Today's Idea
Sunday, May 19, 2019

10th Fleece and Fiber Fair

The North Fork of Long Island is especially gorgeous in spring, and if you’re looking for a good excuse to get out and enjoy it – and get something out of what you’re enjoying – the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair may be for you.

The Fleece and Fiber Fair is a cooperative effort between the Hallockville Museum Farm and Long Island Yarn and Farm, and is two full days of family-friendly demonstrations and hands-on learning that touch on every kind of fiber arts activity. You can meet the animals (sheep. llamas, alpacas and even angora rabbits); learn about sheep herding and shearing; see raw material being carded, spun and dyed; and watch knitters, felters, weavers, quilters and rug-hookers. And naturally, you can buy handmade supplies and products at the Naugles Barn Fiber Market.

Part of the enjoyment is the place itself, as the Hallockville Museum Farm includes historic buildings that date back to 1765. And relaxing in the picnic area shaded by apple trees as you munch on freshly-prepared goodies from the local food vendors may be every bit as attractive an activity as any of the fascinating options outlined in the previous paragraph.

The Fair is a two-day affair – May 18 and 19 -- from 10 am to 4 pm each day. Tickets ($6 adults; $4 ages 5-12) are available at the gate. All members of the family are welcome except Fido, who may not mix well with the farm animals.