‘Ramona Days’ Celebration, Fundraiser Set At Rancho Camulos Nov. 5-6
The fourth annual “Ramona Days” celebration at the Rancho Camulos Museum National Historic Landmark is set for Saturday, Nov. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The core cast and dancers from the world-famous Hemet “Ramona” outdoor play will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Helen Hunt Jackson’s 1884 classic California novel “Ramona” will come to life at the “Home of Ramona” as the event celebrates all things Ramona.
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In addition to seeing vignettes from the play, visitors get to see D.W. Griffith’s 1910 movie version “Ramona,” shot on location at Camulos and starring Mary Pickford. The editor of the newly remastered film, Hugh Munro Neely of the Mary Pickford Institute for Film Education, will attend.
Visitors may also view unique memorabilia and historic displays, experience living history and attend presentations by Ramona experts such as “Ramona Memories” author Dydia DeLyser and Ramona pageant historian Phil Brigandi.
There will also be food, music, dance, art and craft sales and demonstrations, original creations by local artists, museum and garden tours, free children’s activities and more.
Visitors are encouraged to come in costume and character for a fun experience.
To view the 2009 event “Ramona Days” filmed for Roger Martin’s “Out and About” series on SCVTV, click here.
Advance tickets are $5, and gate admission $10. Ages 12 and younger are admitted free. Get advance tickets in person at our gift shop, via email, phone, mail, and at will-call.
All proceeds benefit the historical preservation, restoration, and educational efforts of this 501(c)3 museum.
Vendor, volunteer, and sponsorship opportunities are available for this unique event.
Benefit Reception Sunday
On Sunday, Nov. 6, a special benefit reception is set from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The reception will be highlighted by a screening of “Ramona” with live musical presentation of the soundtrack featuring composer Maria Newman and Neely’s unique insights into the film and its preservation.
In addition to the movie screening, there will be special tours, an elegant small plate buffet, wine and nonalcoholic beverages.
Seating for this unique experience is very limited and the donation is $100 per person. Advance reservations are required by Oct. 31. For reservations call (805) 521-1501 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Proceeds will benefit the museum’s preservation, restoration and educational efforts.
Rancho Camulos is located on State Road 126, two miles east of Piru/10 miles west of the Interstate 5 Newhall Ranch Road exit.