This is my favorite blog post I have written thus far partly because I
have an irresistible urge to be â€œb-h-a-a-adâ€ and use possibly the
greatest number of puns and idioms in a Barrett blog post, to date. We
are talking about the â€œwoolyâ€ mammoth of outdoor farm festivals in
Massachusetts, and no, itâ€™s not about pre-historic times. Itâ€™s about the
25th Annual Sheepshearing Festival
held Saturday, April 28th, 2012 at Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts
And before you ask, Iâ€™m not pulling the wool over your eyes on this
one; Iâ€™m quite seriousâ€“this event is as popular as a wool sweater in the
dead of winter.
If youâ€™re feeling very sheepish about going, donâ€™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, â€œthe 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 â€˜the Monticello of the Northâ€™ and architectural historians
consider it to be the most significant Federal period mansion in New
England.â€ (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 thereâ€™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 youâ€™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.
- Wagon rides! I donâ€™t care how old you are, wagon rides are ageless
and timeless, from ages 10 to 40, whether youâ€™re three feet or six feet
tall, who doesnâ€™t enjoy a good old fashioned wagon ride.
- There will be a kidsâ€™ 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
andÂ 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
Gore Place, Waltham, Massachusetts
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.