Solvang, California -The darling of the Central Coast-the pretty city where bright red & gold banners blow in the wind, windmills spin, and blue sky-mountains flank the city, celebrates its centennial in 2011.
Solvang was formed when three Danish-Americans had a vision to settle in a place in California where land was fertile and their heritage could prosper. In 1911, Solvang (sunny field in Danish), a 9000+ acre enclave in Santa Ynez Valley just 125 miles north of Los Angeles became a reality, though some still think of it as a dream. The Danish Capital of America is recognized as a "Preserve America"city and proudly will showcase its cuisine and culture in events throughout 2011.
Solvang Centennial Fest is the inaugural kick-off. It is hosted at Hotel Corque, 400 Alisal Road, Solvang and starts at 6 p.m. A complimentary wine reception offered by Lucas& Lewellen Vineyards, Rideau Vineyard and Wandering Dog Wine Bar features live entertainment provided by Danish and Samala dancers.
At 7 p.m. guests can join an escorted walk to nearby Old Mission Santa Ines to experience the annual tree-burning ceremony hosted by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department or enjoy no-host social time at the hotel. At 7:45pm, guests who purchase tickets will be seated for blessings, dinner and program followed by dessert from Olsen's Danish Village Bakery and traditional akvavit toasting and singing (commemorative akvavit glass included). Reservations are requested and tickets are available, $50/person. Call: Linda Johansen at 805-686-1644 or Mary Harris at 805-245-5128.