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Archaeology Learning Station

This Sunday, October 14, DANA will be having an archaeological excavation on the rancho grounds starting at 1:30 PM. Dig, sift, brush, observe and record the artifacts that you discover during the archeological dig. This excavation is great for all ages, whether you’re a beginner or a trained archeologist, you’re guaranteed to have a fun learning experience!

2018 Taste of Nipomo

 Come and sample the delicious food, wine, and beer of the Nipomo region during this year’s Taste of Nipomo event at the newly-opened DANA Visitor Center! Featuring live music by Akusae, a silent auction, raffle, and a cozy bonfire with port and cigars and s’mores, this event is one you don’t want to miss!

All funds made will go towards developing the exhibits and educational programs at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center. Tickets are $35 per person and $60 per couple. Space is limited; advance reservations strongly suggested.

You can also reserve tickets in person at the DANA Visitor Center or by calling (805) 929-5679.

Death Walks the Rancho: 2018 Ghost Tours

This October, the DANA Adobe Cultural Center will host three evenings of ghost tours featuring chilling reenactments of tragic, terrifying, and TRUE events that took place on Rancho Nipomo during the 19th century. These popular fall tours have been offered for the past two years and remain a favorite with DANA’s volunteers and staff as well as visitors.

For our 2018 season, the tours will be led by Death itself—in the guise of the Mexican trickster from 1960s Academy-Award nominated film Macario, based on a short story by B. Traven. Costumed interpreters stationed throughout the property will relate the stories of their own, often grisly, ends. Visitors are invited to come early and gather around a campfire outside our new Visitor Center (opened May 2018) and listen to reports of ghostly sightings from staff and visitors. Some of the stories may be difficult for young listeners; this event is recommended for ages 7 and up. Refreshments and souvenirs will be available for purchase.

Event Details

Dates: Saturday and Sundays, October 20, 21, and 28

Time: 6:30 to 9:30; 40-minute tours leave every 15 minutes from 6:45 to 8:45 pm

Location: DANA Adobe Cultural Center, 671 S. Oak Glen Avenue, Nipomo, CA, 93444

Price: $15 per ticket, $10 for DANA Members; reservations strongly suggested.

Rubes at the Rancho: Exhibition Opening Reception

Syndicated cartoonist Leigh Rubin’s work will be displayed in the DANA Visitor Center until November 11. Drawn from his 2016 anthology The Big Book of Moo, the cartoons exemplify the best of lighthearted bovine humor.

The exhibition opening reception will take place from 12 to 2 PM on Sunday, September 16 at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center. Dairy products will be served during the reception. Admission is free for DANA members, $5.00 otherwise.

Sunday Speaker Series: Isaac Sparks

Join us at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center for the next entry of our monthly Sunday Speaker Series!

Did you know that Sparks Street in Nipomo is named after Isaac J. Sparks? Sparks was known as an otter hunter, merchant, and friend and business associate of Captain William G. Dana.

In 1843, Sparks received Rancho Huasna, a 22,153-acre land grant in present-day San Luis Obispo County. His life and rancho will be the focus of the upcoming presentation by Wanda Porter.

The presentation will take place on Sunday, September 16th at 2:00 PM. Admission is free for DANA members, $5.00 otherwise. For more information, call the office at 805-929-5679.