On Saturday, April 23, the rolling hills and river views at Clermont State Historic Site will be alive with the sounds of music and laughter, the smells of hot food, and the brilliant colors of hand-dyed yarns. The Chancellor’s Sheep & Wool Showcase will run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are just $8 per car. Friends of Clermont members pay $6 per car.
The Showcase, one of the historic site’s oldest and most popular annual festivals, has become a springtime tradition for many in the area. For the first time, the showcase will welcome the hip family band Dog OnFleas. This quirky band plays honest, loose, and ingenious music for kids and their adult counterparts. Clermont’s music stage will also welcome back Tamarack, playing traditional folk and Celtic music all morning.
More than two dozen independent vendors have registered for the shopping concourse. Shoppers will be able to find richly-colored knitted and felted shawls, sweaters, and mittens. There will also be a vibrant array of yarns, roving and fiber supplies, along with clever and useful craft accessories. Booths bursting with handmade jewelry, pottery, and soaps will tempt guests from every corner.
Clermont’s demonstrations are the centerpiece of the Showcase, illustrating how wool goes from sheep to shawl. Gather around farmer Fred DePaul as he shears three sheep throughout the day, explaining the history and technique that goes into the task. Herding demonstrations with the highly-trained border collies of Wild Goose Chase will take place on the historic sheep fold in the afternoon, and the members of the Elmendorf Spinners Guild will be at work all day long.
The Showcase is a great place for children, with stories and crafts happening all day long. Children can print their own tee shirts with Indian wood blocks or sign their name to the 2016 Showcase Quilt project. It’s also a great place for them to meet their first sheep!
For more information about the Sheep & Wool Showcase, to volunteer, or for other questions about the Clermont, please call (518) 537-4240 or email Kjirsten.Gustavson@parks.ny.gov.
Clermont State Historic Site features the mansion, formal gardens, scenic
Hudson River views and miles of hiking trails. The Friends of
Clermont is a private, non-profit educational corporation,
founded in 1977 to support and supplement the museum education and historic
preservation programs at Clermont State Historic Site. Designated a National Historic Landmark in
1973, Clermont is one of six historic sites and 13 parks administered by the
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in the
Taconic Region. For more information on
New York State Parks, please visit our websites at www.nysparks.com or www.FriendsofClermont.org.