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The Orchard Shop at Minnetrista

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:00:00 am

When you buy your produce at Farmers Market at Minnetrista or your fresh cider and bag of apples at The Orchard Shop, you become part of a long Minnetrista tradition. Likewise, the children who learn about Johnny Appleseed and watch cider being pressed and tour the orchard to learn about apples are also part of the tradition.

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Passenger Pigeons—a unique bird with an interesting story

Posted by: Sarah Lu England on Thursday, November 20, 2014 at 4:00:00 pm

Recently, I heard an engaging and dynamic speaker, Joel Greenberg. The author of A Feathered River Across the Sky, Greenberg explored how a thriving bird became extinct so quickly and what we can learn from the choices humans made in the late 1800s and how it can influence the decisions we make today.

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Five Great Plants for Fall

Posted by: Clair Burt on Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

Here are some plants growing at Minnetrista that provide color and interest during the fall season.

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Try canning supplies for a holiday gift!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at 10:10:00 am

Looking to find great holiday gifts for the new, budding canners in your life? Perhaps you are thinking that it is too late to find any of the good canning items. Well, don’t worry. Depending on what you are looking for and where you look, it may be the perfect time to purchase a great food preservation present.

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Lucina Amelia Ball – A Professional Woman Ahead of the Times

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

Lucina Ball did not hesitate to offer sisterly advice to her younger brothers—Lucius, William, Edmund, Frank, and George. In a letter written in 1892, she suggested that the brothers “… get up a ‘syndicate’ to buy a whole square and build it all equally good, and so make your own surroundings.” They took her advice then, as they so often did, and purchased a thirty-three acre tract on the White River.

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The Rise of the Snapshot

Posted by: Nadia Kousari on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

We all have that special photograph album that we treasure. Perhaps it includes images of birthdays, vacations, and snapshots of special events. Have you ever thought about how the snapshot came to be? Current digital cameras are easy to use, but photography wasn’t always such a breeze.

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These Tips are “Fallen”

Posted by: Dustin Stillinger on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 12:00:00 am

The Minnetrista Horticulture crew has picked up many tips over the years. We thought we’d share tips with you for this fall season.

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Applesauce—A Family Favorite!

Posted by: Ashley Mann on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

We have all welcomed autumn with open arms here in East Central Indiana. On my commute into work, I’ve seen many houses decked out for the season with scarecrows, pumpkins, and Halloween witches. It is so great—this is my favorite season. Recently, I saw a quote that stated, “Autumn is my favorite color.” That is certainly true for me.

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Lucy Ball’s Very Eventful Wedding

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00:00 pm

It was a wild and wooly evening when Lucy Ball, oldest daughter of Frank C. and Elizabeth Brady Ball, married Alvin Owsley on May 16, 1925. The wedding was held at the home of the bride’s parents, just as her sister Margaret’s wedding was the previous year. The setting was lovely, the guests were many, and the bride and groom had their nerves under control. The weather, however, did not cooperate.

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American Playground and Tuhey Towers

Posted by: Karen M. Vincent on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at 12:15:00 pm

The small but nationally known American Playground company in Anderson, Indiana celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2011. At that time, an article in the Madison County Chamber newsletter noted that the company had recently “completed its biggest and finest structure at Tuhey Park in Muncie.” Tuhey Towers, located near Tuhey Pool, consists of towers, slides, climbing ropes, and more. 

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