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Indulge your farm fantasies at the 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival

Posted by Melissa Massello  April 9, 2013 12:30 PM

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Photo: courtesy of Gore Place

Ever daydream about the days of yore and (what must have been, right?) the simplicity of life on an historic New England farm? Ah, the honest joys of waking at the break of dawn, gazing out on your wide expanse of land filled with a sense of pride, giving your adopted dog an actual job to do, growing your own food, making your own clothes, hammering out the frustrations of the world in a barn workshop...

This month, indulge those farm fantasies and see what rural life is really all about by spending the day at Gore Place in Waltham for the 26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival. on April 27th.

A popular local tradition for the curious of all ages, the Sheepshearing Festival features wagon rides, a crafts fair with 88 artisans and other makers, live country & bluegrass music, traditional Morris Dancers, food vendors, and dozens of demonstrations.


Photo: courtesy of Gore Place

Old and young will enjoy developing an appreciation for skills like sheepshearing (using modern and old-fashioned techniques), historic re-enacting with Colonel Bailey's 2nd MA Regiment 1812 Marine Guard, Border Collie herding, spinning and weaving with historic crafters, and gardening with the Waltham Garden Club. And for budding DIY-ers, Gore Place is also hosting a special kids activities tent for more hands-on crafting.

Watch this video from last year's event, produced by Camp Gardner Films, for a better understanding of what the Sheepshearing Festival is all about:

Gore Place Sheepshearing Festival 2012 from Joel Gardner on Vimeo.

26th Annual Sheepshearing Festival, Saturday April 27th, 2013 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (rain or shine). $15 per person (adults, teens, seniors); children under 12 get in free when accompanied by an adult. Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham MA 02453. For more information, please visit

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Melissa Massello is a newspaper journalist turned startup junkie and lifelong Bostonian who prides herself on her do-it-yourself attitude. From making her prom dress out More »
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