Sheep to Shawl Festival, 4/22/18

Springtime on an early American farm was the real beginning of the new year, the time when the cycle of seasons began.  It brought numerous outdoor chores after the long winter – preparing the fields, building fences, early planting… and sheep shearing. On Sunday, April 22, follow the sounds of sheep bleating to the Sheep to Shawl Festival! The process of sheep shearing will be demonstrated by a master shearer, using hand shears as was done in early America. Turning wool into cloth will continue with demonstrations of spinning and weaving.  Visitors may also watch the performance of 18th century farm tasks such as butter churning, wash day, and making the drink known as switchel.  Children can enjoy various games and crafts. An herb sale and a bake sale will be conducted. Free refreshments will be served. Admission is $4 ages 13 and older; $3 ages 3-12 and free age 2 and younger. 1:00 to 4:00/no reservations necessary/rain or shine.

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