Sheep Shearing Day at the Petaluma Adobe04/11/2018
The annual Sheep Shearing event was held at the Petaluma Adobe on Saturday, April 7. An “atmospheric river” passed over on Friday dumping lots of rain, with a forecast of more to come on Saturday. But that rain never came! Saturday was fair and families flocked (pun intended) to the Adobe, filling the parking lot at an early hour. They watched John Sanchez shear sheep and answer questions about this first step on the path to your wool sweater. One effect of the earlier rain was that the sheep he had intended to shear had gotten wet so he switched to another flock that included some lambs. They were brought along to be with mamma and the children loved that. We even had one goat in attendance. Doug Johnson, our new park restoration specialist, brought Bill, available for petting. With the anticipated rain, arrangements had been made to move the wool crafts stations indoors. The carding, drop spindle, spinning and weaving demonstrators did their best but the spaces were cramped and dark and drew a smaller attendance than in past years. Liliana Lavezzo, our new Parks Interpreter Specialist, had a chance to demonstrate her new skills in carding wool and using the drop spindle.