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By Barrett Sotheby's Realty | Broker in Concord, MA

Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham

This is my favorite blog post I have written thus far partly because I have an irresistible urge to be “b-h-a-a-ad” and use possibly the greatest number of puns and idioms in a Barrett blog post, to date. We are talking about the “wooly” mammoth of outdoor farm festivals in Massachusetts, and no, it’s not about pre-historic times. It’s about the 25th Annual Sheepshearing Festival held Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts. And before you ask, I’m not pulling the wool over your eyes on this one; I’m quite serious–this event is as popular as a wool sweater in the dead of winter.

If you’re feeling very sheepish about going, don’t be! In addition to being a great event for the whole family, I can even recommend going by yourself. I did just that at a similar event a few weeks ago, as research for this post. Woolapalooza, a fundraising event for Drumlin Farm, was held in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Gore Place, “the Federal period, historic house and estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore, includes a small farm with sheep, goats and poultry. The elegantly furnished mansion has been called ‘the Monticello of the North’ and architectural historians consider it to be the most significant Federal period mansion in New England.” (goreplace.org) The festival will include sheepshearing exhibitions given by Kevin Ford, who will show the traditional technique using handshears, and Andy Rice, who will show more contemporary methods using electric shearers. Dave Kennard will be putting his border collies to the test and demonstrating sheep herding, which in my opinion, is a must see, based on my experience at Woolapalooza.

Now, that can be just the beginning to a fun filled day because there’s more, a lot more to do. For starters, or thirds in our case, there will be a craft fair consisting of 88 local crafters and their wonderful array of orts, fragments, and handmade treasures. If contemporary crafting is not your thing, than you’re in luck, because there will be historic crafters demonstrating how things were done in the days of ole.

As previously mentioned, this is a great event for the family and here are two solid reasons to bring the kids.
  1. Wagon rides! I don’t care how old you are, wagon rides are ageless and timeless, from ages 10 to 40, whether you’re three feet or six feet tall, who doesn’t enjoy a good old fashioned wagon ride.
  2. There will be a kids’ tent with activities; puppets and a puppet parade and Beth Guertin will be doing a hands-on weaving demonstration for kids, not only fun, but educational.

There will also be historic reenactments with American Revolutionary and USS Constitution 1812 Marine Guard encampments; live music from Pine Hill Ramblers and Moody Street String Band; The Commonwealth Morris Men Dancers; New England Disc Dogs Club and plenty of food vendors to help keep your energy up throughout the day. So pack your bags, pull up those wool socks, and get in line for one of the best days ewe will have this spring.

Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts
Sheepshearing Festival
Saturday, April 28, 2012
10am to 5pm (Rain or Shine)
$15 per person, adults, teens and seniors.
Children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Free parking.

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