Sheep-shearing is a great place to begin the conversation with your children about the influences sheep has upon our culture here in New England. Seeing sheep being shorn with traditional tools while listening to tales being spun by the shearer can give kids a unique insight into our regional history and this historical trade. Asking questions about how wool is processed after a sheep has been shorn, and how modern day processing techniques might compare to the techniques used in the Colonial era can support interests and lead to a lot of learning! Check out sheep shearing happening at community events and local farms, some using traditional tools (Wool Days & Sheep to Shawl), others with modern electric tools for comparison (Sheep & Woolcraft Fair).
There are many festivals and wool celebrations that take place in New England throughout the year. Here are a few where you can learn more about raising sheep, fiber production, and processing.
In the early spring, New England history and culture come alive with the arrival of newborn lambs and the shearing of sheep for the production of wool. The wool industry has strong ties to western Massachusetts, with annual events that celebrate our historical past and other events which showcase modern day shepherds and their flocks. Discover community events which take place this spring that are rich in learning opportunities!
The thaw is coming folks…no avoiding it!!! And with the thaw comes maple syrup season with Spring is on its coattails- and then there sheep shearing and all kinds of Spring filled delights! To prepare, tune into our Sheep Shearing & Maple Syrup Episode on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. Turn it up, learn a little and dance a lot!
Listen to Podcast: SHEEP SHEARING & MAPLE SYRUP EPISODE Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am March 9th & 10th, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA Archived Podcasts ♦Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter Lunch Money – “Wake Up, World” – Dizzy Pete Seeger – “Maple Syrup Time” – Seeds: The Songs of Pete Seeger Kitty Donohoe – “Maple Syrup” – Bunyan and Banjoes Phil Rosenthal – “Buffalo… Read More
Honor Your Woolies It is quite possible that you have on a wool sweater, right now! You might even buy sweaters from consignment shops to make cute little wool pants for your toddler. Thank goodness for sheep, farmers, and wool. We would all be colder without them. In the next few months, you might be able to put your woolies away until next winter. What better way to commemorate the event than… Read More
Discover fun and educational events happening this week in Western Mass, along with announcements, upcoming events, links, resources and the HFVS podcast. SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. The events below are “suggested.” Please take the time to confirm that these events are happening,… Read More
Sheep shearing at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA: SUGGEST AN EVENT If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page. FEATURED EVENT Martial Arts for Women: Hilltown Families listserv member Nancy Rothenberg from Spirit of the Heart (better know for her outstanding martial arts classes for children) is offering a… Read More
Listen to Podcast: SHEEP SHEARING & MAPLE SYRUP EPISODE Shearing the sheep and skirting the fleece at Red Gate Farm in Buckland, MA. Click on photo to see more images. (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfie Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Feb. 28th, 2009 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA New Podcasts ♦ Archived Podcasts ♦ Subscribe to Podcast Radio ♦ Facebook ♦ Twitter Lunch Money – “Wake Up,… Read More