Thursday, 24 June 2021 13:27

Sheep to Shawl Returns to Ballston Spa

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BALLSTON SPA — The long-running interactive “Sheep to Shawl” program at Brookside Museum is making its return with a special Family Day as part of the weekend’s celebration of the museum’s grand reopening.

Sheep, lambs, farmers, herders, and shearers will assemble on Brookside’s lush front lawn to demonstrate every facet of sheep husbandry, shearing, and weaving to produce the wool clothing that was so ubiquitous in colonial America. The event takes place noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 27. 

Sheep to Shawl is an interactive, family-friendly event.  Young and the young-at-heart will have fun petting the sheep, meeting farmers, and participating in demonstrations.  The event is free and open to the public. 

Debuting in 1979, Sheep to Shawl quickly became a staple of area school field trips.  As soon as public health policy permits, History Center staff will once again offer the unique learning experience for school groups.  “I hope that people of all ages who have memories of past Sheep to Shawl programs will return to Brookside to join us again,” notes Director of Education Anne Clothier, in a statement.  “And we look forward to welcoming new folks who want to make new memories.”

Brookside Museum is located at the west end of Front Street in historic Ballston Spa.  Admission is free, though donations are appreciated.  For more information telephone 518-885-4000, visit, or follow on social media: Twitter, @SaratogaCoHist; Instagram, SaratogaCountyHistory.

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