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2011 Solvang Centennial Monthly Themes Announced

Related Document: -SolvangCentennialThemes.pdf


Solvang, California, USA--Solvang Centennial Committee volunteers are organizing and promoting the 100-year anniversary in 2011 of the founding of the "Danish Capital of America” to area residents and cultural visitors worldwide--and have selected the following themes and featured events for each month of the year-long celebration.
January 2011        History: 1911-2011 (Centennial Kick-off Gala 1/7/11)
February 2011       Education (Farstrup-Mortensen Lectures on 2/27-28/11)
March 2011           Culinary (Taste of Solvang on 3/18-20/11)
April 2011              Cultural Arts (HC Andersen Birthday on 4/2/11)
May 2011              Hospitality (Rancheros Visitadores Ceremony on 5/7/11)
June 2011              Sports & Recreation (National Trails Day on 6/4/11)
July 2011                 Rebild National Park Society (Fourth of July Festival)
August 2011           Cultural Diversity (Old Mission Santa Ines Fiesta on 8/14/11)
September 2011       Living History (75th Annual Danish Days on 9/16-18/11)
October 2011           Harvest & Agricultural Heritage (Vintners’ Festival TBA)
November 2011    Homecoming/Thanksgiving (11/24/11)
December 2011    Julefest Traditions (Tree Lighting, Parade, Music)

BACKGROUND: Solvang Centennial Committee Members
Formed in 2008, volunteer committee members include: Ed Skytt, Solvang City Council Member & Committee Chair; Esther Jacobsen Bates, Elverhoj Museum of History & Art; Curt Cragg, Santa Ynez Valley Historical Society Museum; Tracy Farhad, Solvang Conference & Visitors Bureau; Dr. Kenneth Harwood; Linda Jackson, Marie Jaeger, Danish Sisterhood;  Solvang Chamber of Commerce; Linda Johansen, King Frederik Inn; Lisa Grosshart Lonell, Solvang School; Kathy Mullins, Hans Christian Andersen Museum; Erik Pedersen, Rebild Society /Danish Brotherhood; David Rasmussen; Rev. Jarmo Tarkki, Bethania Lutheran Church and Brad Vidro, Solvang City Manager.  

Solvang Centennial Committee Mission Statement:

The Solvang Centennial Committee has been organized to honor and promote the 100 years of Solvang’s existence as a community that blends Danish culture and heritage into a quality of life and visitor experience through a yearlong series of events for the enrichment of past and current residents and visitors.