2007-05-03 / Upcoming Events

Sheep shearing day coming to Watson Farm

Celebrate spring at Watson Farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day on Saturday, May 12, from noon to 4 p.m.

Historic New England invites the public to this special pre-season Open Farm Day at Watson Farm. It will be a great opportunity to watch shearer Lara Sullivan as she removes the fleece from sheep in the farm flock. Many young lambs and baby chicks await visitors in the barnyard. Visitors may enjoy hiking the scenic pastures, which meander past the herd of Red Devon cattle down to the shores of Narragansett Bay.

Spinners and weavers will be on hand to show their skill in the fiber arts. Members from the Rhode Island Spinners Guild will be gathering to demonstrate from "sheep to shawl," and answer questions. Visitors are invited to try their hand at using a drop spindle. There will be fiber fun activities for children and refreshments will be available. This is a wonderful way to enjoy a family day on the farm.

Admission is $5 per car. For more information, contact Watson Farm at 423-0005.

The Watson Farm is a 265-acre working farm located at 455 North Main Rd. It is owned by Historic New England, a museum of cultural history. Historic New England preserves, interprets and collects buildings, landscapes and objects reflecting New England life from the 17th century to the present for the enjoyment of all. For more information, go to www.historicnewengland.org.

The Watson Farm opens for the season in June. The hours will be June 1 through Oct. 15, Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is $4 per adult, $3 for seniors, $2 for students, and children six and under are free.

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