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25th annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place

See the sheep at the Sheepshearing Festival
See the sheep at the Sheepshearing Festival
Bruce S. Allen

This weekend, on Saturday, April 28 is the 25th annual Sheepshearing Festival at Gore Place in Waltham. Activities for the day include a crafts fair with 88 vendors, sheepshearing demonstrations, spinning and weaving demonstrations and more. Visitors will enjoy the performers, live music and historic re-enactors.

Knitters will be particularly interested in the two fiber tents. The tempting products presented include knitting and crocheting supplies, wool yarns, and handspun yarns. There will also be demonstrations of wool dying, spinning, rug making, and needle felting.

The Sheepshearing Festival is located at Gore Place at 52 Gore Street in Waltham, from 10 am to 5 pm (rain or shine) on Saturday, April 28. Admission is $15 per person, children 12 and under accompanied by an adult are free. Parking is free, with shuttle service provided by the Watch City Trolley.

Gore Place is a lovely setting for this event. It is the former house estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore. The mansion, built in 1806, is a beautiful representative of the Federal period.

The festival is a perennial favorite for families. Children of all ages enjoy the family-friendly activities, demonstrations and performances. Special activities for children will be provided by Beth Guertin, of A Place to Weave and the Waltham Garden Club.

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