Foster parents adopt kids at Humphrey Museum

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Families flock to Hay Days festival

By Sandy Barnes

Two young Nubian goats received names from their new foster parents at the close of the Hay Days Harvest Festival at the Humphrey Memorial Park and Museum on Saturday.


Kerrigan and Nancy Clough won the goat-naming contest and decided on “Bramble” and “Raspberry” as the monikers for the frisky, curious kids.

After the naming, Bramble and Raspberry ran over to eat grain from their new parents, who had participated in the contest designed to raise funds for the goats’ food.

The kids got a lot of attention throughout the day as people viewed them in the reconstructed goatery at the park. Kerrigan Clough helped dismantle the goatery and rebuild it at its current location in the park before the goats arrived a few weeks ago. 

Angela Rayne, executive director of the museum and park, said that the annual festival was a success in terms of attendance.

“We had the whole meadow filled with kids,” she said.

During the event, children played traditional games and took rides on a gentle horse, while adults enjoyed the music of the Original Cow Boy Band and a quilt show.

Tours of the historic home at the park were also popular during the day. Nancy Clough and other guides led visitors through the well-appointed home, which was decorated with Chinese and other Eastern art and vintage furnishings, and featured a library. The kitchen interested some of those on the tour, who learned that the Humphrey family members who lived there for many years were vegetarians. 

The last resident was Hazel Lou Humphrey, who was  2 years old when she came to the home in Soda Creek with her parents in 1920. She lived at the home until 1995 when she died, leaving a trust to maintain the home as a museum.

The annual festival is one of many events that Angela Rayne and her husband, Roger, offer to the community and area visitors.

The Raynes also offer children’s birthday celebrations at the park that include vintage clothing for youngsters to try on, traditional games and activities such as jump-rope, hopscotch and duck, duck, goose.

Angela also has developed an extensive array of classes for adults and children throughout the year from crafts and cooking to gardening and ice cream making.

Since taking over management of the memorial park and museum, the Raynes also have created an antique and collectibles shop on the property, which has a variety of goods from vintage furniture to handmade tea cozies, aprons and soaps.

The Humphrey Park and Museum, at 620 Soda Creek Road, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

For more information, call 303-674-5429 or visit www.hmpm.org.

Contact Sandy Barnes at sandy@evergreenco.com or call 303-350-1042.