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November 18, 2017 - January 28, 2018
ART EXHIBITION: EYVIND EARLE | WINTER
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Sunday, December 3
ELVERHØY MUSEUM CHRISTMAS PARTY
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Christmas Party 2017Elverhøj Museum of History and Art invites members and friends to celebrate the holiday season at the annual Members and Friends Christmas Party on Sunday December 3, 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 will once again be Christmas party highlights.

The event includes an abundance of Danish specialty foods such as open-face sandwiches, homemade Christmas cookies, chocolates, and Christmas cheer. Guests will enjoy the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and the Mystique Girls’ Choir. And of course, Santa Claus (and maybe even a Nisser or two) will stop by with treats for the kids.

5:30 to 7:00: Santa Claus and Nisse friend
6:30: Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale Holiday concert preview
7:15: Mystique Girls’ Choir

Serving as a backdrop for the Party will be the Eyvind Earle Exhibit “Winter.” Guests will enjoy many of the classic serigraphs and illustrations used in his popular line of Christmas and Holiday cards.

Admission to the Christmas Party is $10. There is no charge for children ten and under.

 

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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