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2012 News Archive
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EXHIBIT: “ORIGINAL/MULTIPLE: Following the Red Thread”
FEBRUARY 4 - APRIL 7, 2012

Debuting February 4 in the Museum Gallery is “Original/Multiple: Following the Red Thread.” This intriguing exhibition expands on a collection of 13 prints by contemporary artists and includes work in a wide variety of art media.
The Opening Reception will be held on Saturday February 4 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm.  Join the celebration and enjoy refreshments and the opportunity to meet the artists.
Each of the 13 exhibiting artists was invited to participate in a collaborative effort dubbed the Limited Edition Project.  Over the course of a year each made limited edition prints (25 identical pieces) in a variety of printmaking media: intaglio, relief, planographic, and digital. “Original/Multiple” includes the entire Limited Edition print portfolio along with supporting pieces from each artist’s studio. Viewers will have the opportunity to explore the creative process and better understand how artists come to their images and the decisions that shape the work. In many cases, these other images are NOT prints, but paintings, sculptures, drawings, watercolors, collages, assemblages, books, mixed-media objects. 
“It is fascinating to find connections and repetitions in a single artist’s work,” says Esther Jacobsen Bates, Executive Director of the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art. “Some elements persist and appear across disparities of time, medium, scale, color, dimension — as if the artist is driven to keep looking for meaning in certain themes, shapes or surfaces, compositions or other visualized ideas.”
Exhibiting artists are Stephanie Dotson, Dane Goodman, Carolyn Hubbs, Michael Jameson, Rafael Perea de la Cabada, Marie Schoeff, Libby Smith, Nicole Strasburg, Dug Uyesaka, Nina de Creeft Ward, Nina Warner, Teresa Zepeda and Pamela Zwehl-Burke.
All of the Limited Edition prints and many of the supplemental works are available for purchase. In addition, smaller works will be available for sale in the Museum Store.

Tuesday February 14, 2012, 5-7 pm

Valley Wines and ValentinesLive music, wine and tasty treats will greet partygoers at the annual Valley Wines and Valentines. The popular event will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday February 14. Décor will revolve around candlelight, art, and Valentine hearts.
There will be plenty of sweet and savory Valentine’s Day treats. “Look for lots of cheeses — always a Danish favorite,” according to Elverhøj Executive Director Esther Jacobsen Bates. There will be appetizers, fruit, and a selection of locally made desserts and chocolates. And all these foods can be paired with a great selection of award-winning local wines.
Musicians Harris & ColoneMusicians Carole Ann Colone and Pamela Harris will perform throughout the evening.  This local duo creates a eclectic mix of music with pedal harp and blend of percussion.

A small silent auction will feature a select number of highly desirable items including special wine bottlings, one-of-a-kind art gifts, and local adventures such as ATV, segway and private fishing excursions. The winners of The Fabulous Valentine Raffle will be drawn at the event. Grand Prize is Cupid’s Wine Cellar, a 24-bottle wine collection donated by hand selected local vintners. First Prize winner will receive 12 bottles of selected wines. Additional prizes will be awarded. Raffle tickets are $5 each or five for $20.
Admission is complimentary for Elverhøj members, $5 for non-members. The Museum is located at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang. Proceeds from this event fund programs, exhibits, services and facilities.
For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, phone the Museum at (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org

Valley Foundation Awards

Eight Santa Ynez Valley volunteers were honored by The Valley Foundation at a dinner banquet on March 24. The Santa Ynez Valley News co-sponsors the annual awards, recognizing volunteers and volunteerism in the community. The following three long-time Elverhøj supporters were among those recognized for their contributions.

Richard ChristensenRICHARD CHRISTENSEN was presented a Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteerism. His deep involvement in the community covers many aspects, from elected office on school boards and water boards to nonprofit work with elder care, museums and cemeteries.

Richard was a co-founder and director of the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, where he remains involved at the committee level and as an advisor. He was a charter member of the Vikings of Solvang, and a founder of the Solvang Friendship House Foundation and has helped a long list of non-profits in the Santa Ynez Valley.

He has also served on the Solvang and Dunn school boards, the boards of Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People, Friends of the Library, the Santa Ynez River Water Conservation District, and is a long-standing member of the Danish Brotherhood and Rebild Society.

