Autumn officially arrives on Thursday, 9/22/16, yet our weather has been rather summer-like and still traditionally temperate—cool mornings and evenings and warm, sunny skies during the day. I’ve been known to tell friends it’s time to dress like an onion—peel off layers during the day and put them back on in the evening! Some say spring is the time for closet cleaning, however now is a great time to update your wardrobe and make room for the latest “fall” fashions! (Guys, this applies to you, too, enough of the old t-shirts!) With more than 150 independent boutiques to choose from—from Incredibly chic yet affordable women’s, men’s and kids clothing, fine leather goods and accessories, shoes, boots and clogs will keep you strolling around town looking for items you hadn’t even known you need! Get some retail therapy at totally one-of-a-kind clothing shops—just to mention a few such as Atterdag Kids, Elna’s Dress Shop, First Street Leather, Parts Unknown, Solvang Shoe Store, Treats Clothing Boutique, True Addiction Women’s Apparel or The Sock Loft. Check out all your fashionable opportunities at http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/shopping/
Ja, it’s that magical time of year here in Solvang—the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation is coordinating the 80th Annual Solvang Danish Days from Friday, September 16 through Sunday, September 18, 2016. This amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 105 years ago!) This year’s theme is “Think of Something Danish” which won’t be difficult with all the food, dancing, free music, entertainment and chances to be “VIP Danes for the Weekend.”
Meet 2016 Danish Maid Natalya Nielsen (her family members were some of the original settlers). You can enjoy three parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2016 Grand Marshals Mike and Martha Nedegaard and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest (how many can you eat in 5 minutes?)
In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Don’t miss any of these festivities! Get all the details and make your hotel reservations now by visiting www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/
You don’t want to miss this superb performance of In the Heights by an outstanding PCPA cast at Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street, in downtown Solvang. In the Heights won a Tony Award for Best Musical in 2008 and there is no doubt why. The music and lyrics are by Lin Manuel-Miranda, the creator of the current Broadway hit Hamilton. The setting is New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood—a place on the precipice of change, hopes and dreams. This show is about discovering yourself and finding your true home–against any odds. I attended the opening night show and want to tell you that this musical is honest, raw, contemporary and yet has timeless themes. It’s especially poignant while you can watch the stars onstage AND in the sky! This is the final show of the 2016 PCPA summer season in Solvang. For details and tickets, visit http://www.pcpa.org/IntheHeights.html
It’s almost September already and Solvang is filled with activities and festivities—especially for this upcoming Labor Day “long weekend.” You know you want to getaway and visit—do some shopping, wine tasting, check out the restaurants (including Bacon & Brine in their new location with expanded hyper-local menu), sample Danish delights at five authentic bakeries and just relax & renew!
And be sure to get tickets to see the amazing PCPA production of “In the Heights” (by the creator of “Hamilton”) now being performed under the stars at Solvang Festival Theater.
With 18 inns, hotels and resorts to choose from, there’s lodging options for every taste and budget here in “California’s Little Denmark.” Package deals simplify planning your getaway so check out this link to make it even easier on your wallet and make your hotel reservations now! http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/where-to-stay/deals/
Vroom Vroom! Are you ready to see some of the finest classic vehicles in California? Put your current ride in drive and visit Solvang for the 12th annual Wheels N’ Windmills Car Show this Saturday (8/27/16) from 10am to 4pm. It’s free for you and your family & friends to come admire a mix of 300 classics (pre-1980) plus vendor booths, live entertainment and giveaways downtown along Copenhagen Drive. Take a stroll, chat up the owners (and of course, take time to shop & eat & wine & beer taste, too!) Registration fees support charities including the Buellton Senior Center, Old Yeller Ranch Rescue and the Progeria Foundation. Plus, there is a raffle for a GM Performance V8 crate engine & transmission with proceeds benefiting automotive training programs at Santa Ynez Valley Union, Lompoc and Santa Maria high schools. This is an amazing display of mechanical horse-power—that always gets this Detroit Motor City native gal revved up!
For more details on all the events happening in Solvang, visit www.solvangusa.com/events/
Got an appetite for aebleskiver, those delish Danish pancake balls? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing? Want to meet a Viking? Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/16/16 through Sunday, 9/18/16 for the FREE 80th annual Danish Days celebration. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this amazing activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. (Hard to believe that was 105 years ago!)
You can enjoy three parades ((Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2016 Grand Marshals Mike and Martha Nedegaard and Sunday’s Children’s Parade); two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest (how many can you eat in 5 minutes?) In Solvang Park check out the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent. There are free concerts and live entertainment all around town. You can experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum. Come be a Dane for the weekend! Don’t miss any of these festivities! You can view all the details and start planning your stay by visiting www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/
If you’d enjoy some live, Sunday afternoon entertainment this summer, make plans to attend the “Jazz & Beyond in the Garden” series of concerts at Solvang Festival Theater, located at 420 Second Street. You can relax under the oaks and listen to outstanding musicians while sipping locals vintages and refreshments. Wine, other beverages and fruit & cheese plates are available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.This Sunday’s concert (8/14/16) is already sold out with The Robert Hart Project. Robert is a genre-bending vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, flautist, bassist, composer, engineer and producer.On Sunday, 8/28/16, experience the stylings of internationally renowned violinist and composer, Mads Tolling, a two-time Grammy Award winner accompanied by keyboardist Colin Hogan.Finally, groove on smooth Bossa Nova and Brazilian Jazz to contemporary pop and lively samba with Téka and NewBossa on Sunday, September 18.
Buy tickets online for only $30 per person at www.solvangfestivaltheater.org/concerts.php or at the gate (opens at 2:30 p.m., and concerts begin at 3:00 p.m.) For complete details on more summer events in Solvang, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/