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Celebrating local culture through sheep & wool

24 April 2015

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) – There are plenty of community events that celebrate local culture through the lens of sheep and wool!
Sienna Wildfield is the founder of Hilltown Families and she joined us with more.

Lambs
Springtime is lambing season. For three weeks families are invited to come to Hancock Shaker Village for a lively gathering of newborn lambs and other baby farm animals in their 1826 Round Stone Barn.

Sheep Shearing
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.

Check out the sheep shearing taking place at any one of the above mentioned events, some with traditional tools (Wool Days & Sheep to Shawl), others with modern electric tools for comparison (Sheep and Woolcraft Fair).

Sheep Herding
Both Sheep to Shawl and the Sheep & Woolcraft Fair will have demonstrations of sheep herding in their meadows with skilled border collies.

Colonial History
At Wool Days, get a glimpse into life during the early Colonial Era when sheep were shorn in the spring for their wool to be gathered, carded, spun, dyed, and used to make clothes and linens.

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