Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bracebridge Dinner - An Adams Family Tradition

Yosemite National Park’s Bracebridge Dinner has become a true American tradition since its inception eighty years ago in Yosemite Valley. This spectacular Christmas pageant takes place in The Ahwahnee’s grand Dining Room, which is transformed into the majestic Hall of American author Washington Irving’s legendary “Squire Bracebridge”. Each December since 1927, the world-famous hotel takes on the air of eighteenth-century England.

This year, Ansel Adams Gallery President Matthew Adams, and his wife Ming Zhu, had the honor of playing the role of guest squires one evening in the famous Bracebridge performance.

For the Adams family, the Bracebridge Dinner is not merely an American tradition but a family one. Matthew’s grandfather, Ansel Adams, spent many years being involved with the dinner, including creating an original script, developing the accompanying music, and bringing on a creative team to build the set. Adams also performed in the Bracebridge Dinner, taking on the role of Major Domo.

To read more about the history of the Bracebridge Dinner, please visit

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