Move over, headless horseman, the sheep are coming! Sleepy Hollow is home to not one, but two, annual sheep shearing events: Sheep Shearing Festival at Stone Barns and Sheep to Shawl at Philipsburg Manor.
Sheep to Shawl. Philipsburg Manor, 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591, 914-631-8200 weekdays, 914-631-3992 weekends. April 14-15 and 21-22, 2012. 10 am to 5 pm. Celebrate the arrival of spring on the farm! Scottish border collies display their amazing skills with sheep-herding demonstrations throughout the day, while newborn lambs frolic, much to the delight of children. Explore each step in the process of turning wool into cloth using 18th-century techniques: shearing fleece, dyeing wool, spinning, and weaving.
Kids can try their hands at 18th century entertainment, like rolling hoops and stilts, and storyteller Jonathan Kruk is on hand to regale audiences with local tales.
Sheep Shearing Festival. Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, 630 Bedford Road Pocantico Hills, NY 10591, 914-366-6200. Saturday, April 28, 2012, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Celebrate Spring at Stone Barns Center’s Annual Sheep Shearing Festival! Watch and ask questions as farmers shear the Stone Barns flock of Finn-Dorset sheep. Enjoy family-friendly wool and weaving activities all day long: visit sheep and wool education stations, watch spinners at work, learn to comb and card wool, and experiment at mini-loom and felting stations. Join farmers and educators for tours of the farm and demonstrations like egg collecting, pig feeding and planting seedlings in the field. Sample a variety of sheep’s milk cheese and yogurt. Artisanal lunch items and treats will be available for cash purchase from local vendors in the Farmers Market. Tickets are required, and this event often sells out. $12/child, $15/adult. Stone Barns member pre-sale begins Monday, March 5. General ticket sales begin Monday, March 19.