“The Santa Ynez Valley is a unique place,” Richard noted, “but the giving spirit of its residents, whether in time, money, or kindness, is what truly sets it apart.”

KATHRYN MULLINS was honored as Volunteer of the Year for Community Enhancement. “Most of my community involvement centers on being in charge of a business that has become a kind of community center where both local people and visitors come for information, advice and relaxation,” Kathy said.

Owner of the Book Loft in Solvang, Kathy now spends a majority of her time in the top floor which houses the Hans Christian Andersen Museum. It was officially dedicated on Andersen’s birthday on April 2, 1990. “It was quite a project as we spent time traveling and hunting for books, memorabilia, and fixtures.” Over time, the space has evolved into a showcase for the city and its Danish heritage.

Kathy has served on the Elverhøj board and continues in an advisory role. She has also served on the Theaterfest and the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau boards and as a member of the Solvang Centennial Committee.

ESTHER JACOBSEN BATES received the award for Volunteer of the Year for contributions to arts and culture. Over the decades she has volunteered extensively with Danish Days, the Solvang School PTO and the Solvang Education Foundation, Bethania Preschool, Arts Outreach, the Santa Barbara Arts Commission, and very intensely over the last several years with the Solvang Centennial Committee.

Dave Bemis, editor of the Santa Ynez Valley News, introduced her at the dinner, saying “Esther is the executive director at the Elverhøj Museum of History and Art, so you might say, arts and culture are her job. But her efforts have gone so far beyond her job description, and so far beyond the number of hours for which she’s paid. In addition to all the very significant improvements she’s made at Elverhøj, and continues to make, she worked behind the scenes for years to create links with Danish ambassadors and others to lay a foundation for Solvang’s Centennial celebration throughout last year. That was the essential groundwork for getting a visit from Denmark’s Prince Consort Henrik, for example.

“I truly feel that I have received more than I’ve given,” Esther said. “I’ve learned that when you are all together because you want to be, amazing things can happen.”

The man and woman of the year and the lifetime achievement honoree were asked to choose a nonprofit group of their choice to receive a $1,000 donation in their names from The Valley Foundation, while the other honorees are asked to direct a $250 donation.

Free Concert Tuesday May 8 at 7 pm

Københavns Drengekor

Chapel Choir boysThe highly acclaimed Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir for Boys & Men — Københavns Drengekor — will perform in Solvang on Tuesday May 8. The sublime, soaring music from one of Denmark’s oldest and most respected boys choirs will fill the Santa Ynez Valley Presbyterian Church at 1825 Alamo Pintado for a free concert beginning at 7 pm.

The choir’s May tour of the United States also includes concerts in leading cathedrals in San Francisco, Atlanta, Washington DC, Philadelphia and New York. The program, From the Courts of Europe, incorporates both classical and modern choral music with selections accompanied by organ and harp.

The Solvang performance is produced in cooperation with the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington D.C., the Royal Danish Consulate General in New York, and Elverhøj Museum of History and Art in Solvang.

Considered one of the world’s finest choirs of its type, the choir has gained an international reputation through its interpretation of the works of the major composers of the renaissance and baroque eras along with 20th century choral music for boys’ and men’s voices. They work regularly with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and provide music for Danish Royal occasions as well as cultural events.

The Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir is one of Scandinavia’s oldest choral foundations and one which is richly steeped in tradition. Founded in 1924, the choir quickly developed into a full-time institution with the boys receiving their general education alongside a full musical and vocal training. The high artistic standard which has characterized the choir for 75 years has been achieved by means of the unique vocal training the choristers receive at St. Anne’s, the Copenhagen Municipal Choir School, and from the choir’s duties at Copenhagen Cathedral.

Royal Chapel Choir

Chief conductor Ebbe Munk has been the artistic leader of the choir since 1991. He stresses the professional approach of the members in the choir in spite of their young age. Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir consists of between 60 and 80 boys in the age from 9-14 years. The U.S. tour will feature 30 boys, ages 13-14 years, together with 30 men who give depth to the boys’ voices.

Sanctioned by Henrik, His Royal Highness the Prince Consort of Denmark, the choir has taken part in productions for radio and television in Denmark and in other countries, and the many CDs and performances have all contributed to its distinguished international reputation.

For more information, phone (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.


Maybe you have spotted the elegant red and blue Elverhøj Museum banners hanging from street light poles throughout Solvang.

