Mike Boulland showed historical artifacts and posters as the guests
Daniel Burns, who portrayed early settler Jose Berryessa, passes out
coins, a rancho tradition for greeting guests.
Martha (left) from the Kiwanis, helped to organize the event.
Mike shows a model of a bull-and-bear fight, such as was staged at
Rancho Santa Teresa in the rancho era.
The bus was late because of an address mix-up, so Mike told stories in
the Country Inn Cafe.
The bus showed up eventually. We had permission to cut through IBM's
Almaden Research Center to reach Santa Teresa Park. The first stop was
at the Bernal-Gulnac-Joice Ranch in Santa Teresa Park.
Park interpreter John Dorrance talked about the ranch and its history.
The group went into the barn at the ranch and saw a presentation on the
The group walked up to Santa Teresa Spring.
The pond at Santa Teresa Spring.
Jeannie Carevic portrayed the Black-Robed Woman of Indian legend that
inspired the legend of Santa Teresa.
The group left the spring and went back into the bus. The bus crossed
back over the hills to New Almaden.
At the Casa Grande in
New Almaden, Park interpreter Mary Berger talked about her encounters
New Almaden Quicksilver County Park Association president and docent
Kitty Monahan (above center) gave a tour of the mine office at the Casa
Group looking at the mining exhibits in the museum.
Dinner was held at the New Almaden Community Club. It included tri-tip
and chicken prepared by Jennifer De Ghuee. Other volunteers
Pumpkins were used as vases for the centerpieces.
Park interpreter John Slenter (right) helped serve drinks.
During dinner, a slideshow and videos were shown. Above is a janitor at
Bernal School talking about seeing ghosts while cleaning up the school.
Cake, cookies, and drinks were served.
After dinner, we walked down Bertram Road to the Hacienda Cemetery. As
we got there, we heard screaming from headless ghouls.
Mike telling tales at the gates of the cemetery.
One of the stories was about Bertram Barrett, whose arm (and not his
body) is buried in the cemetery. Legend has it that his arm can be seen
moving about searching for its body.
After touring the cemetery, we returned to the bus, which returned us
to parking lot by the Country Inn Cafe.
- Organizations: Santa Clara County Parks & Recreation
Dept., New Almaden Community Club, New Almaden Quicksilver County Park
Association, Friends of Santa Teresa Park, IBM, Kiwanis Club of Almaden
Valley, Leland High School volunteers
- Cooking and dining: Jennifer De Ghuee, Mike De Ghuee, Sam
De Ghuee, Rachael De Ghuee, Kitty Monahan, Robbie Lamos, Bill Jones,
Dorene Boulland, Dot Wilson