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LIVING HISTORY FESTIVAL
Saturday September 16 - 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday September 17 - 10 am to 4 pm

Bobbin lace makingCelebrate Solvang’s history and cultural roots at the Elverhøj Living History Festival, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17. Artisans, storytellers and craftspeople will demonstrate their skills and entertain visitors during this free event held annual in conjunction with Solvang’s Danish Days.

Exhibits come to life during the Festival as skilled craftspeople teach visitors about centuries-old arts and crafts traditions of Denmark. Bobbin lace makers manipulate threads to create intricate work and offer guests an opportunity to try their hand at this craft from the past. Textile artists spin wool, stitch Hardanger embroidery and demonstrate Viking knitting. Visitors of all ages are invited to make Danish Christmas paper crafts to take home.

Come and relax in the Museum garden where storyteller Randall McGee, always a Festival favorite, will perform both days as world famous author Hans Christian Andersen.

 

CLASSES/WORKSHOPS

Seyburn Zorthian

SATURDAY OCTOBER 7, 2 to 5 pm: Workshop: Beginning Drawing
Drawing From the Heart with exhibiting artist Seyburn Zorthian
Workshop held in Zorthian’s studio at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard in Solvang
$10/member, $15 non-member
Limited to 8, pre-registration required
(805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org

Dug Uyesaka

SATURDAY OCTOBER 21, 3 to 5 pm: Workshop: Building Collage for Beginners
Ripped and Torn with exhibiting artist/teacher Dug Uyesaka
$10/member, $15 non-member
Limited to 10, pre-registration required
(805) 686-1211 or info@elverhoj.org

 

“SPIRIT OF SOLVANG” BOOK CELEBRATES SOLVANG’S CENTENNIAL

Spirit of SolvangThe 56-page book Spirit of Solvang is replete with engaging black and white images of this Danish colony in California. The carefully restored images document Solvang’s story from its founding to its transition to a Danish-themed downtown. Informative text gives readers an overall view of Solvang’s development, as well as fascinating tidbits of local history. The book pays tribute to the rich cultural history and heritage of the town’s Danish pioneers.

Elverhøj is very grateful to Paul Roark, who expertly and lovingly restored the photographs; to Joan Mitchell, who wrote and edited text; to Ann Dittmer, who tirelessly did research and checked facts; and to the Wood-Claeyssens Foundation and Nancy Brandt-Erichsen for granting funds for printing and design expenses. Thanks are also due to Museum volunteers, especially the History Committee and Photo ID Committee (a.k.a. the “White Glove Gang”). Over the years they have expanded the Museum collection by organizing, identifying, and conserving numerous images.

The book is available for purchase in the Museum Store for $17.50. Special orders are welcomed. Please phone (805) 686-1211 or email info@elverhoj.org.

 

DVD CHRONICLES SOLVANG HISTORY

Danes are curious people. When they immigrated to America they often kept in touch with each other. When a group of Danes found a good place to farm and live they told others to come join them. Such a place is Solvang, California. . . .

Solvang DVDSo begins a DVD screening in Elverhøj’s Solvang Room and available in the Museum Store for $15. Entitled Solvang, Danish Colony in California, it tells the fascinating history of a little town that grew into an internationally-known tourist destination.
 
Personal interviews bring to life the pioneering Danish families that made Solvang flourish. These early settlers had a great capacity for work, but also for enjoyment. When times were tough they persevered and helped one another. They came to love their new home, but always treasured their Danish background. Priceless old photographs and more contemporary images supplement their rich oral history.
 
June Christensen, Elverhøj board member, was the executive producer and researcher on this project. People interviewed include: Elise Lindegaard Bates, Thor Brandt-Erichsen, Harlan Burchardi, Elisa Larsen Duus, Erik Gregersen, Leona Ibsen, Regina Iversen, Ivo Nedegaard Jacobsen, Marie Tarnow Jaeger, Florence (Flossie) Jensen, Eiler Johansen, Anker Johnson, Monica Fauerso Kramer, Elna Larsen, Daryl Nielsen, Donald Nielsen, Kathryn Iversen Nielsen, Roger Nielsen, Edna Paaske, Abeline Jensen Petersen, Robert Petersen, William Petersen, Else Jensen Statom, Marian Johnson Walker, Gerda Svendsen Willis, Lucille Wulff, and Viggo Richard Wulff.
 
An informative narration by videographer Bent Myggen sets these interviews in context. Myggen also did camera work, editing and production. Funding for the DVD project came from the Santa Barbara Foundation, The Valley Foundation, and private donors.
 
To order the Solvang, Danish Colony in California DVD for $15, email info@elverhoj.org or call the Museum at 805-686-1211. This will be a keepsake to treasure and an imaginative gift for family and friends.

 

Weddings at ElverhojWEDDINGS AT ELVERHØJ

The historic building and carefully manicured cottage gardens provide a beautiful backdrop for intimate weddings.  The garden with its abundant year-round blooms and corner gazebo creates a lovely setting for any wedding party. The bell in its stately tower can chime, marking the presentation of the newly married couple.

The garden area comfortably accommodates up to 150 guests. Call (805) 686-1211 for information about availability and the reasonable rates. 

   

 
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