Danish Days is Only a Month Away!

Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/15/17 through Sunday, 9/17/17 for the FREE 81st 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 106 years ago!)

Come be a Dane for the weekend! Want to meet a Viking? Got an appetite for aebleskiver, those delish Danish pancake balls? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing?  You can enjoy three parades ((Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade 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. 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/

 

Velkommen Rancheros Visitadores!

This Saturday (5/6/17), head into downtown Solvang around 3pm to welcome more than 700 members of the Rancheros Visitadores “visiting ranchers” for their free equestrian parade. You can greet them as they head north along Alisal Road then east on Mission Drive to Old Mission Santa Ines for a gathering and blessing by the padres. Watch these handsome horses, riders and carriages stride by—once again, they will be attired in pink shirts to support the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara at Sansum Clinic to raise money for local breast cancer patients.

Afterward, the Rancheros will canter/trot/gallop along the Santa Ynez River trail for their week-long trek and encampment nearby. This long-time private men’s membership club is gathering here for the 87th time to celebrate horsemanship, western heritage and ranching traditions. For all the happenings around town anytime, be sure to visit http://www.solvangusa.com/events/

80th Annual Danish Days is This Weekend!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAJa, 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.”

13- Danish Days 2008-AebleskiverMakerMeet 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/

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Free Museum Day is This Saturday, March 5

Elverhoj ExteriorAre you and your family looking for something for fun and for free this Saturday, 3/5/16? Check out “Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day” with free admission at five local museums plus free special activities, too! Want to meet a Viking woman? You can with Danish living history enactments at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way; Solvang, www.elverhoj.org Located in a historic handcrafted Danish-style structure, the Elverhøj (prounounced el-ver-hoy) showcases Solvang’s rich history and the Danish-American pioneer spirit of the town’s founders as well as modern day art exhibits and opportunities. This Saturday, there will be extended hours from 10 am to 6:00 pm. At 4:00 p.m., experience “Seen & Spoken,” a one-time event with award-winning screen writer, producer and author Gerald Di Pego and artist Joseph Knowles in a dialogue about storytelling and art. A complimentary social hour immediately follows the dialogue.

wildling-museum-solvang-caExperience The Wildling Museum at 1511 Mission Drive, Solvang; www.wildlingmuseum.org The Wildling connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art, nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year including free craft activities for kids. This Saturday, you can see a free screening of A Condor’s Shadow at 3:00 p.m. and interact with director Jeff McLoughlin.

Solvang-mission-Santa Ines_1266Founded in 1804 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California, Old Mission Santa Ines Museum, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang; www.missionsantaines.org proudly posses a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the Mission throughout its history. Discover the chapel, gardens and museum at no cost!

thumb_hans-christian-andersen Fond of fairytales? Don’t miss the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang; www.bookloftsolvang.com/museum.htm Andersen (1805-1875) is considered the “father of the modern fairy tale” including such faves as “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Princess and the Pea.” This cozy museum is filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and memorabilia; housed in a second story garret above The Book Loft.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANearby in Santa Ynez, the Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, 3596 Sagunto Street; www.santaynezmuseum.org traces Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. The Carriage House boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages the Western USA. Educational presentations, tours, changing exhibits and community events celebrate Valley history. This Saturday, enjoy free popcorn from a historic popcorn wagon and check out the new “Art in the Courtyard” event with local artists.

Museums are the fun place to be any day and especially this Saturday!

 

FREE Museum Day is this Saturday, March 7th!

2015 SYV Free Museum DayAre you and your family looking for something for fun and for free this weekend? Check out “Santa Ynez Valley Free Museum Day” this Saturday, March 7. You can experience Wildling Museum, 1511 Mission Drive, Solvang. The Wildling connects people with the wonder of America’s wilderness through great art, nature-related classes, special events and rotating exhibits throughout the year including free craft activities for kids. This Saturday, enjoy a special free screening of the movie “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” at 3pm.

