What is it about sheep shearing? Once a mundane source of income for many area farmers producing wool, modern suburbanites flock to the flocks to see sheep shorn and spinners spin as entertainment.
The annual Sheep Shearing Day at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills April 28 was sold out long ago. But there’s the Philipsburg Manor’s Sheep to Shawl Day this coming weekend in Sleepy Hollow, Sheep-shearing, dyeing wool, and weaving cloth are just some of the weekend’s activities. Scottish border collies display their skills with sheepherding demonstrations throughout the day while newborn lambs frolic. Visitors are invited to explore each step in the process of turning wool into cloth using 18th-century techniques.
photo: James Bowe on flickr