Category Archives: New York

New York State Sheep and Wool Festival This Weekend

While I hate when the weather turns colder and the days are shorter, I always look forward to one thing…the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY.

I look forward to this festival every fall. You can get anything here from fiber for spinning to the most beautiful spinning wheel! It was at Rhinebeck a few years ago that I was able to actually try out a Golding spinning wheel! You can also meet authors, take classes or just wander from barn to barn visiting all the animals.

I will be sure to post a complete report after my visit on Sunday. If you have time to attend, it is definitely worth the trip!

Fiber Arts in the Fall

While it seems that fall has been here in New Jersey for a few weeks now, summer officially comes to a close this weekend. I must say the fall is my favorite time of year with the crisp air, the beautiful leaves and of course…fiber festivals!

On October 24 and 25, the Woods Edge Wool Farm will host its fiber festival on their farm at Stockton, NJ. Admission is free and parking is $5.  The Unitarian Society of Ridgewood will hose its First Annual North Jersey Fiber Arts Festival Friday evening October 2 and Saturday October 3. Amazing fiber artist Leslie Nelle-Urinyime of Wool Mountain Studio will be there with her wonderful freeform hats!

One event I look forward to every year is the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY. The festival is the weekend of October 17th and 18th and isn’t to be missed! I always go on Sunday by taking a bus ride from Jill Deal Yarn in Milford, PA. It is a great way to get to the show and not have to battle traffic or a long car ride.

There are always smaller, local craft and fall festivals and it is a great way to spend a day enjoying the wonderful weather of the fall.

If you know of a festival I haven’t listed here, please share by making a comment and let everyone know about the event!

September 11: Never Forget

As each year passes, it is easy to move on for some. However, for the families, friends and other who lost someone, the wounds are still open and fresh. As someone who grew up in the shadow of the World Trade Center in North Jersey, it still sometimes feels surreal. There’s one particular corner in Belleville, the two where I grew up, where you have a perfect view of the New York City skyline. Whenever I pass that corner, especially in the days after the the towers fell, it always just never felt right.

I hope everyone stops for a moment this morning or during the day and say a prayer for those who lost their lives, those who lost someone, those who server in the military, police, fire fighters, emergency workers, first responders and those who continue to remember. Promise to never forget as the years pass.

God Bless The United States of America