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May 14, 2013 > Arts & Crafts in Shinn Park

Arts & Crafts in Shinn Park

By Al Minard
Photos By Al Minard

Support local artists and crafters as they display and sell their beautiful work at "Arts & Crafts in Shinn Park" on Sunday, May 19. Over 15 artists have signed up to share their artistic creations, which range from pottery, jewelry, and painting to candles, photography, cards, and more. People are encouraged to speak to the artists, enjoy their work, and learn about the creative process.

Music for Minors II will show the young and the young at heart how music is made and how to experiment with simple musical instruments. From 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., square dancers will kick up their heels and at 3 p.m., Nour El Ain Belly dancers will perform.

May is a beautiful month in this park and many of the flowers are in full bloom, just waiting for visitors to enjoy them. The park has old trees (many over 140 years old) and lovely gardens, including the Kato Japanese Garden and the roses in front as well as the butterfly garden on the west side of the house. Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras to take pictures of the grounds, the artists, and performers.

This lovely and historic city park near downtown Fremont is home to the historic James and Lucy Shinn house that was completed in 1876. Tours of the house will tell you about this interesting family and their many accomplishments. Although Shinn House is owned by the City of Fremont, Mission Peak Heritage Foundation provides tours and maintains the interior. Washington Township Historical Society will also have a table to share the history of this area.

Margaret Thornberry, president of the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, encourages everyone to visit and enjoy this beautiful park and the arts and crafts from local artists. Entry to the grounds is free; food and drinks will be available for sale at very reasonable prices. Tours of the Shinn House will begin at noon and go until 4 p.m. with a cost of $5 for adults and $2.50 for children ages 7-12. Children under seven are free.

This event is sponsored by the Fremont Cultural Arts Council, Mission Peak Heritage Foundation, Boy Scout Troop 447, and Jack in the Box. For more information, call (510) 552-4839 or email, or visit or

Arts & Crafts in Shinn Park
Sunday, May 19
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Shinn Park
1251 Peralta Blvd., Fremont
(510) 552-4839

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