Sheep Shearing Family Day - May 12, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2018


Contact: Marie Cheek


Community Relations Coordinator, Culture & Heritage Museums


www.chmuseums.org


803.818.6767 mcheek@chmuseums.org


It’s time to shear the Gulf Coast sheep at Historic Brattonsville


Learn all about spinning, dyeing and weaving with wool on “Sheep Shearing Family Day”


McCONNELLS, S.C. - The Gulf Coast sheep at Historic Brattonsville will be getting an 18th century-style shearing on “Sheep Shearing Family Day.” Along with hand-shearing the heritage breed sheep will be demonstrations on the many processes of turning raw wool into finished textiles. Period dressed interpreters will be busy sorting the wool and then cleaning, carding, spinning, dyeing, weaving and sewing throughout the day.


“Sheep Shearing Family Day” explores the wooly world of traditional textile arts. Beth Melton, a longtime volunteer at the site and a regionally acclaimed fiber artist, will be showcasing her work and expertise as an accomplished weaver. The Piedmont Fiber Guild will be presenting an array of traditional and contemporary fiber arts.


The annual family-friendly event will have spring lambs and other furry farm animals to pet.


Laugh-out-loud as nationally acclaimed story teller Tim Lowry spins a yarn in another way.


Chappell’s Snack Shack food truck will be onsite.


“Sheep Shearing Day” on May 12, 2018 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


Admission: Adult $8; Senior $7; Youth 4-17 $5; CHM members and children 3 and under admitted FREE. 


Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726. www.chmuseums.org 803.684.2327.


Images: Historic Brattonsville’s Gulf Coast sheep get an 18th century-style shearing. The heritage breed sheep have spring lambs – it’s a good time to visit the 800-acre Carolina Backcountry plantation. Tim Lowry is an American humorist nationally recognized for his “southern seersucker style” story telling. Beth Melton, a regionally acclaimed fiber artist, will be showcasing her work and expertise as an accomplished weaver. Historically dressed interpreters get back to their knitting on Sheep Shearing Family day.


For high resolution images, contact Marie Cheek.