Celebrate Jack London and Literary History in Sonoma

What's New — By Melanie Haiken on July 23, 2010 at 5:31 am

Experience living history amongst the stone ruins at Jack London State Park

The Valley of the Moon Natural History Association is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Jack London State Historic Park this weekend with a rare chance to get behind-the-scenes in the restored Old Winery Ruins of Jack London’s historic house, Beauty Ranch.

On Friday the 24th, listen to live music under the stars and eat a gourmet dinner in the company of other history and literature buffs at the Moonlight Adventure at Jack’s Gala. Dinner will be served in the cottage’s stone dining room, where visitors are rarely allowed. Guests also get a chance to see rarely displayed artifacts in the old winery ruins. A silent auction benefits the park.Tickets are $100 and the full proceeds benefit the park, which needs the funds for restoration and preservation.Reservations are required; call (707) 938-4827 to reserve tickets.

On Sunday the 27th, a  family-friendly daytime event also benefits the park. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a barbeque, children’s games, and organic farming exhibits, as well as special tours of the ranch, London’s cottage, and the Wolf House Ruins. Local artisan food by Olive and Vine, Epicurean Connection, Yeti, Grindstone Bakery, Olive Press, and Wild Thyme will accompany wines from Benziger, Kenwood, Buena Vista, Moon Mountain, and other local wineries.

All proceeds benefit the continued restoration efforts at the park.

Tags: history, Jack London, Jack London State Park, Sonoma, Sonoma Valley


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