When my boys were little, I looked forward to summer and all the possibilities it held. I am such a big kid, we would do all kinds of messy, fun, creative, interesting things … ooooo, wait a minute — that sounds like something coming up you may be interested in doing right here in Cambria, if you’re a big kid like me!
I don’t believe there is any “local” who does not know by now about our Scarecrow Festival in October. I believe this year will be the fourth annual, organized by the Cambria Historical Society. Last year was phenomenal but I am sure this year will be even more incredible.
How can you be a part of this lively, town-wide event? Make your own! The sooner you make one and register it (by calling Taylor Hilden at 909-9000), the greater the possibility it could be included in publicity shots, etc. (The festival will be featured in the L.A. Times Travel Section in September and other widely read periodicals!)
How does one build a scarecrow? Attend a workshop and find out! Most people know Cambria is blessed with an incredible number of artistic souls and several of them are once again donating their time to conduct free classes to share techniques for bringing your ideas to life. But, space is limited so you need to sign up now.
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More than just some hay-filled pants and shirts, you can personalize your creation by: making a paper mache head (July 11), smoothing papier-mache heads and adding features (July 18), painting your scarecrow’s face (July 24) and body building and dressing your scarecrow (August 4). These workshops, like I said, are free (donations of course, will be gladly accepted) but you must register early, which you can do by going to www.cambriascare crows.com.
What a fun family project this could be! What a fun project for anyone! Not only is it potentially messy and funny and therapeutic, but last year’s festival brought a marked influx of visitors to our fair village. When downtown thrives, we all ultimately thrive and what better way than with something as goofy and silly and wild as this!
If you’re going to participate in the workshops, you have to do the hardest part yourself before you get there—decide what you want your scarecrow to look like! Draw it out, cut out pictures, whatever it takes, come with a preconceived idea and you will get much more out of the experience.
OK, here’s what I have always told my students in any of my crafts classes: “There are no mistakes in art, just creative adjustments. It may not come out like you originally thought it might, but let your imagination take it where you can still be happy with it! Keep tweaking! Keep having fun with it!”
Again, sign up early and start early … you want to be able to give it your best shot — you never know, you might win one of the awards offered!