Ranch Spirit Day
Santa Teresa County Park
August 25, 2007
|El Grito de
la Cultura Dancers, photo by Grace Blaum
|| Ranch Spirit Day was held on
August 25, 2007 at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch in Santa Teresa County
Park. It was the second time such an event took place at the ranch.
Last year, was Founder's Day
Fandango, which commemorated the founding of Rancho Santa Teresa.
This year's event commemorated the area's ranching traditions. It look
place in the evening, starting at 6 pm, so it would be cooler time of
day. The weather was perfect. Hand-made Mexican food was provided by
Leticia Gonzalez. The event was organized and hosted by county parks
interpreter Jan Shriner. Deputy parks director Joe Schultz welcomed the
attendees. Justice Paul Bernal, a direct descendent of the Bernal
Family who originally founded Rancho Santa Teresa, talked about his
family's and the ranch's history. Patrick Joice, whose family once
lived and worked on the ranch talked about his experiences. The young
El Grito de la Cultura dancers, led by Elena Robles performed
traditional Mexican dances. Bilingual storyteller Olga Loya played the part of early
settler Juana Briones and told about her life and times. Near the ranch
house, there was an exhibit about efforts to save the Juana Briones
house in San Jose. Also, the National Parks Service had a display on
the De Anza National Trail. There were tables for crafts and ranch
bingo. Behind the barn, 4H was showing their chickens and were passing
out seeds. New Almaden blacksmith Chuck Ferrier had a forge and was
demonstrating his blacksmithing skills by making metal leaves. In the
field behind the barn, there were wooden cattle for calf-roping and
simulated branding. Later in the day, Julie Gaffney from the Mounted
Ranger Unit rode her horse in and answered questions. Over 160 people
attended, including volunteers and park staff. Dancing went on after
dark. The event ended at 9:00. Everyone seemed to have a great time.
Mike Boulland looking at the the Juana Briones House exhibit, being set up by Jeanne Farr McDonnell
Setting up for food
Frank Martinez IV, dressed as a Spanish soldier, with daughter Laurel.
Mercedes Perez, Jan Shriner, Lupe Avila, and Vasona's Sr. Ranger Aniko Millan.
In the background: Ed Jackson, Robin Schaut, Jim O'Connor
Park Rangers Gina Ellis and Ryan Lugo from Hellyer County Park were helping an injured bicyclist on the steep Joice Trail, with Dorene Boulland providing back support.
Kitty Monahan and Chris Carson
Dancers coming through the barn
Mike leading a tour of the historic area
Margaret Styles, National Parks Service interpreter, exhibit on the De Anza Trail
Exhibit on the Juana Briones House, by the Friends of Juana Briones with Jeanne Farr McDonnell, Corri Jimenez, and Ruben Abrica
Paul Bernal, Patrick Joice, Mike Boulland
Jan Shriner addressing the crowd
Joe Schultz, deputy parks director
Elena Robles and El Grito de la Cultura
Olga Loya as Juana Briones
Leticia Gonzalez serving Mexican food
Chuck Ferrier, blacksmith
Making metal leaves
College intern Kenneth Sarra and Chris Carson help the kids with simulated cattle branding
Making cattle brands
4H garden planting exhibit
Moonrise over Bernal Hill
Jenel Vincze and ranch bingo
Phyllis Carrasco and Diana Gaspar-Oliver provided the crafts table. Intern Gina Italiano is helping the kids here.
Mounted ranger Julie Gaffney rode her horse in and answered questions
Dressing as a soldier in the DeAnza party
Holly Davis and John Dorrance
Confetti egg flowers
Confetti egg flowers
Dot Wilson, Patrick Joice and family in the ranch house, in which he grew up.
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