Sheep Fest

Weatherbury Farm Vacation

Four years of Sheep Fest!

We regret that Sheep Fest will not be held in 2016. However, we do have many sheep roaming the farm -- come for  an overnight farm vacation!

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"Wool dyers, rug makers, weavers and spinners were all delighted to share hints and techniques while folk music pleasantly filled the hillside."  The Almanac (July 31, 2002)

We regret that Sheep Fest will not be held in 2016. However, we do have many sheep roaming the farm -- come for  an overnight farm vacation!



Scenes from Sheep Fest

Festival visitors are an enthusiastic lot -- eager to learn new crafts or ascertain tips from our vendors.

In 2004, even in the pouring rain on Saturday, a nice crowd attended. Sunday's sunshine brought out many folk, including Mary Jo, pictured at left.

Mary Jo was so looking forward to Sheep Fest that she made this great T shirt.

The 4th annual Sheep Fest at Weatherbury Farm  was held on September 10 and 11, 2005  to celebrate the heritage of wool and sheep in Washington County, Pennsylvania.  

Throughout much of the nineteenth century, the Upper Ohio Valley was the premier sheep raising area in the country, producing a high quality wool which achieved world-wide recognition. 

Focusing on wool and related fiber arts, Sheep Fest has on-going traditional demonstrations of spinning, weaving, wool dyeing, felting,  rug-making, bobbin lace making, quilting and knitting & crocheting; hands-on opportunities and educational displays about sheep, wool and fiber arts. Folk music will be ongoing.


Demonstrators 2005

ALPACAS: THE BURNS FAMILY  brought to alpacas to Sheepfest and had alpaca items for sale.

BOBBIN LACEMany festival visitors tried their hand at  this traditional form of weaving, where each thread is attached to a bobbin so its individual path can be controlled. The FIVE RIVERS BOBBIN LACEMAKERS  demonstrated more complex bobbin lace weaving.

CROCHETING, KNITTING & CROSS-STITCHING: SARAH AND DAVE GRUMBINE helped festival visitors get started or with problems in their work.  They had scarves for sale SARAH  also had matted prints of farm-related paintings for sale.

FELTING, NATURAL DYEING, WEAVING A SCARF & MORE: DEB ARBUCKLE & LINDA JONES (SHADYSIDE FARM & MILL)  were involved in multiple demonstrations. They also had yarn & woolen items from the farm flock and other local fibers. (SUNDAY ONLY)

NEEDLE FELTING: KRIS & ASHLEY SAVAGE Traditional felt making uses water, soap and agitation to form a fabric item. Needle felting is a newer technique which uses dry wool and felting needle. Kris & Ashley had felt kits, spinning books, rovings and handspun yarn for sale.

RUG HOOKING: STEPHANIE GIBSON OF THE HOOKERY  demonstrated rug hooking and had hooked rug designs and sundries for sale.
  SHEEP SHEARING:  BRINTON BEDILLION  sheared sheep on Sunday from 11 am - 1 pm.

QUILTING MARJORIE BEAUMARRIAGE  inherited twenty-five quilt tops 15 years ago and has been quilting ever since. She worked on a white baby quilt at Sheep Fest.

SHEEP: MARYLOU WILLIAMS (THE ROSEFIELD) brought sheep and was spinning & weaving on a triangle loom. She also had supplies and finished products for sale.

SHUTTLE MAKING: ED LEMLEY  has been whittling for 20 years and whittled shuttles at sheep fest. He will had shuttle earrings for sale.


UPHOLSTERY : BARB ADKINS  brings 20 years of upholstery experience and worked on an upholstery project. She had sample fabrics and answers to festival visitors questions about techniques.

Musicians 2005

BILL SCHILLING has been singing and playing various folk instruments for over 30 years for audiences of all ages from coast to coast. BILL plays guitar, autoharp, octave mandolin, hammered and lap dulcimers, bowed psaltries, banjo guitar, ukuleles, recorders, jug and an assortment of inexpensive or homemade instruments. He is the founder of the Salem, Ohio Dulci-More Folk and Traditional Musicians, and the Dulci-More Folk Festival. Bill is the music coordinator for Sheep Fest and Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm and will be performing solo and with others. BILL has performed at all four Sheep Fests.

THE CROOKED PITCHFORK  returned to Sheep Fest playing tunes and songs that touch on rural life and crafts, a mix of Celtic and folk, both traditional tunes played by Thomas Hardy, and traditional southwestern PA fiddle tunes. PAT DIAMOND, who discovered the joy of making her own music at the age of 48, plays guitar and mandolin. JIM MILLER started playing penny whistle, flutes, and assorted wind instruments in the mid-80s, after escorting his daughter to Irish dance competitions throughout Ohio and surrounding states. PAT & JIM  play some terrific original songs about farming and fiber arts and are joined us for the fourth year.

SWEET SOUNDS -- PAT CARNAHAN plays lap dulcimer, harmonica, guitar, ukulele, and more. SUE SABATINO plays lap and hammered dulcimers, whistles, and percussion. Both add to the Sweet Sounds with their voices; we are delighted that they will be joined us again (for the fourth time) at Sheep Fest.

HEARTSTRINGS - A  songwriting/performing duo formed in 2004 consisting of EARL BRUBACHER and LEANNA MATHES. They both play guitar and sing, with Leanna sometimes playing Appalachian lap dulcimer. Original songs, as well as other favorite tunes (to tug at your "heartstrings," of course) were featured. Leanna has folk music roots, and Earl comes from a gospel/bluegrass background. This makes for very interesting music! EARL and LEANNA joined us for the second year at Sheep Fest IV.
  SUTCH SOUNDS -- ADAM & MICHELLE SUTCH AND RON & DARLENE HOWES are a three generational family of musicians who joined in the music of Sheep Fest for the first time in 2005. ADAM and his mother MICHELLE play hammer dulcimer; grandfather RON plays lead guitar while grandmother DARLENE plays rhythm guitar.

MERLE HENRY AND FRIENDS -- MERLE AND LORRAINE HENRY on guitar, ART DIFRANCESCO on stand-up bass AND LINDA DIFRANCESCO on autoharp, appeared for the first time in 2005 . Their circle of music embraces Classic Country, Gospel, Bluegrass and Traditional Folksongs.  They play and sing out of sheer love and admiration for roots oriented music.

RUBBIE GREENEWALD is a singer and a songwriter...whose style is finger picking folk style music on a guitar. While, folk and gospel are his main music, he also likes  those jazzy 7th chords that were a big part of the music of the songwriters of the 70's. This was his first appearance at Sheep Fest.

MARCY TUDOR is the director of Sheep Fest and also plays the hammered dulcimer. She will join SARAH & DAVE GRUMBINE AND BONNIE SANFORD in playing the 4 part Tallis Canon. The four were members of   Folk Music at Weatherbury Farm's Spring 2005 Hammered Dulcimer Workshop conducted by Madeline MacNeal. Maddie  arranged the piece they will be playing.

Exhibits 2005




Food 2005


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Weatherbury Farm
1061 Sugar Run Road
Avella, Pennsylvania 15312

Sheepfest celebrates the heritage of sheep in southwestern Pennsylvania. Fiber-related arts and crafts for sale, demonstrations, hands-on opportunities.

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