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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