Tinker Ice Cream Social set

From noon to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 11, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will celebrate the start of summer with its Annual Ice Cream Social.

There will be family entertainment in Tinker Park all afternoon. Performing on stage will be the jazzy Boulas Trio, the 2004 National Hobo Queen—Dawn “Sunrise” Diventi, and the rockabilly band Hot Rod Hank. Dean Foods is providing plenty of creamy ice cream and visitors can sample homemade baked goods. Root beer floats will be available for $1 each.

The historic Cottage, built by local businessman Robert H. Tinker in 1865, will be open for tours and the newly restored Tinker suspension bridge will be open to explore. A new special exhibit, “Wet or Dry? Rockford & the Temperance Movement,” will also debut that day in the Tinker Barn and Visitor Center.

On the grounds, players from the 1858 style baseball team, the Midway Marauders, will show visitors early baseball equipment and share the very different rules used for our national pastime 150 years ago. Children can take part in craft activities and explore the hands-on history tables where they can try out old-fashioned objects like a stereoscope or hand-cranked coffee grinder.

The Ice Cream Social will be the kickoff for the Museum’s sixth annual quilt raffle. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s educational programs. The Sinnissippi Quilters’ Guild created this year’s queen-size, hand-appliquéd quilt. Tickets will be on sale until Dec. 3.

Admission to the Ice Cream Social is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Children younger than 5 are admitted free. The Museum is just south of Davis Park off South Main Street at 411 Kent St. For more information, call the Museum at 964-2424 or visit www.tinkercottage.com.

From the June 7-13, 2006, issue

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