2009-04-23 / News

Sheep shearing is a sure sign of spring

Celebrate spring at Watson Farm's annual Sheep Shearing Day on Saturday, May 9, from noon to 4 p.m.

Historic New England invites the public to this special preseason open farm day at Watson Farm. It is a great opportunity to watch sheep being shorn, meet the baby lambs and see baby chicks.

Nick Robertson from North Meadow Farm will be offering hayrides. Carpenters Gristmill will be on hand to help visitors discover a taste for historic Rhode Island with Johnny Cakes hot off the griddle. Also, Sagewood Herb Farm will be there with its traditional healing herbs. There will be plants for sale and lots of information to share.

Spinners and weavers will demonstrate their skills in the fiber arts. Guests can try their hand at using a drop spindle and spinning yarn.

Admission is $10 per car. Parking is limited.

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 and the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. 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.

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

For more information, call 423-0005 or visit www.historicnewengland. org.

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