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The Bernal Family has a family reunion just before Fandango, organized
by Greg Smestad, who is talking here. Their ancestors came to the Bay
Area with the Juan Bautista de Anza Expedition in 1776. Jose Joaquin
Bernal, who was teenager when he traveled with the de Anza Party,
founded 10,000-acre Rancho Santa Teresa in 1834. His descendants owned
and operated the ranch until 1980.
The musical group El Mosquito warms up behind the barn, using the tents
to change into
Julie Lee and Kitty Monahan help to setup the tables for Fandango.
While Kitty Monahan works on the Fandango programs, National Park
Service interpreter Nathan Sargent talks to County Parks interpreter
Amateur radio operators have a booth demonstrating their emergency
communications equipment. They also brought the powerful lights that
were used after dark for cleanup.
This is the Friends of Santa Teresa Park's booth. This poster shows
The Friends of Santa Teresa Park (FOSTP) are working on a plaque to be
placed on Coyote Peak, the highest point in Santa Teresa Park. This
poster shows a possible design for the plaque. It has a panoramic view
from the peak, with closeups of points of interest.
The tables are setup in preparation for the visitors. Park interpreter
John Dorrance is on the left. The red trailer on the right is the
emergency lighting system that will be used for lighting after dark.
Back at the newly-restored East Barn, 4H'er Jason Bombadier prepares to
show his rabbits. The rabbit hutches are temporarily housed in the goat
pen of the East Barn. The East Barn was recently completed. This is the
first year it's been
open for Fandango. Part of it will be used for a 4-H goat and sheep
project. The rabbits will be moved inside the barn.
FOSTP President Mike Boulland (left) and FOSTP member Ed Jackson
(right) await the visitors.
Teri Rogaway (right) of the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority
joins the ham radio operators. Her husband Ray is setting up a video
demonstrate TV transmission to the receiver on the right.
The dancers of Folklorico Nacional Mexicano begin to arrive.
County Park docents Shari Sullivan (left) and Mary (right)
get ready to greet the visitors at the sign-in/information table.
FOSTP member and Umunhum Conservancy President Sam Drake (left) looks
at the ham radio equipment.
Fandango officially begins at 5:00, though the park always gets lots of
visitors. Behind the FOSTP booth is the trailhead for the busy Joice
Trail, which leads uphill into the park.
Food was provided by the Tamale Factory. Here, they are preparing their
booth to serve tacos and tamales. Behind them is the Caretakers House.
As visitors begin to arrive, park interpreter and Fandango organizer
Jan Shriner (right) greets Mary and Dennis Moran. Behind Jan is a table
with ice water for guests.
Max Martinez (left) greets children who have come to try their hand at
pretend cattle-roping and branding.
Nathan Sargent mans the NPS booth on the Juan Bautista de Anza National
Trail. He has maps and brochures of the trail. The musical instruments
represents the kinds of instruments that the settlers in the Anza Party
would have used for entertainment.
Phyllis Carrasco (left) runs the arts and crafts tables.
Docent Mary Moran is signing the volunteer form, while Robert
Berryessa, a descendant of the Berryessa family that owned nearby
Rancho San Vicente, looks at the park literature.
Inside the East Barn is a corn-shucking machine, demonstrated by John
John Dorrance shows a reproduction of a grinding wheel.
Jan Shriner opens up the event, while the dancers wait to perform. Next
to Jan is Blanca Cinco, who provided the Spanish translation.
Antoinetta Benitez (right) and FOSTP member Roxanne Koopman (left) help
out at one of the crafts
tables where kids can make animals out of corn husks.
Elena Robles (left), director of Folklorico Nacional Mexicano,
introduces her young dancers.
Bernal Family members gather for a family portrait at the Anza booth.
Delfina Garcia, at her Meson del Minero (Rancho Trading Post) booth,
shows a dress to Heidi McFarland.
Francisco Garcia (left) demonstrates items at the Meson del Minero
4-H'ers show off their beekeeping project and products, which include
beehives, beekeeping gear, items made of beeswax, a honeycomb, and
Mike Boulland and Sam Drake talk to visitors and hand out newsletters
at the FOSTP booth.
Mary Moran (left) works at the yarn craft table.
A visitor talks to Nathan Sargent at the Anza Trail table.
Dennis Moran does caricatures of visitors.
Bernal Family members show historic items and pictures and talk about
their family history.
At Phyllis Carrasco's table, kids can make hand-stitched herb sachets.
At Mary Moran's table, guests can weave yarn into lanyards, reminiscent
of the way leather was woven into rope in the rancho days.
Kids make corn husk animals.
Visitors enjoy feeding and petting Easy, Trailwatch volunteer Janice
Frazier's horse. Janice is in the blue shirt on the left.
El Mosquito performed traditional Mexican folksongs.
By the chicken coop are Robin Schaut (center), manager of interpretive
programs, and ranger Kristy Barton (right).
Alan Leventhal (center) stops by the FOSTP booth and talks to visitors.
FOSTP members talk to visitors about Santa Teresa Park and its history.
A young visitor feels the soft fur of a rabbit, while Jason talks to
other visitors about raising rabbits.
Ham radio operators.
Coyote Crest 4-H
The Anza Trail table.
The Bernal Family table.
FOSTP member Greg Koopman helps with kids "brand" cattle.
Kids make designs to be turned into sachets.
Jan Shriner talks with ranger Aniko Millan (center). Aniko earlier
tended to a child who was stung by a yellow jacket.
Janice Frazier watches as a child feeds a carrot to Easy.
The FOSTP booth at 7:19 pm. Sunset is approaching.
Julie Lee talks to volunteer Rick Leonard (center) and camp
host/volunteer Brian Shively (right).
Here are former residents of the ranch. Patrick Joice used to own and
operate the ranch with his family, which is why the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice
Ranch bears his family's name. Lydia Carlson (in the hat), used to
live at the Caretaker's House at the ranch when she worked for Park
The older dancers perform.
Brian Shively helps Jason at the rabbit table.
In the West Barn, SJSU's Alan Leventhal, the Tribal Ethno-Historian for
the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, gives a slideshow presentation on the Muwekma.
Sunset at the ranch, 7:44 pm.
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The ham radio operators prepare the emergency lighting for use after
dark during cleanup.
8:04 pm, the dancers pose for
pictures as Fandango ends.