What’s it like to live at Vikingsholm Castle?

Courtesy Katherine Hill

Sierra State Parks Foundation presents Conversations with History: Living at Vikingsholm on July 19 and Aug. 15 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. This special evening at Emerald Bay State Park in Vikingsholm Castle starts with a behind-the-scenes tour, followed by wine from Lucchesi Winery and hors d’oeuvres in the courtyard. Helen Smith will host an informal conversation about her experiences spending 14 summers at Vikingsholm as a guest of Lora Knight, the owner. Smith will present a signed copy of her book, “Vikingsholm,” to every guest.

Tickets are $65 per person or $55 for Sierra State Parks Foundation members. Guests meet at D.L. Bliss State Park at 5 p.m. to drive into Emerald Bay. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Tickets are online. | sierrastateparks.org