The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host “Baseball at Peña Adobe Park” in Vacaville, on Saturday, Aug. 3 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at the historic park located at 4699 Pena Adobe Rd. in Vacaville, just off Interstate-80 left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance.
Peña Adobe is one of the oldest structures in Solano County. Dating back to 1842, the Adobe was once the home of the Juan Felipe Peña family, who with the Vaca family settled in Vacaville over 175 years ago. Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum, and see local artifacts that include Peña family children’s toys and a woolly mammoth bone.
Peña Adobe will welcome members of Central Valley Vintage Base Ball as this month’s guests. Central Valley’s Director Matt “Brandywine” Stone describes Vintage Base Ball as a pastime which is part recreation and part re-creation, preserving, promoting and celebrating the history of baseball by playing America’s pastime with its 19th century rules and customs.
Teams competing today wear period reproduction uniforms, use period authentic equipment and follow baseball rules that occurred in America over 160 years ago in order to accurately present the history of baseball.
Local baseball fans are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to eat under towering oak trees while listening to the Vacaville Acoustic Jam under the direction of Terry and Leslie Cloper. The Acoustic Jam sing and play a variety of instruments, including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. They meet the first and third Wednesday of the month at the McBride Senior Center, at 91 Town Square in downtown Vacaville. Park docents will offer tours of the Adobe, Museum and grounds. This event is free.
Volunteers from the Peña Adobe Historical Society open the Adobe and the Museum for visitors from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month, February through December. For questions e-mail email@example.com.