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May 10, 2011 > Arts and Crafts at Shinn Park

Arts and Crafts at Shinn Park

By Arathi Satish
Photos By Al Minard

The significant role art plays in any community is undeniable. It not only connects and educates people, but inspires them to imagine and reach beyond the ordinary. Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park brings art to the community and the community to art.

This event began as, "Walk in Time: Art and History in the Park" and over the years became known as "Art in the Park" and yet again to "Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park." Event organizer Al Minard says, "It is a great mix of artists and historical resources coming together at the same venue."

This outdoor event will host about thirty local artists displaying, demonstrating and selling their artwork. Historic craft artisans will also demonstrate their work and exhibit some for sale. Painting demonstrations are also planned illustrating a variety of techniques.

Apart from visual arts, Music for Minors and Cadillac Jack Band from San Jose will perform and square dancers and belly dancers will show visitors how much fun dancing can be. Tours of the historic Shinn House are on the schedule as well as a group of intrepid ghost hunters who are determined entice ghosts of the past to make an appearance. Historical organizations will be present to talk about their organizations and display historical objects.

Spend a beautiful spring day in the park, explore the Shinn House and discover what the local arts community has to offer. Popcorn, hot dogs, sodas and water will be sold. Picnics are also encouraged. Minard invites everyone to come and "have a great time in a wonderful park."

Profits from "Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park," will be used for historical preservation and restoration by Mission Peak Heritage Foundation. For more information, call Al Minard at (510) 552-4839 or email or visit

Special Activities:
11:00 a.m. - 12 noon Music for Minors
12 noon - 1:00 p.m. Square Dancing
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Cadillac Jack Band
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Belly Dancing

Arts and Crafts in Shinn Park
Sunday, May 15
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinn Park
1251 Peralta Boulevard, Fremont
(510) 552- 4839

Free Admission to the grounds
Historic Shinn House tours: $5 adults, $2:50 for children age 5-12, and Free under 5.

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