Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Year from Tinker Nature Park

     Thank you to all the volunteers that have made 2011 a fun and successful year at the Tinker Nature Park. The programming at the park relies on many different types of volunteers with varied interests. This includes our long time Tinker Homestead volunteers who staff the museum during events and  the Friends of Tinker Nature Park who support our programming at the nature center and whose efforts make events such as the harvest festival possible. 
     We appreciate the efforts of the boy scouts who have chosen Tinker to complete their Eagle Scout projects, which included a new brick sidewalk to the amphitheater and composting bins for the gardeners who maintain the Tinker Gardens. We also appreciate the help of the scouts who help with park clean up, staff the haunted barn and providing the manpower for concessions at our annual civil war reenactment. We would also like to thank the students from the Rush-Henrietta community who are often the staff behind our big events and volunteer laborers in our gardens.
     Tinker Civil War Days could not be held without the support of the local reenacting community. The summer reenactment schedule is a busy one and I sincerely thank the reenactors that have chosen to support the event at Tinker. To those who have been with us from the beginning and to those units that have recently participated, thank you for your continued dedication to this event, it is this support that has allowed us to continue into our 9th year.
     This year the park welcomed a new dedicated group of volunteers " The Garden Tinkerers" who have taken on the task of maintaining the herb garden and restoring the landscaping to the Tinker Homestead. They will also be holding free Saturday morning gardening seminars at the nature center throughout the year. Please check the Hansen Nature Center Website for upcoming seminars. Also, a thank you to all the beekeepers who help with the hives at Tinker and help with the honey harvest during the harvest festival.
        Thanks to the Henrietta Parks Department for the hard work in maintaining the facilities, grounds and their help with set up for many of our events. Also, thank you to the Henrietta Recreation Department who also assist in many of our activities at the park. Thank you to my co-worker Lora Abbott and Town Historian Tina Thompson for helping to make 2011 an enjoyable year and I am looking forward to working with you in 2012. Finally, a big thank you to our friends and family who often participate in our events and we would like them to know that their support is truly appreciated.
Santa Visits the Hansen Nature Center 2011
Santa and elf assist children in making their ornament

Musician Dean Santos with backup providing Christmas Music 

Everyone gets involved in making ornaments

One happy artist!

     Families kicking off the holiday season at Tinker

Even the volunteers enjoy making ornaments!

Scenes from Christmas at Tinker Homestead 2011

Volunteer Martha interprets formal dining room for visitors

                              Long time volunteer Dorothy with new volunteer Joe in the best parlor with visitors
                    Musicians Dan Palmer and Warren Tole provided the Christmas Music in the Homestead
Mantle in the formal dining room
Victorian Era table top tree in the best parlor

Friday, November 18, 2011

2012 Saturday Seminars at the Hansen Nature Center
All programs run from 10am until noon unless otherwise stated.
Programs are free and open to the public please call 359-7044 to reserve a seat.
January 21: Planning, Implementing and Maintaining a Perennial Flower Bed
Advantages and disadvantages of perennial vs. annual flower beds.

Presented by John Colagrosso - Cornell Master Gardener / Henrietta Garden Club
February 4 and 11: Creating Garden Maps using Microsoft WORD (2 part series)
Theory and demonstration - homework will be assigned.
Presented by John Colagrosso
February 18: All About Weeds
Presented by George Miller - Vice President of the Henrietta Garden Club
February 25: About Culinary Herbs
Will help you decide what herbs to start for growing in the garden or pots. We'll review the culinary uses of common herbs (and a few not so common), including herbs in ethnic cooking and pairing herbs to various dishes and main ingredients.
Presented by Rosita Caridi-Miller: Chef and Owner of Cebi Deliziosi
March 3: Wake up Your Garden
Winter is finally over and it's time to celebrate!Learn the basic tasks that will help prepare you and your garden for spring.
Presented by Beth Warren - Cornell Master Gardener / Henrietta Garden Club
March 10: Pesticides Man-made and Natural
Learn what defines a pesticide, and why and how they are used. Examples of both synthetic and natural pesticides available to the homeowner will be given.
Presented by Beth Warren
March 17: Soap Making with Herbs
Presented by Beth Byrne - Member of Board of Directors at Hand Crafted Soap Makers Guild, Past President of Henrietta Garden Club

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

This event could not be possible without the volunteer efforts of many people. Thank you to the volunteers of the Tinker Homestead Museum, The Boy Scouts - Troop 481 for running the Haunted Barn, the Cub Scouts of Pack 332 for staffing the refreshment stand in the horse barn, The Friends of Tinker Nature Park for leading the woodland wander and providing treat bags for the children. Also, thank you to the students of R-H National Honor Society who wore the woodland costumes and entertained the children along the woodland wander.

Funeral display in East Parlor
Witch's Kitchen

Ghoulish Butcher
Welcoming zombie to the haunted barn
Vampire bat - new addition to the haunted barn.  


 Thank you to the Scouts and Parents of Pack 332 who volunteered to do some fall clean up at the Hansen Nature Center. They weeded the garden beds and the amphitheater giving the grounds a needed sprucing up

Thursday, October 06, 2011

In Memory of John Fess

The Rush-Henrietta Community lost a valued friend and leader. John was a strong supporter of Tinker Nature Park. With his scouts, John would lead volunteer efforts from clean up days to assisting with major events like Civil War Days and Halloween. John was always eager to help and was a great role model for his troop. He will be missed by all at Tinker. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and scouts.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Images from Harvest Festival September 17, 2011

Cider Press Originally from the Remelt Farm in Henrietta with 4 varieties of Apples from Sergent's Farm, Sodus, NY.

Press was restored by Bob Tobey, Henrietta. First time press was used in over 50 years. Hopper chops and grinds apples for pressing.

Turning the press to squeeze out the juice. Demonstrations of the process were given throughout the day. Six bushels of apples produced 18 gallons of cider.

Fresh Cider Flows from the press. Cider pressing was a common activity on farms since colonial times.

Apple cakes would then be fed to the chickens or hogs.

Horse team from Glad Acres Farms were busy throughout the day.

Musician Dean Santos entertained folks while they waited in line for a wagon ride.

Wagon ride and Dean Santos were provided by the Friends of Tinker Nature Park.

Golden Eagle String Band entertained visitors to the Tinker Homestead and Farm Museum.

Volunteer Beekeeper Damon Lincourt harvesting honey from the hives at Tinker Park.

From comb to bucket.

Filtered and bottled for sale.

Photos taken by Tanis Edd.

Friday, August 26, 2011

8th Annual Re-enactment photos submitted by Bob Walker

Rebels entrenched as they prepare for a union attack.

Civilians in camp.

Soldiers from the 34th NC Infantry Regiment preparing to take the field.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Friday Evening Summer Concert Series with the Excelsior Brigade Fife & Drum
Full House at the Amphitheater for the evenings concert

Pack 332 of Henrietta volunteered to man the ice cream concession stand throughout the event.

Camp life.

Uniform review program prior to Saturday's battle.

Ladies dress show and tea.

Public education - the reason reenactors volunteer their time.

34th NC Safety check before heading to the skirmish field.