The Shearing Day Celebration was a huge success, thanks in large part to all the wonderful people who attended. I have always believed that the best way to throw a party is to put out good food, good drinks and invite a good group of people; the rest will take care of itself.


Believe it our not, I didn’t take many pictures. I was running around- making sure people felt welcome, checking to be sure we had enough forks, and generally squealing like a teen-ager at an Elvis concert whenever a shareholder introduced themselves to me. Erin, Patrick, Heidi, Jeff, Zoe and our new volunteer apprentice Owen deserve all the credit for keeping things moving and fun.

We were also blessed by our demonstrators. Kathleen and her husband John (who should be nominated for sainthood for coming up with a solution to our treacherous bridge problem) came to the party in authentic Revolutionary War costume and set up a campsite like the soldiers would have slept in. Kathleen gave spinning demos all the live long day. It was just lovely and I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of them in their gear.

Hans and Philip, two local clergymen, spinners and weavers, also demoed the day away, creating a stunning scarf from our Kid Mohair/Cormo blend yarn in the Holly Berry colorway and fleece straight off Miss Linda. The pattern is just gorgeous- I’ll take a picture tomorrow. I’m thinking of auctioning it off on ebay as a fundraiser for our non-profit initiative IF I can bring myself to part with it.

The John Jay High School Sax Ensemble played a 45 minute set during lunch and they were fantastic. I admit I was a little skeptical when Harry asked if they could play but boy am I glad they did. Everyone loved them. Harrison’s own band played for the rest of the day and they were warmly received as well.

It was such a lovely thing to look around our farm and see children wading in the creek, families crashed out on picnic blankets and Heidi’s husband Sean dozing in the sun in an Adirondack chair. Everyone was so respectful of the property and we didn’t find one stray piece of trash anywhere. (Y’all’s mamas did a great job raising you. I hope you called and thanked her today.)

All in all, it was a great day and will be something we do again and again. Thank you for being a part of it.