Elverhoj Banner 1 Elverhoj Banner 2

The two-sided banners depict motifs at Elverhøj. The first motif portrays one of the stylized peacocks that perch in the wrought iron scrollwork inside the Museum’s main room. The other motif portrays “Jørgen,” the terracotta Icelandic horse in the courtyard at the Museum entrance. The horse was sculpted by artist Viggo Brandt-Erichsen whose former residence is now the Elverhøj Museum.

Solvang street light pole banners change periodically for special events and activities, but you will see some Elverhøj banners up year round.

Celebrating Education, Culture, and the Arts

Esther Jacobsen BatesAt Elverhøj we want to provide engaging cultural and educational experiences for our visitors. Often they provide the same for us. This happened to me recently when a team of government officials from Crimea came to Elverhøj at the invitation of Solvang City officials. Not only was it impossible for me to understand their language or identify most of their alphabet, I had to research exactly where on the map this autonomous republic of Ukraine is located. (FYI: Crimea is a peninsula on the northern coast of the Black Sea). Although our discussion — with the aid of a translator — centered on small government management and public/private partnerships, we also shared a keen interest in the history and contemporary culture of each other’s homeland.

Crimean Delegation
Crimean Delegation

This cultural inquisitiveness is present in many visitors who come to Elverhøj. They often ask us about Solvang’s historical ties to Denmark and, with increasing frequency, about life in contemporary Denmark. The media interest in Solvang’s 2011 Centennial extended all the way to Denmark; as a result, more Danes are including a stop in Solvang when visiting California.

Cultural exchanges between Denmark and Solvang are vital and ongoing, with special support from the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, D.C. A fine example of this support and cultural exchange is the May 8 performance by the boys and men from Copenhagens Royal Chapel Choir. It is quite extraordinary that such a world-class choral group has chosen to include Solvang in their tour of U.S. cities.

The Royal Chapel Choir will be followed in late summer by the first cohorts of Danish students from Copenhagen’s Niels Brock Business College and Hospitality College. Discussions about the possibility of educating young Danes in Solvang began over a year ago. It seemed like a modern version of Solvang’s founding, when a group of Danish educators traveled west in hopes of starting a school in the Santa Ynez Valley! Ive found it fascinating to be part of the discussion and am excited to see the project become reality.

Educators, government leaders, community groups, and others meet at the Museum. In fact, Elverhøj is becoming an art and cultural center for the area. I invite you to visit. Bring your club or organization, family and friends. See the latest art exhibition and learn about the community. Take a class or attend a lecture. Share a picnic in the garden and enjoy colorful spring flowers. Its a great time to drop in and see what’s new at the Museum! Something exciting is always going on.

Esther Jacobsen Bates


Starting in August 2012, students from two colleges in Copenhagen, Denmark will be arriving in Solvang and the Santa Ynez Valley to attend classes in partnership with area schools.

Contract signingFollowing almost a year of discussion, the Copenhagen Hospitality College signed a contract in March with Allan Hancock College. Pictured at right, all smiles at the contract signing, are Søren Dahl K. Kristiansen (left), president of CHC, and José M. Ortiz, Ed.D., Hancock’s superintendent/president.

Classes will be offered at Hancock’s Solvang Center beginning in September for 20 Danish students. They will also make use of the kitchen at Santa Ynez Valley Union High School when it would otherwise be idle in the afternoons and evenings.

The Danish students will receive instruction in culinary arts and the fine points of wine. Housing for the students, ages 18 to 22 years, has been arranged in Solvang.

The announcement came less than six months after the Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College struck a deal with the high school to expand the college’s high school program to the United States for the first time.

In both cases, the tuition paid by the international students is intended to cover all the local schools costs.

Niels Brock students in paradeA contingent of students from both Niels Brock and the Hospitality College were on hand for Danish Days last September. The Niels Brock students helped at Elverhøj and were part of  the Museums sweepstakes-winning parade entry (shown in photo).

Niels Brock will bring 30 of their top students for the first semester of the schools international business baccalaureate program. The program has been met with an enthusiastic response in Denmark, with more than 400 applications received.

“Solvang is an ideal place for the establishment of Danish educational programs,” said Niels Brock President Anya Eskildsen. “Obviously because Solvang has strong historical and cultural ties to Denmark, but also because Solvang offers safe and very attractive surroundings in a good climate.”

