“Western Day” at the Peña Adobe Park

The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host “Western Day” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday, July 6.
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The Peña Adobe Historical Society will host “Western Day” at the Peña Adobe Park in Vacaville, on Saturday, July 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The park is located at 4699 Pena Adobe Rd. in Vacaville’s rural southwest section just off of Interstate 80 to the left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. Come see the historic Peña Adobe, 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 one hundred seventy-five years ago. Stop in the adjacent Mowers-Goheen Museum, and see local artifacts that include Peña family children’s toys, ladies dresses from the turn of the century and a woolly mammoth bone. This will be the fifth year for the Congressional Gunfighters of America to come out for Western Day at Peña Adobe. The professional re-enactment group is dedicated to preserving Old Western history, specializing in live entertainment and some club members have appeared in film and television. They utilize period correct costuming and weaponry. Last year’s Western Day event was attended by over 225 visitors who viewed two gunfight demonstrations and question and answer sessions about firearm safety.   Joining the day’s events will also be Rush Ranch’s blacksmith Virgil Sellers. Learn the important role blacksmiths and horses played when the Peña and Vaca families were raising cattle in the mid 1800’s on their ranch on what was to become the city of Vacaville.   Also on hand will be the Vacaville Acoustic Jammers under the direction of Terry and Leslie Cloper. The Jammers sing and play a variety of instruments including the guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle and harmonica. Park docents will offer tours of the Adobe, Museum and grounds and a hot dog lunch will be available for a donation. 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. E-mail penaadobe@gmail.com for more information.]]>

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