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Ramona Days at Camulos

Historic Piru museum/rancho celebrates Helen Hunt Jackson’s classic novel ‘Ramona’ this weekend

Posted: November 5, 2010 6:00 a.m.
Updated: November 5, 2010 6:00 a.m.

The celebration of Ramona Days at Rancho Camulos includes authentic dancing.

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Performances by the core cast of actors and dancers from the world famous Hemet Ramona Outdoor Play will highlight the third annual Ramona Days Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark in Piru.

Helen Hunt Jackson's 1884 classic California novel, "Ramona," will come to life at the "Home of Ramona." In addition to seeing vignettes from the play (11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.), visitors can watch the 1910 Mary Pickford silent 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 film maker Hugh Munro Neely.

There will also be food, music, dance, art and craft sales and demonstrations, original artwork by local artists, museum and garden tours, free children's activities and more. Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a true immersion experience. (View last year's event filmed for Roger Martin's "Out and About "series at www.youtube.com/watch?v=9UmGbXwCMao.)

In order to encourage wide community participation, admission fees are reasonable with advance tickets for $5, and gate admission $8. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free. Advance tickets are now available in person at the gift shop and the Camulos fruit stand, via e-mail, phone and at will call. Additional details will be posted at www.ranchocamulos.org  as available.

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. Rancho Camulos is located on Highway 126, 2 miles east of Piru and 10 miles west of the I-5 Newhall Ranch Road exit.

Special fundraiser Sunday
Additionally, the Rancho Camulos Museum Board of Directors invites you to join them for a special benefit reception to conclude the annual Ramona Days festival. The event will take place on Sunday, Nov. 7, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Rancho Camulos, and there will be tours, hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting and a special screening of "Ramona." The film, which was shot at Rancho Camulos 100 years ago, was re-mastered last year for the Turner Classic series "Latinos in the Movies." The film will have live musical accompaniment featuring composer Maria Neuman, and an introduction by film historian Hugh Munro Neely of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education.

Neuman, a member of one of the most famous musical families in Hollywood and highly honored as a concert composer in her own right, was commissioned to compose and perform the score for the re-mastered film. Neely is a documentary filmmaker, professional musician and theater director. In addition to his work at the Mary Pickford Institute, he has produced silent film soundtracks for Milestone Films and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and directed documentary films on film history.

Tickets for the Sunday fundraiser are $50 and all proceeds benefit the historical preservation, restoration and educational efforts of Rancho Camulos. RSVP to (805) 521-1501. E-mail info@ranchocamulos.org or visit www.ranchocamulos.org.

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