I finally made it to Rhinebeck for the New York Sheep and Wool Festival! For many years, it was the same weekend as Parents Weekend at college, so we couldn’t go. But the kids are out of college (by a few years), and everything worked for us to go this year, so off we went. My friend Sheryl went with us from Fort Collins, and we met my friend Claudia (the Wollmeise) and her husband and son there for the weekend (over from Germany to attend Rhinebeck). Here are some photos:
Our traveling group, plus the prettiest tree on the fairgrounds:
Whoopie Pies as big as your head, and some friendly fellows enjoying the sun:
And a few of the good sheep, goat and alpaca pictures that Paul took:
Of course there was yarn there, too. And Cider Doughnuts. I may have bought some of each.
Another highlight? We spent Friday in Stockbridge, MA, touring Normal Rockwell’s Museum and studio. So cool. I am always amazed to see that all of those pictures were indeed painted. They look too smooth and perfect to be made by brushes, but they were indeed.
Here is the museum and then his workshop studio.
I loved this gorgeous tree on the property. And this path to his studio.
A photo of him at work, and then his workplace in the studio.
His brushes and paints are still on display.
A view from the door of his studio. And one of the original paintings for the Four Freedoms.
Here’s a picture of a closeup (see the paint and brush strokes?) and then the print that came from that painting. I just noticed that this is the same painting he’s working on in the photograph of his studio above.
Such a fun trip. I’d recommend both places if you want a beautiful trip next fall.
Most of the Rhinebeck photos are copyrighted by ImageworksFC, used by permission. Most of the Norman Rockwell photos and a few of the Rhinebeck shots came from my phone. I’ll bet you can tell which is which!