Last Saturday, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park to celebrate the renovation of the Campfire Center. This project was funded with bond funds through the Interpretive Exhibit Program (IEP). The electrical systems were upgraded. A new screen and Audio/Video equipment were purchased and worked superbly for the program. Campers appreciated the new walkways and night lighting as they came to join the campfire program. A new interpretive panel about the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) that will educate future visitors about the importance of the CCC in the development of the park was designed and fabricated. Redwood log benches, which reflect the classic park rustic style of the CCC-era projects, were designed by Mike Zuccaro and created by Martin Slanina.
Marina Troop 134, who had conducted the opening flag ceremony, did a silly skit. Big Sur Interpreter Sara Arnett masterfully played her fiddle and Michael Green, Interpreter III for Monterey State Historic Park, played his guitar and led the audience in a song he wrote for the ceremony. Then Linda Rath, a former park staff person and current Point Sur State Historic Park docent, did some interactive songs that got the audience moving. Sara presented a PowerPoint presentation on the history of the park. Then night ended by roasting marshmallows around the campfire and making s’mores.
The Big Sur community, the former and current park staff, Boy Scouts and the campers were impressed with the renovation. We look forward to years of campfire programs for the children of the children who attended who will look back fondly on this magical night.