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Next Elverhoj Museum Festival Celebrates Danish Stories and Fiction

By CALEB WISEBLOOD

Guests at an upcoming Authors’ Showcase at Solvang will be able to meet a Danish writer who has been dead for over 100 years.

BREATH FROM THE PAST
Randel McGee will play the role of Hans Christian Andersen in two storytelling sessions at the Elverhoj Museum during the Living History Festival. McGee will also lead a workshop on the “papirklip” (or Danish paper cut).
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART

Special guest for the afterlife event is none other than Hans Christian Andersen, played by Randel McGee, who is set to appear a handful of times during the Living History Festival, an annual celebration of Solvang’s cultural and historical roots. held at the Elverhoj. History and Art Museum.

Stay alive
Call (805) 686-1211 or visit elverhoj.org for more information about the Living History Festival, which will be held at the Elverhoj Museum of History and Art on Saturday, September 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is located at 1624 Elverhoy Way, Solvang.

McGee has attended the annual festival for more than a decade, not including the Elverhoj Museum’s two-year hiatus from hosting the program due to the pandemic. This year’s two-day event, scheduled for September 17-18, marks a triumphant return for the festival, which is being held in conjunction with the city-wide Danish Days festivities of Solvang.

“We look forward to the smiles on the faces of guests and volunteers,” said Esther Jacobsen Bates, Executive Director of the Elverhoj Museum. “We have families who come back every year that we look forward to welcoming back.”

The museum will host a wide range of activities as part of the family festival, including McGee’s outdoor storytelling performances, which are due to take place in the museum garden at 1 p.m. each day of the event. McGee will also be hosting a unique papermaking workshop on September 18 at 4 p.m.


A STAR IS BORN
Several papermaking workshops and demonstrations will be offered throughout the two-day living history festival at the Elverhoj Museum. Here, museum volunteer Inge Jacobsen makes a paper star at a past event.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART

In her top hat ornament role as Andersen, McGee will narrate various stories penned by the Danish icon, whose notable works include “The Little Mermaid”, “Frozen” and “Thumbelina”.

“The selection varies from year to year,” Bates said, referring to the countless fairy tales in McGee’s arsenal, ready to be told to his audience.

A fan of Andersen’s stories, Bates struggles to rank his personal favorites.


GRAB LIFE BY THE HORNS
Viking helmets and other fun photo booth props will be available at this year’s Living History Festival for Elverhoj Museum guests to try on and take group selfies.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART

“He wrote about 160 fairy tales, which makes it hard to pick a favorite,” Bates said. “Stories close to my heart include ‘The Princess and the Pea’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

Speaking of clothing, McGee won’t be the only costumed figure on hand during Living History Days, as teachers and museum volunteers will be dressed in colorful folk costumes as they lead visitors through various craft workshops. and other celebratory activities.

Museum guests will also have the opportunity to dress up for the occasion, as Viking helmets and other photo booth props will be available for visitors to try on and take selfies.


A PLACE FOR LACE
Elverhoj Museum volunteer Clara Ehrsam (left) shares tips on making bobbin lace with two workshop guests during the museum’s 2019 Living History Festival.
PHOTO COURTESY OF ELVERHOJ MUSEUM OF HISTORY AND ART

Bates said the event will include offerings that appeal to all ages, and guests will also have access to the museum’s ongoing art exhibits. Several artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their craft skills and help guide the festival’s interactive workshops, designed for small and large artisans, regardless of their artistic background.

“The projects will be suitable for children aged 9 to 109,” Bates said.

Bobbin lace making, basket weaving and paper crafts will be among the demonstrations and workshops offered during the festival. Participants in the latter will create their own paper ornaments with unique designs.

“Paper crafting is a Danish Christmas tradition that starts at a young age,” Bates said. The festival workshop featuring ‘papirklip’, a Danish paper cut, will yield results she described as ‘paper snowflakes on steroids’.

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