Ranch Spirit Day
Santa Teresa County Park
August 25, 2007




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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


Dancers practicing


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






Jan Shriner


Paul Bernal


Patrick Joice


Elena Robles and El Grito de la Cultura




Olga Loya as Juana Briones


Olga Loya


Leticia Gonzalez serving Mexican food


Cattle roping


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




4H chickens










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.


Videos

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Happy birthday to Joe Schultz
A Mexican folk song
A Mexican folk song



Dancers
Dancers Dancers



Dancers Dancers Olga Loya as Juana Briones

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