Join us on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for an old fashioned Victorian Christmas! Tour the historic Peña Adobe, and the Mowers-Goheen Museum. The Peña Adobe, California Historical Landmark #534, is one of the oldest buildings in Solano County and was home of the Peña family, who with the Vaca family, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy-five years ago.
Christmas gifts from the Museum gift shop available will include books by local authors: Fern Henry’s “My Checkered Life”, Brian Irwin’s “Vacaville Then & Now” and Jerry Bowen’s “Images of America – Vacaville”. In addition to Solano County history books, antique soap dishes, candle holders, and baked goods will be available.
Returning this year to join the Holiday festivities will be Sheena Beeson’s drama students from Armijo Theater Productions reading excerpts of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. The Peña and Vaca families arrived in Vacaville and built their adobes in 1842, one year before Dickens published his popular holiday tale.
Under the direction of David Rodgers Jr., Starbound Theatre, an award winning youth theatre program, provides quality theater training for students ages 5-22. Rodgers will bring students from Starbound to sing Christmas Carols and share information about their programs.
Dotty Schenk will also be returning this year. Dotty graduated from State University of New York with a degree in Commercial and Graphic Art. She is an organist and harpist
& will play holiday selections on the oak reed organ that played hymns in the stone chapel in Rockville Cemetery in the 1860s. Built by the Estey Organ Co. of Brattleboro,
Vt., the organ has been in the Peña Adobe since 2008.
This event is free! Docents will be on hand to lead tours of the Adobe, the Museum and the grounds. For questions call (707) 447-0518. The park is located at Peña Adobe Road off Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. If you have an interest in local history, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and come join us at this gateway to Vacaville!