Return to the Friends of Santa Teresa Park
- Attendees: Mike Boulland, Ronald
Monahan, Sam Drake, Mario Blaum, Ed Jackson, Martin Reinders, County
Parks visitors Jan Shriner and Julie Lee
- Treasurer's report: our bank balance was $1147.18. We spent
$200 on the UNSCC membership fee, $500 to pay for musicians for
Fandango, and have $100 reserved for newsletters, leaving $347.18
- Mike submitted the CAP Grant Final Report for Cycle 23.
- Ron showed pictures of the Albertson Parkway, the Norred
Trail, Chitactac Family Day, Ant Night at the BGJ Ranch, and the
ranger-led hike at Rancho San Vicente.
- Jan Shriner talked about Fandango. It runs from 5-8 pm on
August 21. All volunteers need to fill in and sign the volunteer
releases. Jan passed out a schedule for staff and volunteers. The
schedule runs from 2-8 pm. Janice Frazier will be coming with her
horse, Easy. 4H wants 3 sites. STFNA will not be coming. We need 4
Easy-Ups. Juan Cisneros will be coming to help with the brick-making.
Chris Carson will manage the corral area, with the bulls, branding, and
horseshoes. The horseshoes will be done on the northwest side of the
corral. They will throw towards the barn. The food menu will be Indian
tacos, watermelon, juice, soda, and water. The food trailer will come
to the ranch on Friday. The picnic tables will be coming Friday. They
will be prepped on Saturday from 2-5. The Bernal Family will be having
a reunion. They asked for 6 tables at the picnic area. Paul Bernal will
have 3 tables for his display. The Muwekma want to have a booklet on
native plants. We decided that FOSTP volunteers will pay for their own
food and we'll forego the stipend that is offered to exhibitors. The
musicians will be the Alta California Orchestra. They are a duo. We
will pay the California Institute for Traditional Studies. They cost
$500. $200 each is for the musicians, and $100 is for the institute.
They will perform and play background music. Ads were published in Bay
Area Parent and a full-page ad in the San Jose Mercury News. Flyers
were passed out at St. Julie's. E-mail was send out to people close to
the park. Ed got a letter, which he passed around the neighborhood.
NAQCPA got permission to have a blacksmith at their event. Maybe we
could get one for Fandango. There was one at the opening ceremony of
the BGJ Ranch. FOSTP will have an adobe clay exhibit like last year
with large and small bricks. Mike doesn't want to bring as much mud
this year. We should bring tarps.
- The interpretive sign for Coyote Peak is on hold. We need
to get a picture of the sign on Boccardo. Sam may have pictures.
- The Santa Teresa Community Fest is on 9/18. Sam will bring
rubber ducks to give away. We'll need tables and an Easy-Up. The County
Parks will also have a booth.
- Coastal Cleanup Day will be on September 25, so it won't
conflict with the Community Fest.
- Marty Reinders got an historic inventory list on Santa
Teresa Park from Dana Peak. It includes the Santa Teresa Historic Area,
but it does not include the Fortini side of the park.
- We should make our own list of historic buildings and check
with the county to see if those buildings are on it.
- Our Mt. Umunhum trip is on 8/15. 20 people have signed up.
We will carpool up from the Almaden Community Club at 9:00. We'll need
to bring a lunch. We'll go through the base onto private property that
overlooks the mountain top. There's an article about a similar trip in
the latest Almaden
Times Weekly. [Note: this trip has been postponed until October.]
- There will be no work day at the Bernal Ranch this month.
- Ed said they have been getting good responses from the park
rangers at the Spring. There is still a pile of mud on the Coyote
Alamitos Canal levee. The grass hasn't been cut between the canal and
- Ed said he saw baby owls in the trees by his house.
- There is a pile of brush leftover from the CCC cleanup
at the end of Manila Drive.
- Sam said there are geocaching cleanup events at Yosemite
and Santa Cruz.
- We need to fill out a new Adopt-a-Trail form with our
addresses and phone numbers. There will be a new sign put up for us.
Individuals or groups can work on the trail. We need to put in 20 hours
per year total. The trail is fine now. The ground is too hard to work
on. After winter is when it will need the most work. We can do a group
event in the spring. Kitty will set a date.
- Mike said to hang onto receipts when we spend money for our
group activities. We can use them for in-kind donations for the CAP
- On October 9, Marty Reinders will be doing a a night photo
session at English Camp at Almaden Quicksilver. It was chosen because
it is shielded from city light. It will be a nighttime van tour.
- Ron is teaching a photography class at the Bernal Ranch on
- There will be a Perseid meteor shower viewing at Calero on
8/12 at 8:30. There will also be one at Rancho Canada Del Oro on 8/13
- We talked a bit about the County Parks Acquisition policy
meetings. There were three of them. Several of our members went to one
or more of them. There will be one more meeting in East San Jose. After
that will be a summary presented to the Park Board. So far, surveys
have shown support for an OHV park at the closed United Technologies
rocket plant, more trails, and regional parks. People supporting the
Three Creeks Trail were at the meetings. The County is collaborating
with San Jose on it.
- Mike has the Berryessa family tree from Barbara Brown. He
gave her a history tour. Mary Berger has an outline of the Berryessa
Family, which she shared. She and Heidi McFarland are giving an
interpretive event at the Rancho San Vicente on the history of the
- There will be no meeting next month.