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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; group discounts available; 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.

Last Family Campfire of the Year!

Do you relish the taste of S’mores roasted over an open fire? Or how about watching the sun go down as you hear stories about the animals that once lived here? If you do, don’t miss DANA’s family campfire on Friday, August 17th. Featuring Native American animal stories and an opportunity to toast marshmallows over an open fire.

Make sure to bring your teddy bear along! Because this Friday, the featured animal is the bear. After the animal stories, everyone present can make S’mores and then enjoy a night hike down to the creek and back. Participants will meet at the DANA Visitor Center at 6:30 PM. Hot dogs, chips, and drinks will be available for purchase for $3.50.

Please wear proper clothing for outdoor activities, bring a chair, and a flashlight. The campfire is free for DANA members or $5 for non-members. For more information, call the DANA office at (805) 929-5679.

Summer Talk

This Sunday, Pierre Rademaker will present a fascinating commentary on the visual and architectural changes which have taken place in the city of San Luis Obispo, interspersing his discussion with a series of old and modern photographs to show how the city was built out over time and the forces that shaped that change.

The talk will start at 2 PM at the DANA Adobe Cultural Center in Nipomo. Admission is free to DANA members, and $5 otherwise.