The program will be taught in English by SYVUHS teachers, and managed by a program director appointed by the district and another appointed by the college. The participating Danish students, ages 18 to 22 years, will live with families in the area.

Niels Brock agreementPictured at right are Paul Turnbull, Principal of Santa Ynez High School, and Anya Eskildsen, President of Niels Brock College, shaking hands after signing an agreement that will bring the Danish students to the high school in August.

Founded in 1881, Niels Brock is the largest business college in Denmark. Each year it educates and trains more than 35,000 students from ages 15 to 17 and has more than 1,000 professional staff members worldwide.

Copenhagen Hospitality College is Northern Europe’s largest vocational college within the hotel and restaurant field. The College has existed for more than 80 years and is situated in Valby in Copenhagen.

“We are very excited and honored to be introducing the foundation of culinary curriculum to our Nordic students in collaboration with Allan Hancock College and the Danish-American community of Solvang,” said Sren Dahl K. Kristiansen, Ph.D., president of the Hospitality College. He, Anya, and other Danish college officials have visited Solvang a number of times during the planning period which began with a meeting at Elverhøj in February 2011.


Solvang Centennial Time Capsule

Solvang wrapped up its year-long Centennial celebration by burying a time capsule. Shown preparing the 100+ items for placement are Solvang city councilperson and Elverhøj operations assistant Tara Wood, Solvang City Manager Brad Vidro, and Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj’s Executive Director. The time capsule is to be opened in 2061.


Sofie LillethorupSofie Lillethorup, a student at Copenhagen Business School studying Organizational Communication and Business Administration, recently completed a five week internship in Solvang. She split her time between Elverhøj and the Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau.

Born and raised on a farm on Jutland, Denmark, Sofie has lived in Copenhagen since 2008. Before she left Solvang, we asked Sofie to share with us a little bit about her Solvang experience:

“My life as an intern in Solvang has been educational. Learning about the cultural differences has been fun. Sometimes I think that the people of Solvang know more about being Danish than the Danes. I admire the citizens’ passion and empathy for the city; it makes Solvang even more attractive and charming.

“One of the things I like most is the Farmers’ Market. How wonderful it is to be able get fresh items year-round from local, dedicated farmers. I will miss that, the good weather, and the nice people.

“During my stay in Solvang I have met so many friendly, helpful and open-minded people. I am thrilled that I got the opportunity to work here, and I want to thank all the people who made my stay unforgettable. A special thanks to Esther who made it all possible. Working with the people at Elverhøj Museum and SCVB has been a true pleasure. I will certainly be back to visit Solvang again.”

The Future of Elverhøj Museum of History and Art

Erik GregersonElverhøj Museum of History and Art has come a long way since it’s opening in 1988. We will be celebrating our 25th year as a public museum next year and are proud to be effectively accomplishing our mission of preserving Solvang’s history and Danish culture, and promoting the arts.

Our dedicated and knowledgeable staff and volunteers have recorded family histories extensively researched and documented the development of this Danish colony in California. We welcome approximately 15,000 visitors per year and provide a major focal point for cultural tourism in the Santa Ynez Valley. Our exhibits enlighten visitors about the history of Solvang and the Danish immigrant experience, and celebrate artists in the area and abroad.

We offer classes in arts and crafts, Danish language and traditions, as well as living history events, lectures, concerts, and more. We provide interactive educational activities for students, families and groups.  Elverhøj, in fact, is often recognized as a cultural center for Solvang and the area.

Our Museum is undisputedly the most appropriate depository for information and artifacts related to the development of the community of Solvang. We feel obligated to preserve this history and heritage for future generations in the best possible way — and look to the community to help us in this endeavor.

Our Board of Directors has recently initiated a new program, Elverhøj Legacy Partners. It is a planned giving program that is designed to, over the years, increase our endowment and thus ensure the future of Elverhøj. We are proud to announce that to date we have already received over $150,000 in contributions and look forward to sharing program details with you. Your participation in this effort is essential to Elverhøj’s future financial health.

Elverhøj Museum of History and Art is a cherished and respected institution in our community and we all have a great interest in its well-being. Thanks to each of you for being part of our many successes and helping to ensure the future of this community treasure.


