Salomon Farm Fiber Arts Celebration!
Friday, May 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. & Saturday May 14, 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Join us at Salomon Farm Park for a two-day celebration of the fiber arts. Learn how natural fiber such as wool goes from animal to sweater as local fiber arts guilds provide hands-on activities and demonstrations in felting, carding, spinning, weaving, knitting and more. Vendors specializing in fiber arts will have lots of great items for sale including equipment and supplies for knitting, crocheting, weaving, spinning, and felting along with high quality items for yourself and your home including rugs, hats, bags, and toys. Natural fibers including wool, alpaca, silk and cotton will also be available for sale. Visit with live sheep and alpacas, goats, rabbits, and other farm animals at the petting zoo and then take a wagon ride provided by the Tri-State Antique Tractor Club. Food vendors will also be on the grounds. The Fiber Arts Celebration is produced by the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department/Salomon Farm Park and sponsored by the Flax and Fleecers Spinning Guild. For information about vending, volunteering or about the event itself, please call Amy at 427-6005. Due to the nature of this event, pets are not allowed.
Salomon Farmer’s Market
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Wednesdays, 4:00-7:00 p.m.
June 8-September 7
Did you know that your food has to travel an average of 1500 miles to get to you? Not so at the Salomon Farmer’s Market! Our vendors produce their goods within a 75 mile radius from Salomon Farm Park. Our produce vendors are required to grow their own fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs and we strive to find vendors who embrace sustainable and organic growing practices and GMO free products. The market will also include baked goods, honey, maple syrup, homemade pies, artisan goods and Live Music. “Like” Salomon Farm Park on Facebook for special events’ schedule and market updates or get a copy of our Farmers’ Market brochure at fortwayneparks.org. Call Amy at 427-6005 for more information.
Needle Felting Workshop
Soft, carded wool and a little barbed needle are all you need to create endless 3-D felt decorations and toys. You will learn needle felting techniques such as free-form 3D sculpting and using cookie cutters. Sign up for a single session or take all six workshops to create a complete collection of felted figures. No experience is needed. The workshops are open to all skill levels. All necessary equipment and supplies will be provided. Instructor Amy Williams is a local artist fascinated with the possibilities of fiber arts and has focused on creating Waldorf-inspired toys. Take home kits will be available for an additional fee. Ages 18+. Registration deadlines are one week prior to each workshop. Min. 10. Max. 12.
Code Date Day Time
253808-M4 5/9 M 9:30-11:30A
253808-M5 5/23 M 9:30-11:30A
# Sessions/Fee: 1/$22
Sign up for all 5 workshops for $100.
Location: Salomon Farm Park Learning Center, 817 W Dupont Rd.
Catching Rain Fort Wayne Native Plant Sale & Monarch Waystation Planting
Saturday, May 28, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Salomon Farm Park Learning Center
817 W. Dupont Rd.
Looking for a source of native perennial plants for your rain garden or landscaping? Kick-off your Memorial Day weekend with beautiful native plants from Riverview Nursery. Master Gardeners and representatives from City Utilities will be on hand to answer your questions about plant selection and rain gardens. We’ll also be planting a monarch waystation during the plant sale. The waystation will provide habitat for monarchs with milkweed and other nectar and shelter plants. The public is invited to help plant the area that will become a Certified Waystation through Monarch Watch and to learn more about the importance of native plants and Monarch butterflies. Milkweed and other nectar plants will also be at the sale for those interested in planting their own waystation at home. Call Karla at 427-6008 for more information.
The Hammer Heads
Want to learn about blacksmithing? Join the club! The Hammer Heads Club is for youth ages 11-17 who want to learn this almost-forgotten craft. Local blacksmiths will teach shop safety and how to build a coal fire. You’ll learn about blacksmithing tools and how to use them. The curriculum is designed for beginners. The club will meet at the Salomon Farm Blacksmiths’ Forge. Hammer Heads must wear leather closed-toed shoes, full-length pants, natural fiber clothing (cotton, wool, etc.) and all loose hair must be tied back. Gloves and protective eye wear will be provided. Membership in Hammer Heads is free, however you must call 427-6000 by May 28 to sign up. Questions? Call Amy at 427-6005. Min. 2. Max. 6.
