Monday, April 23, 2007

Everything Alpaca -

“Everything Alpaca”
Comes to Dillsburg Library
Thursday May 17th, at 7 P.M.
Photo credit Christophe Meneboeuf

Alpacas-of-Fieldstone-Crossing Farm owner Kathy Ammerman will wax enthusiastic about wool at the Dillsburg Area Public Library Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m. Comparing her alpacas, llamas, and sheep, she will explain the differences in their fleece, while Nancy Scott from Boiling Springs, will demonstrate carding, cleaning, spinning, and the differences in the wearable items produced by the varied structure of the woven fibers.

Ms. Ammerman will bring “Bebo Norman,” the farm’s prize juvenile male alpaca. She also will show the new ram “Zeek, son of Zachary,” in front of the library. Father and son are known for having scores of healthy progeny “on the ground”.

The presentation will include “everything alpaca,” such as birth, feeding, trimming feet, injections, showing, shearing, and sales. Tax incentives accompany the raising of alpacas, which has made it possible for the farm to keep or train horses, sheep, goats, llamas, and peacocks, and accept neglected animals. On June 21, Jubilee Day in Mechanicsburg, the animals will comprise a “Noah’s Ark” reenactment.

Lee Ammerman, an endodontist, and Kathy receive visitors to the farm from churches, camps, and nursing homes. They arrange activities with Girl and Boy Scouts, and Royal Rangers. Some volunteers on the farm are from the physical fitness classes Kathy leads at the West Shore YMCA.

Programs in the library’s 2006-2007 series “TREASURES: Made in the USA” have been underwritten by the Dillsburg Rotary Club. The library is at 17 South Baltimore St. (Route 74) near the light, phone 432-5613.

The library’s 2007-2008 series, starting November 8, is “COMICS: From the Classics to the Graphics”.

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