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Sesquicentennial celebration kicking into high gear

It’s harvest time at the Heirloom Gardens, with elephant garlic and succulents available for sale on the front porch. Judy Burley, Josie Jarvis and Penny Church gathered some from among the profusion of hollyhocks and roses.
It’s harvest time at the Heirloom Gardens, with elephant garlic and succulents available for sale on the front porch. Judy Burley, Josie Jarvis and Penny Church gathered some from among the profusion of hollyhocks and roses. Special to The Cambrian

The last quarter of this Sesquicentennial Year promises myriad opportunities to celebrate and lots of occasions to enjoy!

Events Chairman Penny Church has done an admirable job with the Cambria Historical Society board, members and community participants to introduce new things to do as well as old favorites by popular demand. Save these dates and join with us.

Thursday, Aug. 4, we have a few seats available to hear Jesse Arnold give an entertaining history of how and when Cambria was named, including the development of the west end of town and its problematical nomenclature. Call Penny at 805-927-1442 to reserve your place. The $10 admission for nonmembers always gets you a discount on the annual family fee — such a deal. Bonus: the 5:30 p.m. opening always includes delectable refreshments and beverages.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 8 p.m., we host Jim Karjala on site at our inaugural participation in the community’s Art Stroll. Jim’s lovely watercolors have been a special feature at our fundraisers, and we appreciate his devotion to the museum. Enjoy refreshments as you peruse his work, some in progress.

Our commitment to the community this year includes the unique placement of an artfully decorated full-size model cow in the front yard from September through May. We are happy to be the East Village representative in the “Cow Parade.” Come by and get your photo op during Cambria’s participation in the craze that has swept the nation and the world since 1999. Go to for details, and watch The Cambrian and the CHS website for news of the artist and the cow.

We are delighted with the public response to commemorate Cambria’s Sesquicentennial with representations of our 150 years of history in the Pinedorado Parade and the Scarecrow Festival entries. CHS will be inviting present day members of Cambria’s earliest families to ride aboard our entry in the parade. Be sure to purchase your special souvenirs at the Museum Store, along with the latest issue of Treasures of Cambria’s Past, illustrating a tour of 28 significant historical structures marked with bronze plaques.

We will again welcome scarecrows to their original home in the Heirloom Garden, ever since their popularity has extended well beyond Cambria. Come and enjoy the October Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Now is the time for all good vendors to reserve a space with Chairman Penny Church.

Music by the Brett and Julia Mitchell’s Indigo Jazz will enliven the day’s events, which always include food, and fun for the kids during the Columbus Day weekend. Our silent auction promises to be even bigger and better, and donations are welcome for this major fundraiser.

This year’s Pie Baking Contest will take place Sunday, Oct. 9, and a new feature will be a Dessert Social, much like an old-fashioned pot luck where folks bring goodies to share. The sky’s the limit on what you bring, and there will be ample opportunity to visit with old and new friends. Yes, you get to sample the pie entries, and three lucky winners will take home valuable prizes. Watch the CHS website, The Cambrian, and Robin’s Restaurant for entry forms, and plan now to bring your best.

Since the Historical Society depends on the October fundraisers for operations and maintenance of not just one but two historical buildings, we are completing arrangements for the unique Farm and Ranch Tour on Monday, Oct. 10, including lunch and wine tasting. Frequently asked question: Will we get to go to the Hearst Arabian Ranch this year? YES, by popular demand! What’s new? That’s a surprise, so stay tuned!

Our Benefit Harvest Dinner will be Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the lovely gardens at Robin’s Restaurant. The gourmet meal, wine pairing, and live music promise to be a highlight of the social season. Reserve a table for eight and make the evening extra special. Tickets for both benefits sell out early, so make reservations on our website and at the museum as they become available in mid-August.

Save these dates for our Thursday Speakers in the Museum Parlor, beginning with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:30: Ted Moreno and Michael May, Oct. 6; Elizabeth Appel, Oct. 20; and Cambrian Editor Stephen H. Provost, Nov. 10.

Consuelo Macedo’s column on North Coast history appears the first Thursday of each month and is special to The Cambrian.