It's a very extra warm summer, so far, but seems progress is being made for getting events, businesses, etc. back up to speed. Our local fairs in our tri-county area of Jefferson, Deschutes, and Crook counties are all happening, with some modifications, but when my husband and I attended yesterday it still felt like fairs are coming back! Farmers markets seem to be going strong as ever.
Our Fiber Market Day, although lighter than usual in vendor numbers, went really well for most and some had their best sales ever! For 2022 the date will be either late May or early June; that should be decided soon and we will begin to get that info out to all the online event listings where we can publish in advance (considering that we don't to overlap or be too close to Fiber Fusion NW, which is also looking at date options for next year).
We typically pass on an August meeting, since it is right after many are busy with the fairs, so our next meeting will be September 19. We plan to have our sales space at OFFF in October, hopefully in the sheep barn as usual, but since that is also a new date and location we will find out what that's going to be. Also, last fall we held a Farm Day at one of our local farms NE of Redmond, OR, and tentatively we have discussed holding that event again as well since those that participated really enjoyed the day, November-ish.
Stay cool! (literally, of course...)
Lynne for HDWG
(image is Barb, judging fleece for the Jill Pot contest at Fiber Market Day)
It's that close already! Final ads are being placed (radio and print), and we have a crew ready to begin setup on Friday, June 4 before the vendors begin to arrive, although we could use a couple more strong bodies (heavy wood tables). Also, greeters at the welcome table for one to two hours at a time are appreciated, two at a time, and welcome to have a fiber project with you there to work on. Please reply via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up; thanks! Since the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center moved us back to the High Desert Activity Center, the spinning circle will be indoors as there is plenty of space.
A great help to getting the word out is word of mouth sharing! Please, share with all of your appropriate email lists, social media, etc. Link to this website, or any current online Fiber Market Day ad such as the one on the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center website and/or Facebook page (just make sure the ad is one for 2021).
Fiber friends, we look forward to seeing many of you there on June 5! Looking forward to it...
This meeting will be held outdoors at the home of Lamken's Lambs in the Terrebonne area, Sunday afternoon, May 16, 2:00 pm. We will be organizing signs for Fiber Market Day (mainly for within the fairgrounds driveways and parking lots), and going over all those fun details to finalize the event! BYO lawn/camp chair, drinks and snacks if you want them. Members please check your email for the address if you don't have it, or email email@example.com before 1:00 pm before the meeting. Potential members welcome as well. Many hands make light work, so we hope to see many of you there, as well as helping with setup for FMD the afternoon of June 4.
My garage has many fleeces in various stages of getting ready for Market Day, fluffy washed fleeces drying, and the wool combs seeing pretty regular use, and sure that many of your homes are seeing much of the same. I'm very much looking forward to finally getting together at a wool gathering type venue after all this time! See you soon!
Lynne for HDWG
Members are donating fleece and other related items once again for an online auction via Facebook! We have done this successfully a couple of times in recent years. This will go live on Friday evening, March 19, 6:00 pm, and run through Sunday evening, March 21, 6:00 pm. An album is created with photos of the items, and the bidding takes place in the comments of each item. Local winners (central Oregon) will receive items via delivery from us, winners elsewhere need to pay shipping from zip code 97756.
FIBER MARKET DAY is going ahead! We're really excited as it's been quite a while now since any of us have had any wool/fiber gathering opportunities, and as much as we love to sell and share our products, we love the time together with fellow fiber enthusiasts. We will be in the North Sister building (aka the 4H building) just inside the main entrance at the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. Setup is the afternoon and early evening of June 4, and some the morning of the event, which begins at 9:00 am on June 5, 2021, until 4:00 pm. We are asking a little extra patience with vendors on arrival and unloading, as the building (which the fairgrounds graciously let us have at the same price as our other building due to COVID lab being in that one) does not have the larger parking area in the back; it's a driveway. Saturday morning access will give preference to those bringing animals. A couple of us will be going to get a closer look at the layout and do our best for everyone. Further info will go out to vendors via email as the time gets closer; we may have time slot signups. All MEMBERS who are able will unload early and make room for others.
New memberships and renewals need to be in ASAP in order to get your info in the printed directory for 2021.
Our next meeting will be in person! Barb has invited us to her new location near Sisters on Hurtley Road. We will still practice COVID precautions, of course. Sunday, April 11, 2:00 pm. The address will go out via email a couple of days before to members; if you are not a member and would like to attend let us know and we'll get the location to you.
No worries...we're still at it! Here in central Oregon it's the drab time of year with farm pastures basically dormant, but there are signs of green showing up out there! Good time to clean out barn and tack spaces, and work on fiber projects...how many do YOU have waiting?
We had a small January Zoom meeting to touch base. Some have been busy with lambing, and shearing season is coming up soon (make your appointment with your shearer). It's time to get annual memberships in (downloadable under Forms). It is looking encouraging for Fiber Market Day to take place on June 5, as other events at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds are in the works, with all the COVID precautions in place of course. Local fair scheduled dates are July 28 - Aug 1 for Deschutes, July 21-24 for Jefferson, and no info yet for Crook County. Not sure how those are going to work, but here's hoping! Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival is scheduled for September 25-26. Black Sheep Gathering decided to cancel for this year. The logistics of each location is different, so understandably some may work out better than others. The High Desert Activity Center, where we hold our event, is a large open space, as well as plenty of room for outdoor vendors.
Our February Zoom meeting is scheduled for February 21 (moved out a week to avoid conflicting with Valentine's day), at 2:00 pm; members will receive the link via email. Hopefully this finds every one of you looking forward to making 2021 a productive and fun year with fiber!
Lynne for HDWG
PS (Why a puppy pic? Just because how cute is a puppy in her first snow?)
I hope this finds you ready to relax a little and enjoy the holiday season. Those of us who participated in the Fall Farm Day were happy with the outcome, with six of us vending and steady but not busy with visitors. It was great to spend a day together after all this time with our fiber products.
We held a final 2020 Zoom meeting this past Sunday afternoon, and moved to continue the same officers for 2021. Membership for 2021 is due now for the calendar year Jan-Dec. (recent new members carry over); fees will remain the same. Please see the membership form under "Forms."
For Fiber Market Day June 5, 2021, it was decided to begin accepting returning vendor registration on 03/01/21 (many carried over their fees and applications from the canceled event this year), new vendor applications 04/01/21, and deadline for all is 05/01/21. We hop that COVID regulations will allow life to get somewhat back to normal by then!
Our next Zoom meeting will be Sunday, January 10, 2:00 pm. Members please watch for email meeting invite just prior to that.
Hope to see you in January!
Lynne for HDWG
We had our virtual meeting on Sunday, where it is always good to see/hear each other even if it is on screen! Meeting minutes will be emailed to members.
The main discussion was regarding hosting a fall farm day, and it was decided that we'll give it a go! This is in lieu of the online auction that we did the past couple of years as a fundraiser, with either a "booth" fee or sales percentage, which won't be huge and will be decided on at the November 8 meeting. An event link will be added under the Events section on this website as soon as it is approved (via The Bulletin event listings as the Eventbrite option through Weebly is not that functional for a free event without tickets). This outdoor event is for members as vendors, to keep it small and within COVID guidelines. Please reply to the member email that went out to confirm your attendance as a vendor. This will be held at the Roy's farm in the Terrebonne area, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 14. It will be outdoors, and plan on a usual vendor space with a canopy (just in case). It is not limited to only fiber products and gifts if you have other nice items you would like to have for sale, but fiber is still the main focus, of course. If it's a cool day there will be a couple of barrel type fires going. Straw bales will be provided as canopy anchors. We're looking forward to getting together after all these months of social distancing!
If you are not a member, please do invite all of your fiber enthusiast friends, share this event online, layer up according to the weather that day, and join us! We want to see your creative masks!
Do something fun with fiber today!
Lynne for HDWG
As if COVID, etc. wasn't enough! Normally at this time we would all be skirting fleeces and preparing animals and products for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival in Canby. However, as most other events for 2020, this gathering isn't happening. A few of our members did participate in the Crook County Fair in August, which was participants only, and it looked like those who were there had a good time!
We decided to postpone the monthly Zoom meeting to October 11, 2020, 2 pm. Members will receive an invite via email. One thing to consider before that time is being prepared for any opportunities to share a fiber presentation for school or community groups. There is a basic presentation in place which can be tweaked or added to depending on your area of interest or experience, and you don't have to be an "up front" kind of person to do this (I am certainly not, but end up enjoying sharing the love of fiber with young people, as well as any adults who happen to be with them!).
As a last thought, let's those of us who have not had losses due to the fires find ways to share with those who have lost much. I personally know someone who lost home and possessions, and probably some of you do as well. The generosity of many people is already showing up via donations and offers of housing, keeping animals, etc.
Lynne for HDWG
With the ongoing COVID 19 restrictions for the summer and fall of 2020, it has allowed time for a website novice to figure out how to build this site. Your patience and understanding are much appreciated if there happens to be anything that is not functioning correctly, especially at the beginning. Membership forms and Fiber Market Day registrations, although available to print from here, will continue to be mail-in and pay by check for now. As we get used to navigating using this platform we may add online registration and payment options in the future, as well as T-shirt orders.
It has been traditional to skip an August meeting, as most years everyone is recuperating from fairs at this time. Our next scheduled zoom meeting for members will be September 13, 2020, at 2:00 pm. A meeting invite will be emailed prior to that time.
Hopefully you all are enjoying time with your fiber animals and/or fiber projects! With very few festivals and markets happening, ANY of our members would love to sell fleeces and other products, so check out the Member Products under the Menu, find something of interest to you, and contact them to arrange viewing and sales. As I sit at a window overlooking our pastures, the sheep are contentedly munching and growing their wonderful fiber without interruption...no clue about the struggles any of us are facing.
Lynne for HDWG
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