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Philipsburg Manor Hosts Sheep-to-Shawl Festival This Weekend

Historic Hudson Valley begins its spring season this weekend with the  Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor.
Historic Hudson Valley begins its spring season this weekend with the Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor. Photo Credit: Bryan Haeffele

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. – Historic Hudson Valley begins its spring season this weekend with the  Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow.

The annual festival showcases how 18th-century residents created wool from sheep's winter coats.

Families can watch demonstrations of hand shearing, wool dyeing, spinning and weaving. Hands-on activities will be available for kids, and visitors will be able to participate in many of the wool-making processes.

Gene Sheninger will bring several border collies to demonstrate sheep-herding and duck-corralling, while storyteller Jonathan Kruk will be on hand sharing lively tales, Historic Hudson Valley says. Demonstrators will also show how to linen is made from the flax plant.

The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m each day, rain or shine.

Tickets to the event are available online . Admission is $14 for adults, $12 for seniors, $8 for children ages 3 to 17. Historic Hudson Valley members and children under 3 get free admission.

The weekend festival opens the season for Historic Hudson Valley. Other historical sites, including Washington Irving's Sunnyside, Montgomery Place and Kykuit, will open May 4. Van Cortlandt Manor will open July 6.

This year's season also includes new timed tours at Philipsburg Manor, Sunnyside and Van Cortlandt Manor. Officials say it lets visitors secure a tour online so they don't risk having to wait or coming on a sold-out day.

“The overwhelming majority of our on-site visitors first visit us online,” said Michael Lord, associate director of education for Historic Hudson Valley. “We are excited to now offer those visitors the chance to book the exact tour they want at a time that is most convenient for them.”

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