Viking PaulElverhøj Museum of History & Art invites visitors to learn more about Scandinavian ancestors of long ago. The new Vikings! display includes stone age Danish tools, replica pieces, and weapons. Informative text and photographs tell of the Vikings’ role in history and in popular culture. For younger explorers, there is a hands-on display table and handouts about the Viking runic “alphabet.”  

“Viking” is a term used by modern scholars to refer to the Nordic-speaking peoples from southern Scandinavia who raided, traded and settled in Europe and the British Isles roughly between A.D. 793-1066. In addition to being the fierce warriors of popular stereotype, Vikings were sailors, shipbuilders, farmers, master artists, craftsmen, shrewd businessmen, and fearless explorers. Their activities stimulated political changes in Europe and Russia; created lasting new societies in Iceland and Greenland; and led to the discovery of North America 500 years before Columbus.

Viking axeThe museum has had the opportunity to add new artifacts to the existing collection. These items include a Viking era sword, an ornamental replica axe, and jewelry.

Schedule a private tour for your group or class by phoning (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.

Saturday September 8

Wesley Anderegg StudioArtist Wesley Anderegg is opening his impressive private studio for a tour and demonstration on Saturday morning September 8, 10 am to noon.  

“This accomplished artist extraordinaire, noted for his imaginative and expressive ceramic sculptures, makes his art in a space just as interesting as the work he creates,” says Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj Executive Director.  

Anderegg’s artwork is featured in “The Escape Artist,” the summer gallery exhibition at Elverhøj.

His art studio occupies a large renovated barn on a sprawling ranch property west of Buellton that is part of the 15,500-acre land grant given to Corporal Francisco Cota in the mid-19th century. Outside the studio, grapevines bear fruit nearly ready for harvest and ceramic pieces line the walkway. Inside, visitors will discover a dizzying array of artwork in various stages of construction. From functional to whimsical, the pieces range from handbuilt quirky characters and Anderegg’s signature head spinners, to wheel thrown ceramic plates and cups and big headed ceramic people.

Anderegg will treat visitors to an art demonstration, a rare opportunity. The circuit through the studio showcases the scope of his multifaceted subject matter, often nuanced by various ceramic glazes and textures. The focus will be on the art making process, from concept to the final assembly.

Tour registration is required in advance as space is limited. The tour is free for Elverhøj members; non-members are $5. Directions to the studio will be provided upon registration. Phone the Museum at (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org for more information or tour registration.

September 15 & 16, 10 am to 4 pm

Join us as we celebrate Solvang’s history and cultural roots at our annual Living History Festival, Saturday and Sunday September 15 and 16, 10 am to 4 pm. Artisans, storytellers and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and entertain visitors throughout the weekend. The public is invited; admission is free.

“There will be hands-on activities for all ages and lots of variety,” said Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhøj Executive Director. “New this year are artisans demonstrating woodworking, blacksmithing, and Viking chain mail construction along with longtime visitor favorites such as bobbin lace making, Danish paper crafts, and fiber arts.”

Bobbin lace makers will create samples of their intricate work and offer guests an opportunity to try their hand at this centuries-old art. Skilled craftspeople will teach visitors about spinning and weaving. Exhibits come to life with demonstrations of fiber arts such as Viking knitting, card weaving, Renaissance lace making, and Nolbinding.

Visitors are invited to linger in the Museum garden where blacksmith Hans Duus will be pounding out metal pieces. Joining him on Saturday will be a stone carver and woodworker demonstrating their crafts.

Docents clad in colorful Danish folk costumes will be creating Danish Christmas crafts such as woven paper hearts and paper stars. Stop to see the display of fanciful paper Christmas ornaments designed by Rick James Marzullo. At 11 am Saturday morning he will be demonstrating papirklip, the Danish folk art of papercutting that has earned him international acclaim.

Storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, will perform as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen. Story time in the Museum garden is 1:00 pm on Saturday and 12:30 pm Sunday.

Rounding out the weekend of free activities are docent-led tours of the museum's historical, cultural, and art exhibits.

Elverhøj occupies a historic hand crafted structure, located two blocks south of the village center at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang. This lovely home, built by artist Viggo Brandt-Erichsen and his wife Martha Mott, was constructed using Old World craftsman techniques representative of the large farmhouses of 18th century Jutland in northern Denmark.

November 2 & 3

The popular Queen of Arts Show and Sale takes over the gallery and garden at Elverhøj on November 2nd and 3rd.  

