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2017 Festival
June 10th & 11th
10 am – 5 pm

Join us at
Butternut Hill Campground
6893 State Highway 20 in Bouckville 13310

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In Memoriam

 

I regret to have to share with you the news that Viv Fulton passed away on Thursday, June 22nd. Viv was the secretary for CNY Fiber Artists & Producers and one of the primary forces behind the annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival. If you have visited this page before, you have read Viv’s words, as she accepted submitting website updates as one of her many responsibilities. I think she enjoyed that, as she was a tireless ambassador for the festival and for fiber farmers and fiber artists in Central NY.

 

Viv and her husband Bob began raising llamas in 1985, after a decade or so working with sheep. Viv’s passion for weaving began shortly after the llamas arrived, and she happily shared that love through workshops and classes. Her shawls were probably the best known of her creations, but she made scarves and wall hangings and bags and was always up for learning something new. Her interest in all aspects of fiber farming and the fiber arts made her a perfect leader for the fiber festival. She and I worked in tandem for months, trading ideas and reminding one another of tasks to be completed on a daily basis.

 

It is difficult to imagine planning a festival without Viv, as her energy and enthusiasm and absolute dedication touched every aspect of the event and its preparation. In the coming months, the committee will work together to try to patch up the gaping hole Viv leaves in our little group, but for now, we simply pull together to remember and salute a talented and giving lady who cared about all of us and was a good friend.

 

Pam Haendle

President, CNY Fiber Artists & Producers.

 

 

June 10 & 11, 2017

7th Annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival!

(Always the second full weekend in June)

Hours are 10 am - 5 pm both days

Spinning is our focus this year!

   

The weather we've had this spring has been quite incompatible with shearing so it looks like the entries for our 2017 Fleece & Fiber Sale are light this year.   Fewer entries though means more competition for buyers so make sure you get there early to be sure you get your first choice fiber! 

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                   Now's the time to sign up for Workshops or a Short Courses.  Go to the Workshop webpage here to see how to register for each offering.  We keep it simple by letting you correspond with each instructor.  Any questions, just ask.  They'll be happy to help.  Please keep in mind that we have had to cancel workshops in the past when not enough folks signed up;  an early "head-count" is necessary to give the instructors the lead time they need to prepare/acquire enough materials, etc. for their classes.   Most instructors will NOT be able to take walk-ins so let your interest be known.  As of this date, I think there are openings in all classes.

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We are pleased to announce a return performance by Carapace Far
m Puppetry's Dancing Hands Puppet Troupe at 1 pm each day in the Children's Tent.  It's only a 20 minute performance so you don't want to miss it. The Turnip is a traditional story, told in many cultures.  It reminds us that all contributions are important, and that even small efforts can bring big results.  The puppets used are called table top or standing puppets, and they are constructed of hand made wool felt.  Check out this photo of the little old woman and the little old man who start off The Turnip story.

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    New this year are Winding Stations.  If you've been hesitating to buy more yarn because you have to take all that time to laboriously hang those skeins of yarn over the backs of chairs or cajole someone into giving up the use of their arms for a while just so you could wind the yarn into a ball by hand before you could even begin to knit, then feel free to buy all the skeins you want this year at the fiber festival.  Some of our vendors have graciously given up some space in their booths and are bringing their own yarn swifts and ball winders just for this purpose.  There is no charge and you don't have to buy your yarn in their booth.  Right now we have planned a winding station in Tent A at Maggie's Farm, 3 winding stations in Tent C at the Windy Meadows Farm & Fiber Factory, West Creek Family Farm, & Mountain Yarns booths.  In Tent E, Lochan Mar Farm will have the equipment set up and in Tent F, so will Goodview Farm.   We hope you'll take advantage of this service at our festival and please thank our vendors for volunteering their equipment and time.   

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We are disappointed to just learn that Dawn and Jack Cymerman of Stoneleigh Farm & Kennel will not be able to be with us this year.  We will miss their sheep herding dogs and the fine herding dog demo they always put on.  But many of our livestock producer members use herding dogs with their own flocks and herds of fiber animals so if you have questions, please be sure to ask.