Farm Tours at Salomon Farm Park
Field Trips on the Farm
May 1-June 3 and August 11–September 20
Salomon Farm Park, 817 W. Dupont Rd.
Salomon Farm tours feature hands-on time with our animal friends and highlight composting, gardening and life on the farm in the old days. Wagon rides are available upon request for farm tours booked for 1½ hours or more. If you have a specific area of interest we will do our best to work it into the tour. Field trips are scheduled in 1-2 hour increments. Scheduling is subject to availability. Reservations must be made at least two weeks in advance by contacting Amy Hicks at 427-6005. There is a charge of $3/hour/child. Teachers and adult chaperones are free. A minimum fee of $30/hour applies to all groups. Maximum capacity is 45 participants.
Wild Walkers Welcome 2016
2nd & 4th Fridays
Share your knowledge of nature as you explore some of northeast Indiana’s finest outdoor areas in this nature-oriented group. Wild Walkers is an adult hiking group that meets the second and fourth Fridays of each month for a walk on the wild side. Each hike features a different natural area in the region (parks, wetlands, nature preserve, etc.) and carpooling is available when necessary.
This magnificent old building sits majestically along Dupont Road on a small working farm operated by the Parks and Recreation Department. The peaceful, bucolic setting includes a pond, wetlands, livestock pens, vegetable gardens, prairie grasses and crop fields. The barn, originally built in the late 1800’s, housed livestock and stored farm equipment and served the farm for over 100 years. The barn has been restored to capture the rustic look of the historical structure. The old barn features a large seating area and tables for up to 170 guests and a separate room for the catering operation. A separate but adjacent building houses the restrooms. The Old Barn may be reserved from May-October. Please visit www.fortwayneparks.org and look under wedding facilities to find our page and get more information, including the rental contract. There are limited dates still available for 2015. Call 427-6000 for more information.
Photo courtesy of Robert Pence.
See more photos at: http://www.robertpence.com/
The Tri-State Two Cylinder Club takes its name from the early John Deere tractors that had only had two cylinders that gave them the distinctive popping sound. In some circles these old tractors were called “Johnny Poppers”. Although most of the members own John Deere tractors, there are a lot of other “colors” (manufacturers) around the Salomon Farm as well.
The Two Cylinder Club at Salomon Farm Park is responsible for farming most of the crop fields (corn, soybeans, wheat and oats). The DeKalb County Horsemen also farm three smaller fields using draft horses and mules for their work.
The Two Cylinder Club is a major player in our Fall Harvest Festival. They provide about 28 volunteers for all the different events during the festival. In addition, the club has found old time farm equipment, restored the pieces and then placed them in the Heritage Barn for the enjoyment of our visitors.
Thanks to The Maumee Valley Blacksmiths for all of their volunteer hours in teaching classes and demonstrating at Festivals. Join the Maumee Valley Blacksmiths at 9 am on the 4th Saturday each month to watch and participate in forging (18 years and up only). Find the blacksmiths in the forge, just south of the gardens.
Be sure to check out the trail at Salomon! It is open to the public from 6 a,m.-11 p.m. To read more about the trail, check out the Salomon Trail Press Release
Photos from a large Field Trip Day with FFA volunteers!
Photos courtesy of Fred Van Fossen
Outstanding presentation! Teacher extremely knowledgeable, helpful and well prepared. Marylou H.
Thank you. The class was well organized and Kay was prepared. She supplied so much information and was very helpful. Her helpers were kind, polite and very professional. Kay is a down to earth, no fuss person, and does not make you feel like you do not know what you are doing (even though I did not). I am excited about this subject and will use my knowledge gained in this class. Kay also gave us unlimited access to her for future questions, which I know I will have. She was an excellent instructor. Thank You. A. M.
Photos courtesy of Robert Pence. See more photos at: http://www.robertpence.com