On November 27, 2015

Meet the alpacas at holiday open house

Courtesy of Maple View Farm Alpacas

Calista and Ardon are two of the gentle teddy-bear-like residents that visitors can meet at Maple View Farm Alpacas in Brandon.

Nov. 28-29 — BRANDON — Maple View Farm Alpacas hosts its annual holiday open house on Nov. 28 and 29 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. each day, where you can learn about these gentle, intelligent fiber animals.

Owners Ed and Debbie Bratton say, “We are very excited to be participating in the Holiday Farm Open House again this year. We have some folks who look forward to the open house and return each year while also meeting many new people. It’s fun!”

The fiber mill and studio located on the farm will also be open so visitors will also be able to learn how fiber is turned into yarn and other products. The mill processes fiber into high quality batts, roving, yarn and felt. Pat Stone will demonstrate hand spinning on Saturday and Bob Wertz will demonstrate rug hooking on Sunday.

Maple View Farm Alpacas is home to a growing herd of 24 alpacas, including four crias, or baby alpacas, born this year. The alpaca is a member of the South American Camelid family which also includes llamas, guanacos and vicunas. All of the alpacas at Maple View Farm are Huacaya, a “teddy bear-like” alpaca with dense, crimpy fiber.

For more information, visit www.mapleviewfarmalpacas.com or Facebook at Maple View Farm Alpacas and Vermont Fiber Mill & Studio. The farm is located at 185 Adams Road, Brandon.

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