Swing to Jazz & Beyond in the Garden

Live music just sounds even better outdoors, don’t you think? 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. Wine, other beverages and fruit & cheese plates are available for purchase before the concert and during intermission.

On  Sunday (8/13/17), savor the hip, melodic and syncopated sounds of The Robert Hart Project. Robert is a genre-bending vocalist, saxophonist, pianist, flautist, bassist, composer, engineer and producer. On Sunday, 8/27/17, experience Café Odessa, a potent mixture of traditional jazz, classical, folk, Eastern European and Dixieland. Buy tickets online for only $30 per person 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/

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!

PCPA Presents “Lend Me A Tenor The Musical”– a romantic comedy!

Lend Me A Tenor The Musical, a Tony-nominated musical comedy, may be a case of romantic mistaken identities, yet you don’t want to make a mistake and miss this performance under the stars in downtown Solvang! Here’s the set-up: the year is 1934 and opera star Tito Merelli is about to revive one of his great triumphs for the 10-year anniversary of the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. When Tito becomes incapacitated, a suitable replacement must be found and mayhem ensues, yet the show must go on! Lend Me A Tenor The Musical is now playing Tuesday-Sunday through July 23, 2017, at the magical, outdoor Solvang Festival Theater performed by acclaimed actors of PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre). Tickets are available online at www.pcpa.org or at the Theater box office located at 420 Second Street. On 7/19/17,  (Solvang 3rd Wednesday) adult tickets are 25% off (and be sure to ask about seasonal senior, student, or child pricing—yet remember, kids under 5 are not admitted into the theater.) Solvang Festival Theater is within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and local attractions. For a tantalizing taste of the show, check out this video!

Beauty and the Beast Opens PCPA Summer Season on June 15th

Have you discovered Solvang Festival Theater yet? This 700-seat outdoor venue in the half-round hosts marvelous live concerts, plays, musicals and comedies; and was built by community volunteers in only 58 days in summer 1974. For the 43rd summer in this magical setting, PCPA (Pacific Conservatory Theatre) professional performances are presented under the stars featuring acclaimed actors and stunning sets. Highlights of the 2017 PCPA summer season are Beauty and the Beast (June 15-July 2) a musical version based on the classic fairy tale; Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (July 6-23) a tale of mistaken identities and unexpected romance; Disney’s Newsies The Musical (July 27-August 20) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway show telling the true story of those who took on the most powerful names in New York; and concluding with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night (August 24-September 10). Solvang Festival Theater is located at 420 Second Street within easy walking distance of hotels, restaurants and wine tasting rooms. You should definitely check out PCPA overnight packages as well as dinner specials available to really enjoy your experience. Here are all the details: http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/live-theater-nightlife/

Naturally Wonderful: Cachuma Lake Recreation Area

Just 15 minutes from downtown Solvang, you and yours can discover all the natural wonders of Cachuma Lake Recreation Areawith winter rains, the lake itself is over 50% full and vibrant as ever. There’s so much to do (or not to do) at Cachuma—from hiking, boating, kayaking, canoeing and fishing plus amazing guided nature cruises aboard The Osprey, a 30-passenger pontoon boat. You can see deer, herons, hawks, and the resident bald eagle pair if you’re lucky (not to mention some amazing flora, especially this year). Cachuma is a gorgeous place for a relaxing day or a picnic on the shore, a hike or a stroll.There is a general store, marina plus the very interactive Neal Taylor Nature Center. Year-round, there’s free Nature Hikes leaving from the Center at 10am on Saturday mornings plus the Junior Ranger Program. Park admission is only $10 per car and so worth it! For more details and directions, visit www.solvangusa.com/directory/cachuma-lake-recreation-area/

Time to Tee Off!

Spring has sprung and there are more hours of daylight—so plenty of time for you and/or someone you know to get out and play more golf (just like they’re doing this week in Augusta at the Masters Tournament–I’ve actually attended five times and it is magnificent there—yet here we can play year-round—so much better!)  So get ready to shout “fore” in style at some magnificent courses that are even lusher now that the drought has abated. Surrounded by rolling hills, ranches and vineyards, our local golf courses definitely have some great scenery to enhance your play time.

Just five minutes from downtown Solvang, The River Course at The Alisal is situated on the banks of the Santa Ynez River against a backdrop of the Santa Ynez Mountains, and was prominently featured in the 2004 Oscar-winning movie Sideways; plus the River Terrace overlooking the course is a delicious place for breakfast and/or lunch. In the nearby Santa Rita Hills wine country west of Buellton, check out La Purisima Golf Course created by world-renowned course architect Robert Muir in 1986 on 309 acres. Zaca Creek Golf Course is a sweet 9-hole, par-29 public course in Buellton. Rancho San Marcos gracefully saddles the natural topography meandering amid a plethora of ancient oaks just 30 minutes away down Scenic Highway 154. For complete details on where to tee off, visit http://www.solvangusa.com/explore-solvang/what-to-do/golf/

 

Hot Hot Hot!

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Crowd Silhoueted by FlamesIf you and your family want to experience a “hot” celebration, then be sure to attend the FREE annual Solvang Christmas Tree Burn in the fields at Old Mission Santa Ines, 1760 Mission Drive in downtown Solvang from 5:00-7:00 p.m. this Friday, 1/6/17. The lyrics of the classic tune “Hot Hot Hot” really capture the action “It’s in the air – Celebration time — Keep up this spirit — Come on let’s do it — Feeling hot hot hot!”

2013 Solvang Xmas Tree Burn-Supervised+Ignited by FirefigthersThis popular annual event is supervised by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department as one of the largest fire safety demonstrations and community gatherings on California’s Central Coast; and coordinated by the Solvang Parks & Recreation Department. There will be free, live entertainment as well as refreshments for purchase. All area residents are invited to bring their tree (stands & ornaments must be removed) to the burn pile between now and Noon on 1/6/17. Join together to see this powerful spectacle ignite the New Year and herald the end of Solvang’s annual Julefest Celebration. For more details, call Solvang Parks & Recreation at 805-688-PLAY.