Monday, July 20, 2009
Brother John Bogdanoff is very active in community activities. Here he plays in an historic re-enactment, as Captain Dana.
A re-enactment of the 1850 marriage of Maria Josefa Dana to Henry Tefft highlighted the 10th annual Heritage Day held Sunday at the Dana Adobe in Nipomo.
Dozens of actors in period costumes re-created the wedding of Nipomo founders Capt. William G. Dana and Maria Josepha Dana de Carrillo’s daughter.
Others demonstrated a variety of crafts from the day, from candlemaking and spinning to brickmaking and blacksmithing as vaqueros’ and sailors’ encampments ringed the adobe.
Visitors joined docents to dance to period music, toured the rooms to view restoration efforts and heard an explanation of an archaeological dig recently conducted on the verandah.
The annual celebration is staged by the Dana Adobe Amigos, a nonprofit organization that’s restoring the two-story adobe home and working to create a historical park to re-create a portion of Rancho Nipomo.