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Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar at the Peña Adobe

Lots of holiday activities, shopping

Post Date:11/07/2017

Join the Pena Adobe Historical Society from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.on Saturday, December 2, and look for Christmas gifts! Tour the historic Peña Adobe, and the Mowers-Goheen Museum. The Peña Adobe, California Historical Landmark #534, was home of the Peña family, who with the Vaca family, settled in Vacaville over one hundred seventy five years ago.

Books by local authors available at the bazaar will include: Fern Henry’s “My Checkered Life”, Francie Vicondoa’s “Spanish Doors, Dishes & Dreams”, 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 also be available.

Armijo Theater Students performing at Pena AdobeThis year’s program includes 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.

Joining in the festivities will be Dotty Schenk. Dotty graduated from State University of New York with a degree in Commercial and Graphic Art. She is an organist and harpist and 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 when the Rockville Cemetery District’s general manager offered the century-old organ to the museum.

There is no charge for admission into the historical park. Docents will be on hand to lead tours of the Adobe, the Museum and the grounds. For questions in advance, call (707) 447-0518. The park is located at Peña Adobe Road in Vacaville’s rural southwest section just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. If you have an interest in local history, e-mail us at and come join us at this gateway to Vacaville!

Dotty Schenk at Pena Adobe