Elverhoj ExteriorImmerse yourself in Danish living history from the Vikings to contemporary at Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, 1624 Elverhoy Way,Solvang.  Located in a historic handcrafted Danish-style structure, the Elverhøj showcases Solvang’s rich history and the Danish-American pioneer spirit of the town’s founders. Fond of fairytales?

thumb_hans-christian-andersenDon’t miss the Hans Christian Andersen Museum, 1680 Mission Drive, Solvang. Andersen  is considered the “father of the modern fairy tale” including such faves as “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes” and “The Princess and the Pea.” This museum is filled to the rafters with copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, silhouettes and memorabilia; housed in a second story garret above The Book Loft.

OldMissionSantaInes-Solvang-creditSYVVA-DaveRetzFounded in 1804 and now on the National Register of Historic Places, the 19th in the chain of 21 Missions throughout California, Old Mission Santa Ines Museum, 1760 Mission Drive, Solvang; proudly posses a collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts used in and around the area throughout its history.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Santa Ynez Valley Historical Museum & Carriage House, 3596 Sagunto Street, Santa Ynez; traces Santa Ynez Valley history from the early Chumash Indians through its 20th-century ranching days. The Carriage House boasts the largest collection of American made horse-drawn carriages the Western USA. Educational presentations, tours, changing exhibits and community events celebrate local history. Can you visit them all? Here’s a map to help you explore!

 

78th Annual Danish Days Are Here!

Solvang, CaliforniaGot an appetite for aebleskiver? Ready to meet some Vikings? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing?

Solvang, CaliforniaAND see original artwork and the premiere of a new TV show featuring Solvang? It’s all happening this weekend during the FREE 78th annual Danish Days from Friday, 9/19/14 through Sunday, 9/21/14. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911.

You can enjoy three parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade and Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade.) Experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum.

13- Danish Days 2008-AebleskiverMakerThere’s delicious aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contests on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Danish-style Beer & Wine Garden serves Carlsberg, local brews and wines on Friday night and Saturday. The Ravens of Odin, a professional Viking re-enactment group creates an authentic camp in Solvang Park adjacent to the Kids’ Korner featuring a huge LEGOS ® make-your-own craft tent plus free concerts including Manne (Danish duo straight from Denmark).

At the opening ceremonies, meet 2014 Danish Days Maid Angelique Heron. Then, see world famous folk artist Eric Dowdle, host of Public Television’s “Painting the Town with Eric Dowdle,” who’ll present the premiere of his new 30-minute TV show “Painting the Town: Solvang” and unveil his new, original painting, “Solvang, Danish Village.” Come be a Dane for the weekend! Don’t miss any of these festivities! You can view complete schedule at www.solvangdanishdays.orgDanish Days Logo

Old Mission Santa Inés Restoration Raffle

Solvang-mission-Santa Ines_1266Have you ever wanted to help preserve a place of history (and the opportunity to win a prize, too?) Here’s how . . . participate in the Old Mission Santa Ines Restoration Raffle—happening now until 8/17/14. Located at 1760 Mission Drive in the heart of Solvang, Old Mission Santa Inés, is the 19th mission in the famous chain of 21 California missions stretching from San Diego north to San Francisco. It was founded in 1804 (pre-dating Solvang by more than a century). It serves the community as an active parish, providing services and offering events in the buildings and gardens plus a museum featuring a rich collection of paintings, statuary, vestments, manuscripts, and artifacts of the area’s native Chumash, Spanish and Mexican heritage. As you might imagine, keeping everything maintained is a constant and costly endeavor. Instead of hosting a Fiesta-style event in August (as in previous years) to raise needed funds, you can purchase Restoration Raffle tickets for only $2 each or a booklet of a dozen for $20 at Old Mission Santa Inés Gift Shop from 9:00am-4:30pm daily. You do not need to be present to win the Grand Prize of $5,000, 2nd prize of $1,000 or 3rd prize of $500. Be sure to take a self-guided tour or stroll through the gardens while you’re visiting this historic treasure! http://www.solvangusa.com/listings/index.cfm?action=display&listingID=413&menuID=207&hit=1