HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas season full of laughter, merriment, relaxation, and perhaps some wonderful gifts! Over here at Minnetrista, we are in full planning mode getting things all in place for the upcoming events for the next year!
Those of us of a certain age remember, with great fondness, the wonderful decorations at Ball Stores in downtown Muncie. Recently, I shared some photos of the decorations with the audience at the latest Tea & Talk at Minnetrista. During tea time, there was lots of chatter at the tables as new and old friends exchanged memories. It was especially great to meet one gentleman in the audience who had worked at Ball Stores for more than thirty-five years. Some of those years were spent working on the windows, and he told us that many of the decorations had originally been displayed at Saks Fifth Avenue!
How lonely and scary to be a child in the hospital at Christmas time. For seventy-five years, the Ruth Lyons Children’s Fund has tried to make the stay a little bit better.
This time of year, evergreens are a feast for eyes. But did you know that they are truly edible? People have been cooking with pines for hundreds of years. They provide vitamins A and C, antiseptic properties, antioxidants, and they add a delicious and unexpected twist to your holiday table. Interested in consuming your Christmas tree?
With all of the Thanksgiving leftovers in the fridge and with the looming Christmas feasts, some of you may be wondering how to preserve all the deliciousness. Well, unfortunately, canning probably isn’t your best bet. Here’s why...
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.
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.
Here are some plants growing at Minnetrista that provide color and interest during the fall season.
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.
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.