This marvelous change in the weather with its lengthening shadows portends the upcoming Cambria Harvest Festival. The Harvest Festival is a free annual event which this year is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Historical Museum and Heirloom Gardens on the corner of Burton Drive and Center Street.
Popular guitarist Bob Benjamin and his Traveling Light Band will be the headliner performing on the back yard stage of the Museum. Great food, craft beer, and local wines will be available, and the El Pinal Parlor of the Native Daughters of the Golden West will be preparing their root beer floats. Resident artist Jim Karjala returns to display and paint his beautiful watercolors. A feature article on the history of the Harvest Festival can be found in the Local History Section of the cambriaca.
Many new and returning vendors will offer unique gifts out front, which supplement local items of interest in the Museum Store. Check out the Halloween décor and Day of the Dead items, scarecrow and harvest selections, sea glass and gemstone jewelry, handcrafted knitted and crocheted gifts, wind chimes, and do not forget the delicious taffy. There will be fun activities for kids at this family friendly occasion. The CHS nursery also will be open.
The corner property at 2251 Center Street at Burton Drive (Lee Street in earlier days) was always the centerpiece and social center of early day Cambria. The Museum now serves the community in the same way, as the crowning glory for the Historic District which was proposed by the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Commission in partnership with the “small but mighty” Cambria Historical Society in 1994.