Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum Ice Cream Social on June 13

Sunday, June 13, Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum will usher in the summer with its annual Ice Cream Social from noon to 4 p.m. The event is sponsored by AMCORE Bank with plenty of creamy ice cream provided by Dean Foods.

During the event, visitors can buy a chance to win a child’s scooter for $1. The aluminum “X Games” scooter is manufactured by Rotate. The raffle will be one day only. The winning ticket will be drawn at 3:45 p.m. You need not be present to win.

Returning to the Ice Cream Social this year is The Tommy Gee and Johnny Show. Tommy Gee’s popular one-man band routine promises parades, jokes and good old-fashioned music for kids of all ages. New to the Social this year is the City of Rockford Youth Pipe Band, guaranteed to lend Scottish flair to the afternoon. The young ladies of the Rochester, Minn., Area Girls Choir will also share a few musical numbers.

Visitors can also enjoy baked goods, try their luck in the cake walk, or buy a bag of kettle corn. Children can make festive paper pinwheels, take home a balloon, and explore the hands-on history booth to try out old-fashioned objects.

The 1865 historic Tinker Swiss Cottage will be open for tours, and a special new exhibit will be open in the lower level of the Visitor Center. The exhibit, “To Have & To Hold: Victorian Wedding Traditions,” recognizes the 100th anniversary of Robert H. Tinker’s marriage to Jessie Dorr Hurd and explores wedding traditions and fashions from 1850-1910. While touring the Cottage, visitors will view spectacular Victorian wedding gowns and grooms’ clothing from the collection of Midway Village and Museum Center.

The Ice Cream Social also will be the kickoff for the Museum’s fourth annual Quilt Raffle. Tickets will be sold for $1 each or six for $5 with proceeds benefiting the Museum’s educational programming. The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 5. This year’s queen-size quilt, Railroad Gardens, in maroon, blue and cream, pays tribute to the elaborate gardens that Robert Tinker once maintained. The quilt was pieced by Museum Curator Donna Langford and Ann Stewart of the Sinnissippi Quilter’s Guild and quilted by The Quilters’ Loft of Bloomington, Ill.

Admission to the Ice Cream Social is $5 for adults and $2 for children, which includes treats, tours, entertainment and crafts. Children younger than age 5 are admitted free. The Museum is just south of Davis Park off South Main Street at 411 Kent St. For more information, call 964-2424.

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