Sunday, April 22, 2007

Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration at the Park

What a beautiful Spring day we had for the Earth Day Celebration. Ron Walker of Friends With Feathers stopped by for a visit with his Birds of Prey Program. Both shows were standing room only and onlookers watched in awe at the grace and beauty of these birds.

The Red-tailed Hawk tries to take flight.

Seven trees were donated by the Church of Christ in Pittsford and one tree was donated by Lakeview Landscape to add privacy for walkers on the labyrinth. A single tree was planted to celebrate Arbor Day/Earth Day.

Carol Tinker Aldridge plays the trumpet to announce the Tree Planting Ceremony.

RIT students from the Environmental Science Department came out and conducted pond studies with anyone who was interested and as you can see, everyone was!


35 Roth Middle School 8th Grade Honors Society volunteers offered their time to help with spring cleanup around the museum and the nature center.

A speical thanks to everyone who made the 2007
Earth Day/Arbor Day event a success.

Monday, April 16, 2007

This month you may want to run out and grab a copy of the June issue of Early American Life magazine, and read the article titled:


by Nora Seymor

Thrifty 19th-Century women stitched circles and figures cut from wool onto a backing to create decorative mats we call penny rugs. Modern needle workers keep the craft alive.

The magazine highlights Arleen Oliver, new to the art, amongst some very talented penny rug makers, such as Janet Wagner of Rochester, check out her website

Janet Wagner has been ranked as one of the top traditional artisans in America according to a panel of 20 experts from prestigious historic institutions. She has been selected as one of the top 200 craftsmen included in the juried Directory of Traditional American Crafts sponsored by Early American Life Magazine. You can view the directory at

Stop by the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum to see several of Arleen's rugs on display. Check out Early American Life's website for a directory of local stores that sell the magazine or purchase the current issue as well as past issues from their site.

Some pictures of her rugs include:

The first rug Arleen made sits on her mother-in-law's table. She learned this textile craft from Early Penny Rug Artist and friend, Cee Rafuse of Nova Scotia. You may want to check out her site at

A perfect backdrop to the 17" thick windowsills

Forget me nots for Spring!

A lovely candle mat