One event on July 18, 2017 at 7:00pm
What better way to celebrate summer than with a campfire! The Dana Adobe will hold its first bonfire of the season on Friday, June 23rd. Listen to animal stories and enjoy S’mores along with beautiful Nipomo summer nights. This free family friendly event will start at 7:00 pm at the Dana Adobe at 671 S. Oakglen in Nipomo.
Campfires at the Dana Adobe were a frequent sight welcoming visitors from afar passing through Rancho Nipomo. Annually, Dana has hosted a campfire to continue with the tradition of welcoming travelers and visitors to the Dana Adobe Rancho. Colleen Beck, a long time docent and volunteer will share stories of wild animals on the Dana Adobe Rancho while children will have an opportunity to make s’mores around the bonfire.
The next campfire will be held at the Dana Adobe on July 18, from 7:00 – 9:00.
The Blond Ranchero, Juan Francisco Dana, as a young boy who lived in the Dana Adobe as a child in the 1850’s recalls the thousands of travelers passing through the Dana Family Rancho in Nipomo and how they would camp close to the house along the edge of the creek. The passage from the book the Blond Ranchero reads as follows:
“During the Gold Rush Days, it seemed like thousands of Sonorans passed over our lands on their way to the northern gold diggings. The gold fever had “got them” like it had everyone else. We never got tired of watching these roving bands for they used every type of transportation from burro to horse and their own feet.
They often stopped at our casa (at the Dana Adobe) to buy milk to mix with their parched corn which they carried in little sacks and which was their principal food on their long trek up from Mexico. Often these Sonorans would camp on the edge of the creek below our casa and at night they would gather around a campfire and we would listen from our open windows to the beautiful little canciones (songs) they would sing of their homeland. Many of them had pleasant liquid voices and many also played the guitar very well.”
The Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos is a nonprofit 501c(3) charitable organization. The mission of the organization includes the stewardship and restoration of the Dana Adobe, a California State Historic Landmark, as a means of telling the story of California’s Rancho Period. The site is also a Save America’s Treasure Site and is on the National Register of Historic Places. DANA is working towards the creation of an historical park with the Dana Adobe as its centerpiece.