Brookside Museum Bringing Back Sheep to Shawl

06/23/2021

Brookside Museum Bringing Back Sheep to Shawl

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You probably remember it from a field trip in elementary school and it’s been a tradition in Ballston Spa since the 1970s. Now, after COVID-19, it’s back!

On Sunday, June 27th from 12:00pm-4:00pm, the Sheep to Shawl program is returning to Brookside Museum for their grand reopening weekend. According to the Saratogian, “sheep, lambs, farmers, herders, and shearers, including the famous Fred the Shearer, will assemble on the museum’s front lawn to demonstrate every facet of sheep husbandry, shearing, and weaving to produce the wool clothing that was so ubiquitous in colonial America.”

Sheep to Shawl is an event that has been at the Brookside Museum since 1979, can you believe that? Though I’m sure we all remember going during one of our school trips, the History Center staff hasn’t opened up the experience for school groups just yet. The upcoming event is a family-friendly event that is free and open to the public.

“I hope that people of all ages who have memories of past Sheep to Shawl programs will return to Brookside to join us again,” director of education Anne Clothier said in a press release, “and we look forward to welcoming new folks who want to make new memories.”

Admission to the museum is free but donations are appreciated.


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