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Ramona Days

A celebration of history and fiction comes to Rancho Camulos

Posted: September 24, 2009 5:30 p.m.
Updated: September 25, 2009 6:00 a.m.

The historic school house at Rancho Camulos. The wagon dates from the 1800s and belongs to the Villar family. They bring it out to the site every year for Ramona Days.

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History and historical fiction will both come to life at Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark in Piru on Sunday, Oct. 4, as the famous rancho hosts Ramona Days. While the location offers a glimpse into history on any day, on this particular day the fictional story of Ramona, from the 1884 novel of the same name, will be reenacted. (Many believe that Rancho Camulos served as the inspiration for the rancho depicted in the novel.)

Ramona Days Chairperson Maria Christopher said that the event offers a unique opportunity to experience Rancho Camulos. "We are so excited to have more than 20 members of the Hemet Ramona Outdoor Play participating in this growing annual event."

In addition to seeing vignettes from the "Ramona" play, visitors can watch the remastered 1910 Mary Pickford movie, "Ramona," filmed on location at Camulos; view unique memorabilia and historic displays; experience living history and attend presentations by Ramona experts such as "Ramona Memories" author Dydia DeLyser, Ramona pageant historian Phil Brigandi and filmmaker Hugh Munro Neely. There will also be food, music by The Restless Hillfillies, dances by the Groupo Folklorico Tecalitlan, art and craft sales and demonstrations, museum and garden tours, free children’s activities and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a true immersion experience.

Advance admission is $5, and gate admission $8. Children 12 and under will be free. Advance tickets are now available in person at the gift shop and the Camulos fruit stand, via e-mail, phone, mail, and at will call. Additional details are available at www.ranchocamulos.org. Vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are also available for this unique event. All proceeds benefit the historical preservation, restoration, and educational efforts of this 501(c) 3 museum.

A limited number of tickets at $50 each are also available for a "Sneak Preview," VIP fundraiser October 3, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will feature wine-tasting, food, unique entertainment and opportunities to interact with the "Ramona" cast. Contact the Museum at ranchocamulos@earthlink.net or call (805) 521-1501.

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