Danish Days in Solvang
By Robert Bernstein
Last weekend was Danish Days in Solvang.
Here are my photos and videos in multiple galleries!
We arrived just in time for Ryan Kane to start his magic performances. Plenty of audience participation, especially with children. It was all done up close and personal!
Here he prepared to do a trick where he moved a ring from a string to a solid plastic bar. All while audience volunteers held the string and the bar!
This video shows him moving the ring from the string to the rod. Magic!
Next came a card trick
As the audience watched diligently. Children can be the hardest to fool!
He did rope magic where this young lady used her magic fingers as scissors
For the grand finale, I gave Ryan Kane a $20 bill with my name written across it. I wrote "Robert" but he wanted a full name. I was "Robert Smith" for the occasion.
The bill was set aside as he did another trick, putting a half dollar into a narrow mouth bottle
But then the bill was remembered and he did an astonishing trick to make it disappear... and reappear in another place! My wife did the honors of retrieving the bill as I recorded the magic!
We then visited the Viking Camp where several Vikings posed with us!
This was a Viking version of the modern tank trap. It blocked invading vehicles yet was portable.
This Viking displayed a board game similar to chess
She had one, too, plus some serious swords
And other Vikings were happy to pose
Then there was the arcade of Old World Artisans displaying their crafts
And Danish Maid 2018 posed for me, too!
The Aebleskiver Breakfast was a big event with the Aebleskivers prepared right there on the street
And children played, too!
We made a few blocks walk to check out the Elverhøj Museum
Volunteers were dressed in traditional garb
There were artifacts of Solvang's past. Including this vintage bank alarm system
Most interesting was this explanation of Viking history. Did you know that Vikings never wore helmets with horns?
This model of Atterdag College, which was a key part of early Solvang, founded in 1911
More art and crafts of early Solvang
Much of the Museum is devoted to more recent art
By coincidence, the Solvang Festival Theater had a small music festival going on. Their attendees were unaware of Danish Days!
We took a break for lunch at the Hummingbird Restaurant. Not exactly Danish. Actually, it is Caribbean cuisine!
They operate on a kind of leisurely Caribbean pace, but the food was good!
Here was our Caribbean Bowl of seafood
But the main highlight of the day was the Children's Parade. Not exactly like our Fiesta Children's Parade, but it was scaled to Solvang size!
Here the band performed before the parade
The three most recent Danish Maids posed for me. Two are sisters and one is a cousin!
She seemed to be an organizer who wanted to photograph the event
And then the Children's Parade was off and running!
As the crowd happily watched
Here are some videos of the Children's Parade
After the Children's Parade there was Danish Folk Dancing in the street
Then a closing ceremony with awards
But the fun continued! Here Clau Orona did face painting in the park!
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Oct 01, 2018 10:56 AM
Yes, Solvang is a great town with enjoyable events. Solvang brings back memories of my childhood in Denmark.
Sep 24, 2018 04:03 PM
Sep 24, 2018 02:06 PM
When I go to Solvang, I always order wayyyy to many bakery treats. More often than not, I am unable to Finnish my Danish.
Sep 23, 2018 07:16 PM
Such a great town and some really good restaurants (Mad & Vin, Succulent Cafe, First & Oak) and some excellent wineries ( Lincourt, Lucas & Llewellen and Buttonwood)... Not to mention the Danish pasteries at Mortensen's!