We are thrilled to be hosting our first farm to needle retreat this April 5th -7th in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
Our hosts are Coleen and Sean Lacey at their farm, Mulberry Hill. The Lacey’s are giving us access to their farm to have a hands on experience cleaning wool that has been freshly sheared from their flock of sheep, known as The Girls – Maggie, Norah, Ellie, Annie, Olivia, Oakley, Noelle, and Harvard. Plus a spinning and hand dyeing lesson. And did I mention that Sean is making his famous corned beef hash for our farm breakfast on Saturday!
We will also be knitting a pillow with their own Distilfink Yarn dyed in the color of your choice! We have 6 pillow patterns to choose from. When you register for the retreat you select the pattern and your color.
We will be staying at the lovely Allenberry Inn and Spa. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, the timeless and idyllic setting of Yellow Breeches Creek has attracted visitors and outdoorsmen for generations, including the relatives of American Folk Legend, Davy Crockett. In 1786, the Crockett family chose this serene corner of Boiling Springs, PA to build a family home and barn that is still in use today. For our retreat we will be staying in our own cottage and dining in The Barn, their farm to table gourmet restaurant. Our time there will give you space to knit, hike a part of the Appalachian trail or just relax at the spa after our “farm chores” Saturday morning.
Friday, April 5
2:30 Arrive and check in
3:00 – 5:00 Presentation from Mulberry Farm owners, Sean and Coleen Lacey
5:30 – 7:00 Cocktails and Knitting project introduction
7:00 Private Dinner at the Barn
Saturday, April 6
8:00am Farm Breakfast at Mulberry Hill Farm
9:00 – 12:00 Farm tour, hands on wool cleaning, spinning demonstration and hand dyeing
1:00 Lunch back at Allenberry
2:00 Open afternoon – knitting, walk part of the Appalachian trail, spa appointments
6:00 Cocktails and knitting
7:00 Private dinner
Sunday, April 7
Leisurely breakfast at Allenberry and depart by 11:00am
$800/person 8 people maximum. Includes lodging, meals, knitting project, farm tour and hands on demonstration. Assumes single occupancy per room. Double occupancy by request.
To reserve your place at the retreat email firstname.lastname@example.org today!
Deadline to register is Monday, March 25th.
Mulberry Hill Farm
Mulberry Hill Farm started its existence as the Hilltop Motel. Built in the late 1950’s a six room motel was constructed on Route 11, and was run for many years by the Nell family. The motel ceased operation in the 1970’s when the construction of Route 81 diverted customer traffic. Here is the Hilltop Motel from a postcard photo. Today, Mulberry Hill Farm is currently home to three purebred Romney’s, four Romney/Border Leicester crosses, and one Corriedale cross. We coat our sheep to ensure the highest quality fleece in our roving and yarns. Sheep names: Maggie, Norah, Ellie, Annie, Olivia, Oakley, Noelle, and Harvard.
Allenberry Inn & Spa
Allenberry has a long history of delighting guests with live entertainment and warm hospitality. The 1929 owners of Allenberry Farm remodeled the original barn for summer entertaining. When the estate was sold to the Heinze family in 1944, Charles A.B Heinze knew the place was too special to be kept from the public and the Allenberry Resort was born. In 1949, The Allenberry Playhouse opened its doors and the resort became a center of relaxation, hospitality and entertainment. Locals, as well as guests from New York, Washington, DC and Philadelphia, came to take in dinner and a show in the quaint, pastoral setting. Famous faces at Allenberry include a young John Travolta who joined the summer stock program in 1971 and Shirley Jones who played a special one-week engagement in 1994 to sold-out crowds.
Today, the tradition of good times and relaxation continues. Allenberry Resort has been masterfully renovated, maintaining its history and charm, while offering updated accommodations and luxurious amenities. The 57-acre resort is connected by foot, bike, and cart paths allowing visitors to leave their cars and their busy world behind.