Friday, April 1, 2011

Woolapalooza 2011

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DSC04734Here in Massachusetts each spring, the Mass Audubon Society puts on a small fiber festival with a big name... Woolapalooza.  This long name is a reference to a annual music festival featuring popular heavy metal, alternative, punk rock , and hip-hop bands, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths which has been touring North America since 1991 called "Lollapalooza."  Lollapalooza spawned "Wallapalooza" which is the name of many rock radio stations, including 105.7 in Chicago.  It is also, curiously, according to the online Urban Dictionary, "when a female inserts 15 eels into her vagina, at least 5 of which must be Candiru, the parasite that swims up urethra. After all 15 are inserted, a male inserts his penis into the vagina (ignorant of the eels inside). The female then wraps her legs around the male, locking him inside and screams "WALLA WALLA WALLA WALLA" at the top of her lungs as the Candiru make their way to his spam javelin."  Really, I'm not lying...this shit is too crazy good to make up.  I don't know how any of this relates to Woolapalooza, but it does make for a catchy sounding name.

DSC04765Anyhow, Woolapalloza took place on Drumlin Farm - one of the many wonderful sites managed by Mass Audubon.  Drumlin Farm is, as its name conveys, a Farm...complete with animals, and the festival corresponds with the spring shearing day for its sheep.  DSC04767Along the outdoor path, organizers set up a series of tables displaying the steps between sheep shearing and the production of garments and is cleverly called, "the Path From Sheep to Sweater."  It is geared maiinly towards children and the event is full, from morning until evening with children learning to
CARD,
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SPIN,

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DYE, 

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and CRAFT with yarn.

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DSC04731The kids and adults both delight in the animals, including this angora rabbit who is having a crazy hair day.DSC04774

DSC04768DSC04773And, at the end, fiberholics like myself can reward themselves for baring the cold by purchasing lovely small-batch indy-produced yarn.

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