Generous benefactors of Elverhoj Museum of History & Art, which is now celebrating it’s 30th years, came together at Jonata Vineyards to honor the Danes who settled in Solvang over a century aA go and the locals who have supported Elverhoj Museum of History and Art to present an outstanding 6th Annual Solstice Sundowner ‘Sunset to Firelight’ Party featuring a Savoir Faire catered dinner served on the exquisite lake property belonging to Jonata Vineyards.

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The lovely crowd in attendance, many of whom were local area Rotarian’s, enjoyed a reception where Evan’s Ranch 2015 Las Brisas Chardonnay, Fess Parker 2015 Marcella’s Rhone White Blend, and Andrew Murray 2016 Tous Les Jours Syrah were flowing, along with Scrub coolers and Figueroa Mountain Brew Co. Paradise Road Pilsner, paired with fine cheese, bread and dried fruits. The silent auction featured wine gifts provided by wineries including Beckman Vineyards, Gorham Vineyards, Foxen Vineyard & Winery, Falcone Family Vineyards, Zaca Mesa Winery, Stolpman Vineyards and more.
The delicious dinner buffet and live auction were followed by coffee and dessert. The grand finale was the lighting of the Sankt Hans Aften Bonfire (a traditional celebration in Denmark during the month of June honoring Saint John the Baptist) by fire tenders Rodney Nielsen and Bruce Pedersen. Live music was provided throughout the evening by Solstice Entertainment.

Solstice Sundowner Board of Directors

The live auction items were outstanding and included a picnic with winemaker Rusack Vineyards for 6, Hot Air Balloon Ride & Champagne Breakfast, Alisal Horseback/Hay Wagon Breakfast Ride for 4, Private cooking lesson & dinner with Chef Budi Kazali, holiday in Malaga Spain, Tom’s Airlift Helicopter Ride & wine tasting, Qupe box seats & wine at Dodger Stadium, Week at an Italian Villa, and so many more amazing items to raise funds.
Solstice Sundowner sponsors for the event included Jonata, The Copenhagen House, Montecito Bank & Trust, C&D, AB Bernstein, El Rancho Marketplace & The Alisal.

View of Sundowner Party from the Jonata Lake

The kindness and generosity of these local people to raise funds for Elverhoj Museum was awe inspiring, and auctioneer Allan Jones did a fantastic job getting the crowd bidding. Erik Gregersen, Board Member and Event Co-Chair gave a charming introduction and Esther Jacobsen Bates, Executive Director and her Elverhoj staff, as well as the countless volunteers, were so hospitable and did an amazing job.
Cheers, to a truly magical evening and I am so grateful to have been there. Mange Tak to these charming and dedicated Solvang people, and congratulations on a superb event in support of Elverhoj Museum of History & Art. Elverhoj Museum has played a major role in preserving the customs and culture that the Danes brought to this area in 1911. To visit the Elverhoj Museum or make a donation visit:
by Bonnie Carroll