Tinker Swiss offers ice cream, vintage baseball June 10

Two of summer’s best offerings will be combined at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum this Saturday, June10. Baseball will join ice cream as one of the many attractions at this year’s annual ice cream social.

A four-inning exhibition vintage baseball game will be played on the grounds of the cottage. The game will be played by the rules of 1858, and will recreate baseball as it was played prior to the Civil War. The only equipment will be a bat and a ball. Players did not use gloves until years later.

Chicagoland Salmon’s umpire Ray “Never Wrong” Grist and his son, Kevin “Jumbo Shrimp” Grist, will be on hand to officiate the contest and provide fun-filled insight during the game.

The ice cream social runs from noon until 4 p.m. The game is scheduled for around 3 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring picnics and enjoy the game. Cost is $6 for adults and $3 for children with a maximum of $20 per family.

The cottage is at 411 Kent St., Rockford. More information about the annual ice cream social and vintage baseball game is available by calling (815) 964-2424.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at Dougster61@aol.com.

from the June 6-12, 2007, issue

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