A lively opening reception and sale kicks off this annual event from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday November 3. Guests can enjoy wine and appetizers while shopping for unique, handmade items. 

The show and sale continues on Saturday November 3rd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, with 36 artists and crafts people participating. There is no charge for admission on either day. 

From unique folk crafts to fine art, there is a great variety of imaginative arts and a wide range of prices. Glass work, tiles, collage, mixed media work, and paintings will be available. Jewelry artists use vintage and contemporary beads, resin, feathers, semi-precious stones, crystal and more in their beautiful creations. Pit-fired, hand-built, or thrown pottery work will be for sale, as well as original garden art handcrafted from steel, stone and wood.  Some of the garden art include live plants. 

Fiber artists offer striking fashion and home décor accessories. Incorporating hand-painted fabric, leather, hand spun fibers, and/or felted fabric, these pieces are a delight to the eye and touch. Choose from a wonderful selection of hand knit gifts in addition to handmade holiday ornaments and decorations to brighten your home. 

The “royal” artists for 2012, including five first-time participants, are: Emily Abello, Georganne Alex, Diane Arnold, Kristen Bates, Norah Bierer, Elaine Cain, Candace Cameron, Barbara Carr, Colleen Darling, Patricia Desmond, Debbie Donley, Lou Ela Donley, Shari Eynon, Chris Hansen, Marianne Hofmann, Sukey Hughes, Marcelino Jimenez, Carol Kemp, Cindy Knight, Angela Lang, Jill McCutcheon, Syd McCutcheon, Mike McNutt, Monika Miehle, Vicki Mitchell, Tina Olivera, Diana Paul, Petti Pfau, Cherie Peake, Mary Price, Sue Sattler, Cheryl Seekins, Deborah Simpson, Mary Stanley, and Cari Summer. 

This is the fourteenth annual Queen of Arts event and the seventh year it will be held at Elverhøj. It began as the inspiration of local artist Syd McCutcheon who for many years held the annual sale at her Ballard home. She continues as event coordinator and participating artist. 

For more information, phone the Museum at (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.

Free (rain cancels). Reservations required:
(805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org
RSVP by Wednesday November 14

Artists of all mediums are invited to bring their art materials and document olive picking at the historic Santa Inés Mission Mills complex on Saturday December 1, 9:00 to 3:00 pm. This is a special opportunity to learn about the history of the site, meet area artists, join the olive pickers for lunch, and document the beautiful environs surrounding the historic Santa Inés Mission Mills.

Pick and Paint artists on site

Mission Mills is part of the Mission Santa Inés National Historic Landmark District and includes olive groves, an historic grist mill, and a fulling mill. The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation (SBTHP) manages the 39 acre property on behalf of the California State Parks and is in the process of developing a public use plan. “Pick & Paint” is a collaboration between SBTHP and Elverhøj Museum of History and Art.  

Artists are invited to join the pickers for a free lunch to celebrate the harvest. The property will remain open to artists until 3:00 pm. There is no charge to participate or for lunch. Reservations can be made by phoning Elverhøj at 686-1211, or via email to info@elverhoj.org. Reservation deadline is Wednesday November 28. (Rain cancels.)

The Mission Mills property will be the subject of a juried art exhibition at Elverhøj in fall of 2013. An open call for entries and exhibition specifics will follow in spring of 2013. Interested artists can mail info@elverhoj.org to be put on the list to receive a prospectus and entry form.


'Dancing' around the treeElverhøj Museum of History and Art invites the community to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Members and Friends Christmas Party on Sunday December 2, 5:30 to 8:00 pm.

The museum glows during the holidays, with a 12 foot tree decorated with handmade Danish Christmas ornaments as the focal point. Live music and the Danish Christmas tradition of ‘dancing’ around the tree are Christmas party highlights.

The event includes an abundance of Danish specialty foods such as open-face sandwiches, homemade Christmas cookies, chocolates, and Christmas cheer.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will stop by with treats for the kids. 

Admission to the Christmas party is $5 for members, $10 for non-members. There is no charge for children eight and under.

Elverhøj Museum, located at 1624 Elverhoy Way in Solvang, celebrates the history of Solvang, its Danish heritage, and promotes the arts. For more information or to become a member, phone the museum at (805) 686-1211.

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