On Saturday May 5th from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation will host a Sheep to Shawl Festival at its Sheep Hill headquarters in Williamstown. *
The Sheep to Shawl festival is a celebration of spring and New England heritage, with local artisans and food producers, farm animals, and a focus on the region’s historic fleece and fiber industry. The legendary Fred DePaul will spin stories while shearing sheep with traditional tools. Shepherds Kristen Whittle and Denise Leonard will demonstrate herding sheep up and around the steep meadows of Sheep Hill using their skilled border collies. Local farms will bring sheep and small farm animals along with delicious home-grown and locally produced products for tasting and purchasing.
The Green Mountain Weavers & Spinners Guild will demonstrate carding, spinning, and weaving throughout the day. Blacksmithing and traditional building techniques will also be showcased. There will be fiber-arts and crafts projects for children and enthusiastic adults. Local farmers and artisans will show and sell their wares, including basketry, hand-made wearable items, jewelry, maple syrup, pastured meats, and fiber products.
Cricket Creek Farm and the Store at Five Corners will offer, artisanal cheeses, fresh baked goods, sandwiches and other delicious edibles available for purchase.
Admission is $7 per individual, $12 per family and $5 per individual and $10 per family for WRLF members. Those who come by bicycle get in free! Become a WRLF member at the gate and receive free admission! All are welcome to enter their admission tickets in a Sheep to Shawl raffle for a ‘locally produced’ prize basket. Proceeds from the Sheep to Shawl Festival support the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation (www.wrlf.org) and its public programming.
The Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation is a non-profit, member-supported land conservation trust working to preserve the rural New England character of the north Berkshire region. It offers programs in natural and cultural history year-round at Sheep Hill and other conservation properties. Sheep Hill is located on Route 7 approximately one mile south of the Williamstown rotary. Look for the sign on the west side of the road.
For more information, visit our website at www.wrlf.org or call Sheep Hill at 413-458-2494. WRLF is grateful for the support of Nature’s Closet for underwriting this event.
* This article was created, in whole or in part, using submitted officially released information.