Savor Sunday Summer Concerts in the Garden

1427659203bg_Yusef_live_250x280pxIf you’d enjoy some live afternoon entertainment in August, make plans to attend “Sunday in the Garden Under the Oaks” series of concerts at Solvang Festival Theater, located at 420 Second Street. This Sunday (8/2/15), savor the sounds of Brother Yusef, a master solo guitarist as well as a uniquely passionate vocalist playing his distinctive “Fattback Blues.” On 8/16/15, groove with the Scott Martin Latin Soul Band; then enjoy the jazz stylings of Nathan T. Duncan Trio on 8/30/15. Buy tickets online for only $30 per person at http://www.solvangfestivaltheater.org/concerts.php or at the gate (opens at 2:30 p.m., and concerts begin at 3:00 p.m in the garden area.). Wine, other beverages and fruit & cheese plates will be available for purchase before the concert and during intermission. For complete details on more events this sultry summer in Solvang, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

Velkommen Special Olympics Denmark Delegation!

Solvang Host Town SO logoYou can meet 100 Danish Special Olympics athletes and coaches this Wednesday, 7/22/15 from 6-8pm in Solvang Park at the FREE Community Picnic & Welcoming Ceremony—featuring dignitaries and some special guests! The LA2015 Denmark delegation will be treated to hamburgers and all the fixings. You can purchase food and beverages from Ranch Hands Food Truck, the Good2Go Gourmet Hot Dog Cart, the Farmers Market and nearby eateries. Everyone will enjoy live music from T-Bone Ramblers, a local classic rock & roll band who are donating their time & talent to the event. Solvang is proud to be Host Town for the Denmark Delegation today through Friday, 7/24/15.

Before Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) begin on 7/25/15–7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches from 177 countries–will be welcomed to SoCal through the Host Town Program. The all-volunteer Host Town Solvang Local Organizing Committee has been working for the last year to raise money to provide for three nights lodging, all meals, recreational and cultural activities here in “Little Denmark”. Share your support for these amazing Special Olympics athletes and wish them well. Learn more at www.la2015.org/host-town/solvang and www.facebook.com/HostTownSolvang

 

Man of La Mancha Opens This Friday at PCPA Theaterfest Under the Stars

Man of La Mancha LogoHave you ever felt as if you might be able “To Dream the Impossible Dream?”  You can! Starting this Friday (7/17/15) through Sunday, 8/16/15, the classic musical Man of La Mancha is playing under the stars in the Solvang Festival Theater, 420 Second Street in downtown Solvang. This PCPA Theaterfest production is a play within a play, where you’ll meet Miguel de Cervantes, who has just been imprisoned during the Spanish Inquisition. In the dungeon, the other prisoners hold a mock trial and Cervantes must defend himself to save a precious manuscript. He tells the court a fantastic story of an aging nobleman, and while doing so, he transforms himself into knight-errant Don Quixote de la Mancha. Don Quixote duels windmill monsters and defends Dulcinea, the lady of his dreams, who is actually a peasant “kitchen wench” named Aldonza. He travels with Sancho Panza, his squire, who does his best to keep Quixote out of trouble. Will hope win over fear? Find out for yourself and be transformed while sitting under the summer stars and watching the stars on stage!

New Saturday Bus Service Connects Santa Barbara to Solvang & Santa Ynez Valley

DCF 1.0Starting this Saturday (7/11/15)—you, your family & friends can hop on the Clean Air Express bus in Santa Barbara and spend Saturday in Solvang! For the first time, there is a car-free, care-free way connecting Solvang, Buellton and Los Olivos with Santa Barbara every Saturday. Here’s just a sample itinerary—Board the Clean Air Express bus at the Santa Barbara Train Station near the beach (209 State Street) at 10:45 a.m. and you’ll arrive in Solvang Park at 11:40 a.m. You’ll have plenty of time to stroll around the village, eat lunch, do some wine tasting, shop, visit a museum and buy some Danish bakery treats before catching the bus at 4:20 p.m. ;arriving back in Santa Barbara at 5:20 p.m. It’s so affordable—the regular cash fare is only $7 each way (buy at boarding)—and better yet, 7/11/15 Launch Day fare is FREE! The new Clean Air Express Saturday service features charter-style buses with free Wi-Fi, reclining seats and places to stash your bicycle if you want to bring it along.

For complete downloadable PDF schedule and route information, check out http://www.solvangusa.com/getting-to-solvang/transportation/

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