biggest benefit fundraiser, the annualHarvest Festival Weekend of Events
. Plan ahead to reserve a spot at the Kickoff Dinner in the Heirloom Garden, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. The Royal Garden Swing Band will accompany the $100 catered dinner; full details are forthcoming on our website, at the museum and in The Cambrian. Information: John Ehlers, 927-3065.
• On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11, join us for theHarvest Market
from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors of all types, Soto’s Market Barbecue and chef Jeanne Brodie’s Shrimp Gumbo will be on site both days, along with lots of our favorite family fun. Wine and beer will also be available. The ever-popular Indigo Jazz musicians will accompany Saturday’s Silent Auction; and Shannon Harmon’s Band will play Sunday, with Shannon emceeing the Local Talent Showcase. Applications for the show (not a contest) will be available at the museum and on our website. Information: Penny Church 927-1442. Come Sunday afternoon for the Pie Tasting Contest, sponsored by Robin’s Restaurant and The Cambrian’s Culinary Corner. Enter your favorite pie for all to taste and vote upon. Applications will be available at Robin’s, in The Cambrian, and at the museum. Information: Consuelo Macedo, 927-3159.
• Get your $100 tickets well in advance for the Monday, Oct. 12,Farm Tour
, which sold out early the past two years.
All these events support the mission of the Historical Society and the operation of the Museum. We value our past and present volunteers, and look forward to serving the community in the future. Please join us inside and outside as we meet our goals; and stay tuned for news of more upcoming events.
About the museum
The Cambria Historical Museum and bookstore at 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 gardens and backyard nursery are open all day every day.
Phone: (805) 927-2891.