Call of the Wild – A Jack London Celebration
Saturday September 17th 2016 -
On Saturday, Sept. 17, Jack London State Historic Park will host “Call of the Wild – A Jack London Celebration,” a gala fundraising evening at Beauty Ranch as part of the 2016 Centennial celebration which has paid tribute to the inspiring legacy left by Jack London upon his passing 100 years ago.
Attendees will experience the ghosts and voices of Jack’s adventures, encounter farm animals that Jack would have had at the ranch, feel the spirit of Jack and his “feisty mate” Charmian, and enjoy festivities as if Jack and Charmian were entertaining their frequent ranch guests. Period dress from 1900 or ranch attire is optional but encouraged.
The event also honors local winemaker Mike Benziger, whose pioneering vision of a fully sustainable biodynamic vineyard is attributed to Jack London’s inspiration. “I don’t know how many people realize this, but it is possible that Jack London was the first organic farmer in the U.S. – or certainly one of the early pioneers here in Northern California,” is how Benziger describes the man who Modern Farmer Magazine called a “futuristic farmer.” Benziger said, “One of my favorite quotes of Jack London’s is, ‘The closer you are to the land, the more passionate you could be.’ Jack’s innovations at Beauty Ranch were my inspiration to explore biodynamic winemaking, and I think that many others who now practice sustainable agriculture in Sonoma County would agree, that Jack London did it all first over 100 years ago. It is fitting for this Centennial Celebration that we pay tribute to Jack London and I am honored to be his standard bearer.”
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., the celebration includes cocktails in the meadow, full dinner, entertainment and special guests. There will be no auction, but a brief “Fund a Need” campaign, as park leaders share the vision for the future at Jack London State Historic Park. Since 2012, the park has been operated by Jack London Park Partners, a nonprofit organization that came together to counter the threat of the park closing during the 2011 State budget crisis. Under its stewardship, park attendance has more than doubled, ongoing events have been instituted and the park is thriving.
Tickets start at $200 and reservations can be made online at www.jacklondonpark.com.