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1st Annual Wool Festival: A Celebration of the Wool Harvest

May 17 @ 10:00 am - May 18 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for an amazing celebration of wool and fiber coming this spring to the heart of WoolLand.

We are so impressed by the amazing wool fleeces coming from this region we want to share the wonders of wool with everyone. May is our peak shearing season, a natural harvest time for wools. Learn about how fiber growers and artists trade and sell fleeces from raw, to washed, to carded, to handspun yarns and felted fabrics. Artisan crafted wool goods available will include clothing, bedding, home accessories, blankets, rugs, handspun yarns and more.

In addition to “EVERYTHING WOOL” we will showcase some of the best local foods, cheeses and wines coming from within 1-5 mile radius of our little town.

If that is not enough, put your creative hats on and get ready for educational demonstrations all the way from shearing to grading and classifying wool, spinning, weaving and more.

Help us celebrate the wonderful fibers being grown right here in our own North Bay Fibershed and build public awareness of the wonders of wool from clothing, to bedding and beyond. WE can bring back our own local economy of sustainable ‘FARM TO HOME’ goods. LET’S DO IT TOGETHER!

Downtown Valley Ford, on the border of Marin and Sonoma County. We are located at 14390 Hwy 1, Valley Ford, between Pt. Reyes and Bodega Bay, just 25 minutes from Petaluma and Santa Rosa.

If you would like to be a vender, please download the application (updated March 16th, 2014), fill it out, and send it in!

SCHEDULE

FREE TO THE PUBLIC 10AM TO 5 PM!

Saturday

11:00 am
Sheep shearing with Johnny Sanchez and Jack Strozzi
11:30 am
Evaluating Fleeces with Casey Mazzucchi
12:00 pm
Demonstration of washing wool, picking and carding
12:00 pm
Demonstrations of spinning and weaving ongoing throughout the day
1:00pm
Preparing a Fleece for fairs and shows with **Dr. Stephanie Larson
2 pm
Learn about the wonders of wool, its healthy properties for bedding, clothing, insulation, and upholstery with Ariana Strozzi and Casey Mazzucchi in the Mill

**Dr. Stephanie Larson is the Director of University of California Cooperative Extension Sonoma County and Livestock and Range Management Advisor. In this position, she directs all research and extension programs in Sonoma County and in Sonoma and Marin Counties; she develops and implements projects that integrate livestock production and management with rangelands utilization. She specializes in sheep marketing and predator management. She also teaches the Santa Rosa Junior College Sheep Science class. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Rangeland Management.

ALL DAY

Learn how to needle felt at our felting booth offered by the Mill. For only $10 you can make a simple felted project and learn how easy and fun needle felting is. Easy for all ages over 4 years old. Felting supplies also available for purchase

Buy and sell fleeces at our Fleece Booth managed by the Mill

Sunday

11:00 am
Sheep shearing with Johnny Sanchez and Jack Strozzi
11:30 am
Evaluating Fleeces with Casey Mazzucchi
12:00 pm
Demonstration of washing wool, picking and carding
2 pm
Learn about the wonders of wool, its healthy properties for bedding, clothing, insulation, and upholstery with Ariana Strozzi and Casey Mazzucchi in the mill

ALL DAY

Learn how to needle felt at our felting booth offered by the Mill. For only $10 you can make a simple felted project and learn how easy and fun needle felting is. Easy for all ages over 4 years old. Felting supplies also available for purchase

Buy and sell fleeces at our Fleece Booth managed by the Mill

Demonstrations of spinning and weaving ongoing throughout the day

Ramblers Way Trunk Show

Ramblers Way will host a an elaborate “Trunk Show” at the festival where you can ask all the questions you might have about their fine products which include durability, comfort ability and excellent quality. Best, is that you, like me, will be AMAZED at the silky softness! You can also find Ramblers Way’s high quality products inside the Mercantile at any time.

Ramblers Way comes from Tom & Kate Chappell, the founders of Tom’s of Maine natural personal care products, who have developed a wool clothing line from Rambouillet sheep that provides a ‘rare superfine grade wool’ that is soft, durable and has you feelin oh so fine when wearing it!

PARTICIPATING VENDORS SO FAR!

Gypsy Cheese Co. (Website, Facebook)

Quantum Culture (Website)

Ramblers Way (Website, Facebook)

Weirauch Farm & Creamery (Website, Facebook)

Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery (Website, Facebook)

Haute Bohemian, Heidi Baron Godoff (WebsiteFacebook

Beesybee Fibers ~ Patricia Briceño (WebsiteFacebookEtsy)

Bodega Pastures ~ Hazel Flett

Fibershed ~ (WebsiteFacebook)

Hen’s Teeth & Horses Feathers ~ Beula Williams (Etsy)

Sonoma Wool Company ~ Amy Chesnut (Website, Facebook)

Royal Hare ~ Karen Emrey ~ (Website, Facebook, Etsy)

Kelly Burke

The Bone Broth Company ~ Cesar Vernier ~ (Facebook)

Maya’s Hemp Wears ~ Maya Whitley

Red Creek Farm ~ Peggy Agnew

Fleece to Garment ~ Robin Chapin (Website, Facebook)

Tactile Sensations ~ Marta Shannon (Facebook)

Balls and Skeins ~ Pam Marshall (Website, Facebook)

theGreenGrocer ~ Joe Rueter (Website 1, Website 2, Facebook)

Natural Touch ~ Judy Tomsky (Website, Facebook)

MUSIC:

Saturday, May 17th
Whiskey and Circumstance (Website, Facebook)

Sunday, May 18th
Free Peoples (Website, Facebook)

MEDIA:

Steve Garner and Chef John Ash host Good Food Hour, featuring Ariana Strozzi, Casey Mazzucchi with other guests are Kristy Hinton of Bone Broth and Lauren Bowne of Gypsy Cheese. KSRO Radio Saturday May 10th at 11am! (Facebook)

1st Annual Wool Festival Celebrating the Wool Harvest
Article on the Sonoma County Gazette website, May 1, 2014
Read here

Bay Area’s locally grown fibers go straight to bedding
Article on SFGate, May 9, 2014
Read here

Got Fleece?
Article on CNCH written and photographed by Suyin Stein the Roving Reporter, May 2014
Read here

Details

Start:
May 17, 2014 10:00 am
End:
May 18, 2014 5:00 pm

Venue

Valley Ford Wool Mill
Phone:
707-338-9817
14390 Highway 1, Valley Ford, CA 94972 United States
Website:
http://valleyfordwoolmill.com

Refunds on cancellations made on public programs (whether public or by private engagement) and accommodations are dependent on date of cancellation. Cancellations made between 0 and 40 days of start date of the program will receive no refund. Cancellations made between 41 and 59 days can receive a refund of 35%. Cancellations made 60 days or more before start date can receive a refund of 80% of registration fees paid.