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Annual Harvest Festival Planned for Saturday, October 8

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.

The characters on the front porch of the Cambria Historical Museum represent Luisa and Eugenio Bianchini, and Sarah and Samuel Guthrie, will be welcoming everyone to the Harvest Festival.  The Museum now is located in the house in which they once resided.
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The Cambria Tennis Club Keeps Up

One of the goals of the Cambria Tennis Club (CTC) is to maintain and improve the six tennis courts at Coast Union High School.  This week the Club took out the two worn-out windscreens on the west side of Court Six and replaced them with custom-made windscreens.

     CTC’s maintenance efforts are on-going.  For example, in 2020 the Club re-surfaced three of the courts.  In 2021, the Club replaced two tattered windscreens behind Court Three and Court Six.  The maintenance needs are not just the high visibility projects such as court resurfacing and maintaining windscreens, but also repairing and replacing nets, maintaining the ball machine, repairing fences and cracks, purchasing rain squeegees, paying for the porta-potty rental, securing insurance, and purchasing tennis ball repressurizing equipment, to name just a few ways CTC maintains the tennis courts.

     These efforts require funding, so CTC was delighted to learn recently that the Cambria Community Council approved the Club’s application for a grant to help the CTC continue its mission to maintain the six tennis courts.  The Club’s Board of Directors is grateful that the Council finds the work of the CTC worthy of support.          It has been gratifying to see many folks out on the courts this summer, including many visitors in town.  For anyone who wants to renew a love of the game or just knock off the rust, CTC encourages all interested tennis enthusiasts to check out the Club at Saturday drop-in doubles at 9:00 a.m. or contact the Club to see if a game can be arranged.  For further information, check out the Club website ( or reach out to someone in the Club by phone at 805-927-1576

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Camp Ocean Pines to Host Harvest Festival and Legacy Dinner

Camp Ocean Pines is pleased to invite the community to the Harvest Festival, Sunday, October 23, for the annual free community open house with pumpkin decorating, carnival games, axe throwing, live animal presentations, and so much more.

     Also planned is the Legacy Dinner on Saturday, December 3, a fundraiser to celebrate another year of impact in the community and to honor the people who have made the programs at Camp Ocean Pines possible.  Tickets will be available soon.

     Camp Ocean Pines celebrates the transformational experience of nature.  This is an essential part of the organization:  that nature is important for everyone.  People of all ages are served at Camp Ocean Pines.  Summer Camp is for the kids, of course, but a Family Camp has been added to serve people across generations.  Outdoor Education is geared towards school groups, primarily 5th and 6th grade students, and the parents and teachers who accompany the students also benefit from the time to learn and play and grow.

     Camp Ocean Pines also has programs exclusively for adults.  Some of the experiences available are:  being immersed in the nature-based mindfulness of Forest Bathing or by taking a  class in mosaics,  quilting, or songwriting.  More Camp Ocean Pines workshops are always being added.  Check out all of the options at: