Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival

I was in Heaven when I went to the 10th Annual Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival in Dickson, Tennessee. It was my second year to go. I was by myself, but still enjoyed every minute. I wish I had more pictures, but I was a bit sheepish (haha) of taking pictures because I wasn’t sure if the vendors would want me to. And, no, I didn’t ask because I didn’t want it to be a big deal. Maybe I’ll get the courage next year to do it.

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This Fiber Fest is great. It goes on for Friday and Saturday and they have lots of vendors, goats, rabbits, sheep, and lots of classes you can take. I was only able to make it on Saturday but I took two classes.

The first class I took was how to make a traditional Appalachian hearth broom. It wasn’t exactly easy, but I did it. I thought it was such a neat class. We made hearth brooms the way they were made in Appalachia in the 1700’s. I bought supplies to try to make two more. I decided not to cut the ends off and use it as a decoration…if you want to use it, you just cut the bottom at an angle. Here is my broom:

The second class I took was Beginning Drop Spindle. I did pretty well until the plying…which for some reason is a big problem for me. This time it was because the fiber I had twisted into yarn was extremely thin at one part and it snapped apart during playing. I am going to keep trying, though!

Some pics of the various animals that were there:

If you want to information on Fiber Festivals from late May through August 2017, click here.

For information on festivals in September 2017, click here.

And for festivals from October – November 2017, click here.

If you know of one that I missed, please contact me so I can add it to the list!

 

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Fiber Festivals October – November 2017

If you need to see the late May – August 2017 list, click here.

September can be found here.

Check back to this page periodically because I may have missed some Fiber Fests and if I did I will add them.

As always, if you notice that I missed a Fiber Festival, please message me and let me know so I can get it added. Thanks!

Fiber Festivals October – November 2017

October:

October 6-7, 2017: Knitters’ Day Out in Summerdale, PA

October 7, 2017: Kings County Fiber Festival in Brooklyn, NY

October 7-8, 2017: Fosston Fiber Festival in Fosston, MN

October 7-8, 2017: Vista Fiber Arts Fiesta in Vista, CA

October 12-16, 2017: Camp STITCHES in Coeur d’Alene, ID

October 14, 2017: Lake Area Fiber Arts Festival in Lake of the Ozarks, MO

October 14, 2017: Autumn Fiber Festival in Ashland, OH

October 21, 2017: Fiber in the Boro in Murfreesboro, TN

October 21-22, 2017: Fiber Expo in Ann Arbor, MI

October 21-22, 2017: New York State Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY

October 27-29, 2017: Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair in Fletcher, NC

October 27-29, 2017: Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival in The Dalles, OR

November:

November 3-4, 2017: Ozark Fiber Fling in Steelville, MO

November 4-5, 2017: The Fiber Festival of New England in West Springfield, MA

November 10-11, 2017: Thumb Fiber Festival in between Port Sanilac and Lexington, MI

November 11-12, 2017: Maryland Alpaca and Fleece Festival in West Friendship, MD

Hermann, Missouri

Hermann, Missouri, is a beautiful quaint town with several wineries, antique shops, restaurants, and bed & breakfasts. It’s about an hour west of St. Louis. Lovely, lovely town.

My husband and I were fortunate to be able to visit Hermann. I had been eyeing it for a while and we finally got the chance to go! We got there on a late Friday afternoon and left Sunday mid-morning, so we only made it to three wineries, but we are definitely going back to hit the rest. I’ll start with our arrival.

STONE HILL WINERY

Once we got to Hermann, we went straight to Stone Hill Winery. The wineries in the area all close between 5 and 6 pm and it looked like we were going to make it for the last tasting at this winery. We missed the tour by several minutes (we’re going to do the tour next time). Well, we paid for the tasting and chose which wines we each wanted to try*. (*As of this blog post in May 2017, tastings are $5.00 per person for six samples or $10.00 per person for six samples and a souvenir wine glass).

I have to say, all of the wine we tried there was excellent. The Dry Rose was my favorite.

View from the Winery

ALPENHORN GASTHAUS

That night we had reservations at Alpenhorn Gasthaus. It was wonderful! We did the Wine Country 4 Course Dinner that is offered on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7pm (you need to call and make reservations). The setting is gorgeous. We arrived at 6:30 and each ordered a glass of wine to take as we walked around the grounds. Oh, it’s so peaceful. We found a couple of Adirondack chairs and settled in for a bit before dinner. The chickens and sheep in the back pasture were a nice bonus.

The dinner was superb. We started off with a Lemon Ricotta Cheesecake with Basil Pesto. The second course was a small salad consisting of organic spinach, pickled beets, cuties, goat cheese, and candied pecans with Balsamic Vinaigrette that had been aged 25 years. And there were also the most delectable bread pieces with a dipping sauce – focaccia puffs & herbed dipping oil. I really want to figure out how to make them and how to make that dipping sauce. It was DELICIOUS.

For the main course, we had a choice between Garlic Lamb Loin Chops with Garden Salsa or Her Crusted Red Snapper with Wasabi Aioli. Both came with a side of veggies and mixed grains. I ordered the lamb and my husband ordered the Snapper. Confession- I don’t really like lamb and I don’t eat a lot of seafood! And I had to choose one, so I went with the lamb. The lamb was excellent, though! And my husband raved about the Snapper.

After dinner, we went down to the wine cellar where we had dessert and sampled some Port Wines. It was very nice.

The atmosphere at Alpenhorn is absolutely lovely. If you go to Hermann, make sure you book dinner reservations OR I saw that their breakfasts get rave reviews. Next time, I’d like to try that, too.

ADAM PUCHTA WINERY

Saturday morning we started out going to some shops in the downtown area before heading to the wineries. We also at at the Wurst Haus (linked below). Then we headed to the wineries. First up, Adam Puchta Winery.  Adam Puchta Winery is the oldest continuously owned family winery in the country. Cool, huh? I think it’s in the 7th or 8th generation now. I find that to be truly spectacular. For $5, you can do an 8-sample wine tasting. They have some excellent wines. We found a table and spent a couple of hours there sipping on wine and listening to the live music they had that day.

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OAKGLENN WINERY

Next we went to OakGlenn Winery. The wine is excellent and the views from OakGlenn are stunning. This winery is located on a bluff overlooking the Missouri River. They also had live music. We stayed outside and enjoyed sipping on wine and taking int he beautiful view.

HERMAN WURST HAUS

Oh. My. This place is awesome. They have many many different flavors of bratwurst, German sausage, and bacon and many other food items. We bought a lot of wurst packs and bacon packs to bring home with us. I highly recommend getting one of your meals at Herman Wurst Haus. You can sample some of the bratwurst before you buy, too.

IN GENERAL

There are several antique stores in Hermann, which I LOVE. We went into a few of them and purchased some really unique items. Here are some pics of the downtown area and surrounding areas.

Okay, so if you’ve researched a bit about Hermann you may notice I’ve left something out. And that is the Hermann Trolley service.

It has nothing to do with the service…we just never used it so I can’t really comment on it as far as how it is to use it. I do know that they have several trolleys going around town to the wineries. It is $20 per day per person. The reason we didn’t use it is because we took a taxi to Alpenhorn Kitchen and the driver who took us offered to be our private driver the next day for the same price as the trolley! So, we did that. All we had to do was call her when we were ready to be picked up from wherever we were. It was really convenient!

We’re already talking about going back to Hermann. Hopefully, sometime this summer? That would be wonderful. We have a lot more exploring to do!

 

 

Fiber Festivals for September 2017

If you need to see the May – August 2017 list, click here.

The October – November 2017 list is here.

Check back to this page periodically because I may have missed some Fiber Fests and if I did I will add them.

As always, if you notice that I missed a Fiber Festival, please message me and let me know so I can get it added. Thanks!

Fiber Festivals September 2017

September:

Sept 6-10: Fiber College of Maine in Searsport, ME

Sept 7-9, 2017: Georgia Fiber Fest in Columbus, GA

Sept 8-9, 2017: Scotts Bluff Valley Fiber Arts Fair in Scotts Bluff (Friday classes) and Mitchell, NE

Sept 8-10, 2017: Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival in Jefferson, WI

Sept 9-10, 2017: Garden State Sheep Breeders Sheep & Fiber Festival in Lambertville, NJ

Sept 9-10, 2017: Endless Mountains Fiber Festival in New Milford, PA

Sept 14-17, 2017: STITCHES Texas in Irving, TX

Sept 15-16, 2017: Fiber Daze in Mt. Vernon, MO

Sept 15-16, 2017: Manitoba Fibre Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Sept 15-17, 2017: California Wool and Fiber Festival in Boonville, CA

Sept 15-17: Florida Fiber In in Orlando, FL

Sept 16, 2017: Fiber in the Park in Earlville, IL

Sept 16-17, 2017: Finger Lakes Fiber Festival  in Hemlock, NY

Sept 17-18, 2017: Wool Gathering in Yellow Springs, OH

Sept 22-23, 2017: Paducah Fall Fiber Festival in Paducah, KY

Sept 22-23, 2017: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville, VA

Sept 22-24, 2017: North Country Fiber Fair in Watertown, SD

Sept 23-24, 2017: Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby, OR

Sept 23-24, 2017: Southern Adirondack Wool & Arts Festival in Greenwich, NY

Sept 30, 2017: East Side Fiber Festival in East Nashville, TN

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017: Vermont Sheep and Wool Festival in Tunbridge, VT

Sept 30-Oct 1, 2017: Northern Michigan Lamb and Wool Festival in West Branch, MI

 

Fiber Festivals Late May – August 2017

These are for late May – August 2017. Please visit the Festival websites for times and details. Also, if you know of one that I missed, please let me know!

The festival list for September is here.

The October – November 2017 list can be viewed here.

MAY:

May 20, 2017: High Fiber Festival in Toano, VA

May 20, 2017: Upper Valley Fiber Fest in Troy, OH

May 20, 2017: Rhode Island Fiber Festival and Craft Fair in Bristol, RI

May 20-21, 2017: The Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Festival in Lexington, KY

May 20-21, 2017: Spring Fiber Fling in Woodstock, IL

May 20-21, 2017: Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival in Waynesburg, PA

May 20-21, 2017: Central Pennsylvania Fiber Festival in Hughesville, PA

May 20-21, 2017: 4th Annual Ranch Party & Wool Festivities in Point Arena, CA

May 20-21, 2017: Long Island Fleece & Fiber Fair in Long Island, NY

May 26-27, 2017: Middle Tennessee Fiber Festival in Dickson, TN

May 26-28, 2017: Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, OH

May 27-28, 2017: The 43rd Annual Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair in Cummington, MA

May 27-29, 2017: FiberTrain Wool Festival in Nampa, ID

JUNE:

June 2-3, 2017: Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival in Franklin, IN

June 2-4, 2017: Kansas Alliance of Weavers and Spinners Annual Conference in Lawrence, KS

June 3-4, 2017: Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair in Worthington, OH

June 3-4, 2017: Maine Fiber Frolic in Windsor, ME

June 9-11, 2017: Big Sky Fiber Arts Festival in Hamilton, MT

June 10-11, 2017: Wool Market & Fiber Festival in Estes Park, CO

June 10-11, 2017: 7th Annual CNY Fiber Arts Festival in Bouckville, NY

June 17-18, 2017: Iowa Sheep & Wool Festival in Ames, IA

June 23-25, 2017: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR

JULY

July 15-16, 2017: Fiber “U” in Lebanon, MO

July 22-23, 2017: Copper K Fiber Festival in Whitehall, MT

AUGUST:

August 3-6, 2017: STITCHES Midwest in Schaumberg, IL

August 12, 2017: Fiber Revival in Newbury, MA

August 18-20, 2017: Michigan Fiber Festival in Allegan, MI