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