Sheep-To-Shawl Festival At Philipsburg Manor Kicks Off April 12

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Philipsburg Manor's Sheep-to-Shawl festival is set to kick off the season on April 12.
Philipsburg Manor's Sheep-to-Shawl festival is set to kick off the season on April 12. Photo Credit: Courtesy Bryan Haeffele

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- Philipsburg Manor's Sheep-to-Shawl festival is set to kick off the season on Saturday, April 12. 

The festival "celebrates all things wooly sheep" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April  13. The spring event features new exhibits, including Wearable Wealth: The Value of Cloth and Clothing in the 18th Century.

"Through activities and hands-on displays in the site’s manor house, this interactive exhibit will help visitors understand just how precious fabric goods were for colonial Americans," representatives said in a release. "In fact, colonists were the ultimate recyclers! Textiles of all kinds were expensive treasures that were used, re-used, and re-purposed again."

Other exhibits include a photo opportunity for kids, a fashion show and food trucks from Rockland Roots, Rachel's Gourmet and The Blue Pig of Croton-On-Hudson.

"Outside on the grounds, agile Scottish border collies will demonstrate not only their sheep herding savvy, but their ability to corral ducks," representatives said. "And of course, sheep ready to lose their winter coats will be shorn by hand just like they were in the 18th century while costumed interpreters demonstrate wool dyeing, spinning, and weaving, and lead special hands-on activities for children."

Sheep-to-Shawl visitors can see the entire process of making wool cloth and participate in many stages of the process: picking and carding the wool, spinning and dyeing yarn and weaving it into cloth, representatives said. 

Sheep-to-Shawl is rain or shine and kicks off the spring season for Historic Hudson Valley’s network of sites. Philipsburg Manor will open to the public for general tours beginning Saturday, May 3. Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $8 for children ages 3 to 17. Tickets can be purchased online at the Historic Hudson Valley website. 

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