Last Thursday's mail brought me the much-awaited catalog for the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, which is May 2-3, 2009. My copious use of sticky notes indicates that I've been reading it closely.
There is so much to take in - I wish the festival were longer than two days! There are a number of classes and workshops (some on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of the preceding week), some taught by rock star teachers (Nancy Bush, Judith MacKenzie McCuin, Sally Melville). McCuin is giving a free talk about sheep and how fleece has changed over the centuries. Nilda Callanaupa is demonstrating Andean weaving (read Abby's post about Andean spinning - it is truly fascinating). The regional chapter of the Circular Sock Machine Society of America will demonstrate sock making on antique machines manufactured from the mid-1800s to the 1930s (Steven!!!). There are lots of fun family activities for kids 5+ (plus storytelling for children of all ages). As always, the sheep dog demonstrations will be fun. There is a Parade of Sheep Breeds and the Sheep to Shawl competition. Fine arts, a spin-in, lamb, shearing.... I could go on and on. And I haven't even mentioned yarn yet! Of course, there will be tons of yarn and fiber vendors.
I just love a publication that includes an ad reading "Isn't it time you bought a Border Leicester?" It makes a knitter feel like anything is possible.
Our plan in recent years has been to attend on both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday is Knitters' Day (adults only!) - last year Kristina, Kris and I went together and focused mostly on yarn. Sunday is Family Day - we take everyone and end up looking at a lot of animals.
Kettle corn! Gyros! Funnel cake!