Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Christmas at the Park & Goodbyes

After decorating the museum I walked outside to a Winter wonderland. Like the cherry on the cake, finishing up my last Christmas at the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum, it made the decorations even more special as a white blanket of snow covered the land.

This years event went great despite the weather..... snow in December in Rochester? Hmmm, weird! Children gathered to visit Santa at the Hansen Nature Center and made some great pine cone ornaments to take home.

Visitors also enjoyed the Victorian decorations up at the Cobblestone and got many ideas to take home. The Okie Dokies, made up of musicians Warren Tole and Dan Palmer, added a touch of 'Old-fashioned' holiday to the event.

This weekend also marked my last year at the park. It has been a great 10 years starting as a volunteer for several years in the herb garden. A labor of love that started out as a foundation, turned weed garden and this past season a mini destination- an actual herb garden. Working for the park has been quite rewarding. I have enjoyed working on this blog as well and Liz Hudson is looking forward to carrying it forward into 2008.

So on that note Merry Christmas and Happy New Year catch you in the herb garden!! - Arleen Oliver

Hmmm, was he on my naughty or nice list?

Making a pine cone ornament...

...to be cherished year after year.

A very Victorian Tree

The Okie Dokies and the sounds of Christmas