As the Cambria Historical Society meets the commitment to keep alive our town’s legacy, our small but dedicated cadre of volunteers has a lot of enjoyment! We now bring you the Annual Heritage Day on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for some of your favorite old-fashioned fun, in the front and back yards of the Museum at the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.
Children’s activities, live music, displays and demonstrations will be yours at no charge, with food and beverages at low prices. Please plan on bringing your family and friends to join in the fun.
Stroll the grounds to view craftsmen and women at work, such as Oz Barron and friends weaving. Observe Dick Marshall and Ed Zirbel woodcarving, and Mike Davis playing the Native American flute and weaving pine needle baskets.
Children are invited to create their own dreamcatchers. Sample fresh butter, which Debbie Soto churns before your very eyes. You might also catch sight of Bob Soto and his unique ranch specialty.
The Rev. Tracy Vining and other neighbors will again bring their horses for “kids” of all ages to ride through the back village. Take a photo with Cambria’s 1937 Dodge firetruck or Jim Jenkins’ and Jay Burbank’s vintage Ford cars, which will be on display.
Munch on hot dogs, popcorn and Jim Loveless’ award-winning chili, and sip root beer floats or lemonade, as you enjoy the music of returning guest guitarist Marc Weber. For information, call chairman John Ehlers at 927-3065.
The Rev. Theresa Desmond, with husband Alan as the Sheriff, will perform “shotgun weddings,” all in the spirit of fun for the day. Be sure also to visit our exhibits inside, featuring Hearst Castle. On sale in the bookshop is the brand new illustrated walking tour guide book of east village, chock full of information about Historic Cambria: Treasures of the Past, only $10.75, including tax.
Other June events
On Saturday, June 6, we will host Wayne Attoe as he autographs his new Images of America: Cambria, which was done in collaboration with rancher/historian Dawn Dunlap. Festivities begin across the road on the Greenspace Reserve, with refreshments at 1:30, and a marvelous opportunity to tour the Chinese temple structure and its artifacts. Wayne’s book is on sale in our shop.
Save the date for our next Speaker Series event in the parlor at the museum: Thursday, June 18, at 5:30 p.m. Matthew Easterbrook and Rick Wiley will regale our members with their tales of “One Family’s History of Living at Folsom Prison” (not as prisoners). For $10 admission, the public is invited to join in, with the fee applicable to a family membership. Beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
Details: Penny Church at 927-1442.
It always is a pleasure to provide student field trips, and we were delighted with the 13 tykes from the Grammar School’s transitional kindergarten yesterday. They enjoyed reliving the “good old days” by pumping water from the well for the garden; scrubbing bandanas on a washboard and hanging them on a clothesline; and listening to tales from picture books by local authors.
Always a treat is listening to records on the wind-up Victrola, and viewing 3-D pictures on the stereopticon. Tours may be reserved at 927-3159.
The Cambria Historical Museum is staffed by volunteers Friday-Sunday 1-4, and Monday morning 10-1. The Heirloom Gardens are open all day every day, and new docents are needed for the garden as well as the museum; call 927-2891. Find us at www.cambriahistoricalsociety.com, and follow us on facebook.com/cambriahistoricalsociety.