Western Days returning to Peña Adobe on Aug. 7

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By Cricket Kanouff Special to the Express The Peña Adobe Historical Society is reopening to the public with plans to hold Western Days, the first of its monthly open houses since the pandemic on Saturday, Aug. 7. The Aug. 7 open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature performances by the Congressional Gunfighters of America, a professional acting stunt troupe. The re-enactment group is dedicated to preserving old Western history, specializing in live entertainment. They use period costuming and weaponry. Prior to the pandemic, they performed at historical “old town” events, train robberies, rodeos, state fairs, and specialty events. Some club members have appeared in films and TV shows. In addition to the gunfighters, music will be provided by the Vacaville Acoustic Jammers, directed by Terry and Leslie Cloper, the Jammers sing and play a variety of instruments, including guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and harmonica. Rush Ranch’s blacksmith Virgil Sellers will also be joining the day’s family-oriented activities. Virgil’s team will be demonstrating the role blacksmiths played when the Peña and Vaca pioneering families raised cattle in the mid-1800s on their ranch on what was to become the city of Vacaville. The Peña Adobe is the oldest fully restored structure built in Solano County. The adobe was built in 1842 by Juan Felipe Peña after he and Juan Manuel Vaca arrived in Vaca Valley from the New Mexico region. Tours of the Adobe conducted by fifth generation Peña family descendants Cecelia Peña and Darlene Stewart will be available throughout the day. The park is also home to the Mowers-Goheen Museum, with its artifacts from the area’s settlement, as well as the Willis Linn Jepson Memorial Garden and the Indian Council Ground. The Peña Adobe Regional Park is located in the picturesque Lagoon Valley off of Interstate 80, left of the Lagoon Valley Park entrance. Peña Adobe Historical Society can be reached at 707-447-0518 or by email at penaadobe@gmail.com.

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