Sunnylands is having a free family day where you can check out the property’s 30-foot totem pole

Sunnylands is hosting a free day for the public to check out the 30-foot cedar totem pole that stands over the fifth hole of the golf course at the historic Annenberg estate.

The free access day will be held on Sunday, January 26 from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Shuttle rides will be offered to the totem pole from Sunnylands Center & Gardens as part of a Family Day event that celebrates the current exhibition at the property: Reach for the Sky: Tradition + Inspiration.

The exhibition features the artworks of the late Henry Hunt, a Kwakiutl chief who became one of Canada’s most renowned First Nations’ carvers; his son, Stanley C. Hunt; and his grandson, Jason Hunt. The exhibition blends their pieces with the paintings and sculpture of Grammy winner Herb Alpert, who found inspiration in the Kwakiutl totems he saw on a trip to Vancouver’s Stanley Park in the 1980s.

Sunnylands founders Walter and Leonore Annenberg commissioned Henry Hunt, who was once chief carver at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, to carve “a totem pole of distinction” for their golf course in 1976.

Access to the estate’s 200 acres is usually permitted only through the purchase of a tour of the Annenberg home, a bird-watching excursion on the estate, or an outdoor tour of the property. But Family Day attendees who are at least 10 years of age will be able to take a free shuttle ride onto the historic grounds to see the pole that inspired the exhibition. Do note, there will be no access to the Annenberg home.

Other activities for Family Day will include:

  • Wood-carving demonstrations by members of the Hunt family and other artists.
  • Building totems with foam blocks and decorative elements.
  • Learning to carve with soap.
  • A scavenger hunt to search for animals and other symbols found in the exhibition.
  • Writing your own folk tale.
  • Exploring books with exhibition-related topics in the Center.

Craft activities, available to guests of all ages from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., are free of charge. No reservations are required.

You can get more info here.