Memorial Day Happenings

The Memorial Day holiday weekend is all most here.  First and foremost, on Monday, 5/29/17, at Noon in Solvang Park–join with officials, veterans, family and friends to commemorate all men and women who have died in military service for the USA. This ceremony is free, everyone is welcome to attend and will feature a performance by the Santa Ynez Wind Ensemble; speakers Rear Adm. Brian Brown, vice commander of the Joint Forces Component Command for Space at Vandenberg Air Force Base; Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans; and members of American Legion Post 160 and the Boy Scouts of America. A flyover of vintage military aircraft is also anticipated. A heartfelt thank you to all who have served esepcially those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Throughout this Memorial holiday weekend, there’s certainly plenty of places and opportunities to celebrate with a  picnic! If your family is like mine, picnics in the park are a favorite. There are choices aplenty for perfect picnic settings around Solvang. First of all, did you know ALL Solvang parks are FREE and open to the public daily? Solvang Park & Gazebo right in the center of town on Mission Drive at First Street. For a more active group, check out Hans Christian Andersen Park at 775 Atterdag Road, with a skate park, play areas and tennis courts within easy walking distance of downtown. Then, there’s the super-fun, built by the community Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road with a Danish-themed wooden play structure, swings, rope bridge, picnic area, ball field and three brand new beach volleyball courts. For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/

Picnic Time!

Solvang Third Wednesday Picnic in the Park-close-upThe Memorial Day holiday weekend is almost upon us–Memorial Day is Monday, May 30, 2016–and you can join community members/family/friends in Solvang Park at Noon to honor all those who died while serving in the U.S. military). Having a picnic in Solvang Park after the ceremony–or anytime  is a great way to celebrate. And if you’re like me, I do like to pick up some ready-made items vs. making everything from scratch! (Sorry Mom!) There are choices aplenty for perfect picnic ingredients and settings around Solvang. First of all, did you know ALL Solvang parks are FREE and open to the public daily? My family and friends really enjoy Solvang Park & Gazebo right in the center of town on Mission Drive at First Street—invariably, there’s something going on there (especially on Third Wednesdays). For a more active group, check out Hans Christian Andersen Park at 775 Atterdag Road, with a skate park, play areas and tennis courts within easy walking distance of downtown. Then, there’s the super-fun, built by the community Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road with a Danish-themed wooden play structure, swings, rope bridge, picnic area and ball field. Here’s a few ideas on where to pick up palate pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, local fruits, breads, sandwiches, deli, salads and desserts—Nielsen’s Market (688-3236); El Rancho Market (688-4300). New Frontiers Natural Foods Deli (639-1746) and Vin Hus (688-7117).For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/things-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Parks  IMG_0349Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Solvang Park Gazebo Crowd Wide Angle

Holiday Weekend = Picnic Time

IMG_0349Tenley Fohl Photography_S3W-Solvang Park Gazebo Crowd Wide AngleHow can the Memorial Day holiday weekend be upon us? Do you like to picnic to celebrate? Our family does and I do like to pick items up vs. making everything from scratch! (Sorry Mom!) There are choices aplenty for perfect picnic ingredients and settings around Solvang.  Did you know all Solvang parks are free and open to the public daily? My family and friends really enjoy Solvang Park & Gazebo right in the center of town on Mission Drive at First Street—invariably, there’s something going on there including free concerts. For a more active group, check out Hans Christian Andersen Park at 775 Atterdag Road, with a skate park and tennis courts within easy walking distance of downtown. Then, there’s the super-fun, built by the community Sunny Fields Park on Alamo Pintado Road with a Danish-themed wooden play structure, swings, rope bridge, picnic area, ball field (and coming soon, a sand volleyball court).

Solvang Third Wednesday Picnic in the Park-close-upHere’s a few ideas for palate pleasing items including gourmet cheeses, local fruits, breads, sandwiches, deli, salads and desserts—Nielsen’s Market (688-3236); El Rancho Market (688-4300). New Frontiers Natural Foods Deli (639-1746) and Vin Hus (688-7117).For more details, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/outdoor-activities/#Parks