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/

 

Disney’s Newsies The Musical Opens in Solvang on 7/27!

You have to admit, there is something magical about live theater under the stars! PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) performances in Solvang Festival Theater are wonderful ways to spend summer evenings here. So far this season, we’ve enjoyed Beauty and The Beast and Lend Me a Tenor The Musical. Starting this Thursday, July 27 through Sunday, August 20, 2017, experience the stirring music, amazing heart and stunning choreography of Disney’s Newsies The Musical. The show is based on the history-making 1899 newsboy strike that shook up New York publishers William Randolph Hearst and Joseph Pulitzer. You can get your tickets at the Festival Theater box office located at 420 Second Street or online at www.pcpa.org

Read all about this deal—order Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday tickets and use Coupon Code $5OFF17 to save $5 off EACH adult ticket at check out online. On Solvang Third Wednesday (8/16/17) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child ticket pricing—do remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants, wine bars and local attractions. Come experience how the remarkable strength that comes from standing together – one for all and all for one is powerful– no matter what decade!

Free Hans Christian Andersen Birthday Party on April 2nd

Solvang, CaliforniaAre you a fan of fairy tales? April 2nd is the birth date of Hans Christian Andersen, one of the world’s most famous Danes and father of the modern fairytale—including  favorites such as The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Princess & The Pea and The Ugly Duckling. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark on April 2, 1805 and lived until August 4, 1875 and would have been 211 years old this year! You’re invited to attend a birthday party in his honor at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum with complimentary kransekage (Danish marzipan cake) from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. this Saturday, 4/2/16.

The Museum is located at 1680 Mission Drive in the cozy second floor above The Book Loft and Solvang Coffee Company. Year-round, you can discover so much more about this fascinating author. This free museum is filled to the rafters with originals and copies of Andersen’s books, sketches, paper cutouts, silhouettes and collages that kids of all ages can enjoy. And just a block away, don’t miss the bronze statue Andersen in Solvang Park. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/directory/hans-christian-andersen-museum/

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!

 

Be a Dane This Weekend! It’s Danish Days!

Mia_Andersen_2015Are you ready to embrace your inner Dane? Meet some Vikings? Got an appetite for aebleskiver? It’s all happening this weekend during the FREE 79th annual Danish Days from Friday, 9/18/15 through Sunday, 9/20/15. Sponsored by the charitable Solvang Danish Days Foundation, this activity-filled weekend honors the founding of Solvang by Danish-Americans in 1911. At the opening ceremonies Friday night, meet 2015 Danish Days Maid Mia Andersen (pictured at right).

You can enjoy 3 popular parades (Friday night Torchlight; Saturday afternoon Main Parade featuring 2015 Grand Marshals Bent & Susy Olsen, and Sunday afternoon Children’s Parade.) 13- Danish Days 2008-AebleskiverMakerThere’s a delicious aebleskiver breakfast followed by an aebleskiver eating contest on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The Danish-style Beer & Wine Garden serves Carlsberg, local brews and wines on Friday night and Saturday.

Solvang, CaliforniaThe 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. Experience “living history” at the Elverhoj Museum.

New this year is a free concert performance by US Air Force Band of the Golden West “Galaxy” on Saturday, 9/19/15, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Also new is online advance purchases of Saturday and Sunday Aebleskiver Breakfast tickets and the “Dane For A Day” VIP ticket bundle at https://squareup.com/market/solvang-days

Don’t miss any of these festivities! To see the most current, complete schedule of ALL events during the weekend; visit www.SolvangDanishDays.org

Get Ready for Danish Days Next Month!

Solvang, CaliforniaReady to meet some Vikings? Got an appetite for aebleskiver (Danish pancake balls)? Want to hear Danish music and do street dancing? Make sure you mark your calendar for Friday, 9/18/15 through Sunday, 9/20/15 for the FREE 79th annual Danish Days celebration. 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, two aebleskiver breakfasts followed by an aebleskiver eating contest. 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 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 http://www.solvangusa.com/events/danish-days/

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!