Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor April 22-23

SLEEPY HOLLOW, NY (March 27, 2017) — There’s no surer sign of spring on a farm than sheep shearing! Philipsburg Manor’s Sheep-to-Shawl event will welcome the season and celebrate all things wooly on Saturday and Sunday, April 22-23, 10am-5pm.

From fiber to fashion, visitors can experience the entire process of turning wool into cloth, watching as sheep are shorn by hand and getting a chance to dye and weave yarn – all done just like it was in the 18th century.

On the grounds, Scottish border collies demonstrate their sheep- and duck- herding savvy, and new this year, furry alpacas from Faraway Farm join the menagerie. Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk regales the crowds with lively tales and HHV’s own expert costume designer judges a can’t-miss fashion show featuring 18th-century outfits. There are plenty of hands-on activities for kids, including wool-themed crafts and a dress-up area to try on reproduction 1700s clothing.

In the Manor House, the exhibit Wearable Wealth: The Value of Cloth and Clothing in the 18th Century, will help visitors understand just how precious fabric goods were for colonial Americans.

Geordane’s of Irvington will offer a full lunch menu including Shepard’s Pie and veggie chili. The Blue Pig of Croton will dish up locally-sourced, homemade ice cream.

Visitors can shop from guest vendors, including Flying Fingers, Martha North, Spin City, and Faraway Farm.

Sheep-to-Shawl takes place rain or shine. If purchased in advance online, admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $6 for children ages 3-17. Members of Historic Hudson Valley and children under 3 attend for free. Onsite prices are $2 more per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at www.hudsonvalley.org.

Sheep-to-Shawl kicks off the spring season for Historic Hudson Valley’s network of National Historic Landmarks. Philipsburg Manor and Washington Irving’s Sunnyside will open to the public for tours beginning Wednesday, May 3, while the Union Church of Pocantico Hills opens Saturday, April 1, and Van Cortlandt Manor on Friday, June 30. Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site with tours given by Historic Hudson Valley, begins its season on Thursday, May 4.

More about Philipsburg Manor
In 1750, Philipsburg Manor, which includes a working water-powered gristmill and new world Dutch barn, was home to 23 enslaved individuals known to have lived and labored there. It is the country’s only living history museum that focuses on the history of northern slavery. Philipsburg Manor is at 381 North Broadway (Route 9) in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., two miles north of the Tappan Zee Bridge. Information: 914-366-6900, www.hudsonvalley.org.

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