Monday, May 21, 2007

Celebrating Cambrian at the Camden Community Center

Cambrian residents and neighbors enjoyed food, folk music, Taiko drumming, and art at the second annual Celebrate Cambrian festival Saturday at the Camden Community Center in San Jose.

Dozens of organizations and city departments set up tables to show their support for the Cambrian community. Thanks to the county’s Parks and Recreation Department, children who stopped by my table could pick up Frisbee discs. I was happy to talk to so many parents interested in working with the city and the county to improve their neighborhood.
As part of the festivities, San Jose City Councilmember Judy Chirco and I unveiled statues created by local artists and students at San Jose State University. Judy worked with local groups and businesses to organize the celebration. She and I presented sculptures of school desks representing daydreamers and pranksters reminiscent of when some of the community center buildings were part of Camden High School.

Several other art pieces have been placed around the community center grounds. The installations reveal the community’s history through high school yearbook covers, vintage postcards, historic photos, memories of alumni, and a time capsule.

I hope many residents also made it to Boogie on the Bayou this weekend in Campbell. The annual event brings zydeco music, New Orleans-style food, and family fun to historic downtown Campbell.