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Tales from Town: Cambria looking forward to Scarecrow and Harvest festivals

Bennjamen Murdoch, 6, (above) and his grandmother Lesli ‘Bubby’ Murdoch’s peach pie won a first-place ribbon last year for the second year in a row.
Bennjamen Murdoch, 6, (above) and his grandmother Lesli ‘Bubby’ Murdoch’s peach pie won a first-place ribbon last year for the second year in a row. COURTESY PHOTO

You’d have to be on Mars with the Curiosity to not know that we’re coming up on Scarecrow Festival time in Cambria. Everyone’s buzzin’ about who’s doing what as they craft their original creations to display all over Cambria. Even though judging is done of those along the main streets of Cambria, we know that lots of people get into the spirit of the thing and post some along other streets and neighborhoods. It’s the sheer joy of participating for the whole month of October!

We also know how much Cambrians love to participate in the annual Historical Society Harvest Festival held each year the second week-end of October in the gardens of the Cambria Historical Museum at Burton Drive and Center Streets. This benefit not only celebrates and supports the scarecrows but also maintains the property and funds our community services.

We’ll start by gathering from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, for barbecued “brats” and a beer tasting from several small local brewers, complete with music by the Cellar Rats. Only 200 tickets ($25 in advance or $30.00 at the door) are available this year. Co-sponsored by the Cambria Sunrise Rotary, proceeds will be shared by both nonprofit organizations for educational projects. Call Chairman Linda Finley (927-5636) for ticket information.

We’ll have fun for all ages, no admission fee, and low prices for barbecue and beverages from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13. The SLO Pokes will provide live bluegrass, blues, and folk music while you peruse the vendors’ booths and silent auction (Saturday only). Invite your friends and neighbors to join us!

For your fullest participation the time is NOW to apply for the “Cambria’s Got Talent” Show, which will be on Sunday, Oct. 14. Last year everyone was amazed at the amount and level and variety of talents, so this year instead of competing for awards, everyone will receive bragging rights, and the historical society will receive donations for the scholarship fund. Contact Marj Sewell 927-8471 to sign up before Oct. 1 to let us know what you’ll do and what you’ll need on our stage.

Back by popular request is the Harvest Pie Contest on Sunday, where attendees can sample slivers of the pies entered and vote for one, for just $5. NOW is the time for all good bakers to submit an application to let us know what you’ll be bringing for us to serve up. A $5 fee and two pies of the same type could win you a $100 gift certificate from Robin’s, Linn’s or Cambria Nursery. Pick up an application at the museum, Robin’s, or call Consuelo Macedo 927- 3159.

The Cambria Historical Society and Museum is proud to be the centerpiece of historic East Village, continuing the tradition of hospitality and celebrations since the 1870s. We provide the historical perspective and records of generations of immigrants to the Central Coast of California. See our exhibits and displays about how Cambria has continued to reinvent itself as the various economies flourished and declined. Visit our museum from 1 to 4 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays. There’s no admission charge, but donations are gratefully accepted. See our heirloom gardens daily. For more information, go to www.cambriascarecrows . com.

For more, call 927-2891 or go to www.cambriahistor Consuelo Macedo is a Cambria Historical Society board member.