Tinker Harvest Festival Sept. 12

From press release

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum and Gardens will celebrate its first Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 12. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors, $2 children age 5-17, $10 Family Pack of four, and Museum Members are free.

Victorian arts, crafts, cooking and dance demonstrations will be offered by Company C, 1st Regiment United States Sharpshooters. Among the activities that the Victorian re-enactors will be on the grounds demonstrating will be Victorian cooking methods, lace-making, spinning, weaving and book illumination.

The dance demonstrations will take place at noon and 1 p.m., accompanied by music performed by the Kishwaukee Ramblers. The Ramblers will also perform a concert at 3 p.m.

Breakfast and coffee will be the early-morning food available for purchase from Zammuto’s Restaurant, with pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, pound cake, lemonade and tea available during the afternoon hours. A Victorian Ice Cream Social will begin at noon, providing ice cream with assorted toppings for festival attendees. The cost of the breakfast and lunch items varies, but the Victorian Ice Cream Social is included with the price of admission.

On display in the Tinker Visitor Center will be the Abraham Lincoln and the Manny Reaper Trial Exhibition. The exhibit shares the story of Lincoln’s “Iron Determination” following being excluded from the Manny Reaper Trial proceedings. The exhibition will be on view at the Museum through Nov. 15. Visitors will also be able to see the “Home of the Brave” quilt program created by national quilters for today’s soldiers, and a Brantingham Reaper, the successor to the Manny Reaper, will be on display outside the Visitor’s Center.

An Antique Car Show with pre-1950s cars will be held on the grounds. Prizes will be awarded to the most popular cars. Tours of the cottage will be available and will include the newly-restored lower level for which a special ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place early in the day. Children will be able to enjoy learning to play the Victorian game of croquet, shuttlecock (the forerunner to today’s game of badminton), graces and hoop rolling.

For more information about the Tinker Harvest Festival, or other programs, tours and activities at Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum, call (815) 964-2424, e-mail info@tinkercottage.com or visit www.tinkercottage.org.

Tinker Swiss Cottage is at 411 Kent St., Rockford.

From the September 9-15, 2009 issue

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