README Workshop Attendees

Page Last Updated: 01-Oct-16

Dear 2016 Workshop Attendee,
We're very excited to host you! We ask that you read ALL the following information.  I know it's a lot of information, BUT every year more than one person says, "I didn't know that" and that's because they didn't read ALL of this info.  Help me help you. 


Thursday/Friday workshops - Lunches were not included in your workshop fee and will not be catered this year. Instead the Fairgrounds Cafe will be open.  Full day classes have assigned staggered lunch times so as not to bombard the Cafe with hungry Workshop people. A menu with pricing is below, so you can decide if you need to make alternate arrangements.  One hour has been allotted for lunch time - grab your lunch first so you have plenty of time to eat, check email, etc., before you head back to class.


  • Will be emailed to the registrant's email address beginning, in batches, Monday, October 3. 
  • One pass per person, regardless of how many workshops you're taking. Tickets are not replaceable.

(Weekend passes will be emailed to those who are taking 3+ hour workshops and purchased them prior to September 15 at 11:59 pm EST;  one single day pass for the day of the workshop will be emailed to all others)

  • Anyone registering after Sunday, October 9 will have their name (NO e-ticket) at the 4H and Mulberry St. gates. 
  • Print tickets using Firefox or Chrome - they will be scanned at the gate.

Workshops are held in Bldg "D," the Tent Area (41) next to D, or Bldg G, the "Girl Scout Room" (on map all in blue). See more info below for Thursday/Friday workshops and Saturday/Sunday workshops. 


  • Dress in layers – temperatures can vary greatly.  "Floors" in tents are usually blacktop/concrete - take that into consideration when deciding on footwear.  Remember, any class can be held in a tent due to space restrictions - this info is listed in the class description.
  • Building D has two industrial propane heaters and Tents have patio propane heaters.
  • Chairs for Building D workshops are wooden with lightly padded seats, Tents have plastic (no padding); bring a comfortable chair or cushion from home if you'd like. 
  • If you need task lighting, please bring a battery operated light with you.
  • Bringing an e-spinner?  Pack an extension cord.
  • Coffee, tea, water and snacky things will be available throughout each day for students and instructors thanks to the generosity of several sponsors. Using a reusable cup helps our Zero Waste goal.
  • Restrooms are a short walk away.

You must check-in in Bldg D (accessed through Bldg C) where you will get one irreplaceable button - your "ticket" to workshop areas. Allow plenty of time for check-in, to find your class, and grab a cup of coffee or tea before heading to class.  Volunteers will be on hand to assist you. If you are taking more than one class, you only have to check-in once.

Pre-ordered merchandise, with receipt, will be available for pickup in Bld D.


  • Fairgrounds open by 8:00 am each day, Workshops begin at 9:00 am.
  • NO ticket needed to enter the grounds on Thursday or Friday.
  • Drive through the Mulberry St. Gate and park in the oval track (or use the adjacent parking lot and access the grounds through the Mulberry St. Gate).  If you end up in the big grassy area via the North Entrance gate, turn around, make a left on Rte 9 and go to the Mulberry St. Gate which is closer and more convenient.
  • You may park, temporarily, in front of Building D or near the Tent Area to load/unload supplies.


We strongly recommend bringing hand carts/wagons if you have equipment to bring to classes.

Fairgrounds open by 8:00 AM, Workshops start at 9:00 AM.  Give yourself plenty of time on Saturday because the public starts lining up early

Only students registered in 9:00 am classes can enter the grounds  as early as 8:00 am, after presenting your e-ticket (or name, if you registered late) to 4H or Mulberry St. Gate personnel or the Workshop volunteer. 

Parking: Refer to this map.

  1. Use the "First Come First Served " parking outside the pedestrian-only Mulberry Street Gate entrance off of Rt 9 (closer to the Village of Rhinebeck) or
  2. drive through the NORTH Entrance Gate to access the general parking areas. You must use the MULBERRY STREET GATE or the 4H PEDESTRIAN GATE  to walk onto the Fairgrounds for your class if you arrive before the Festival is open to the general public at 9:00AM.

WARNING - waiting in line at the MAIN Pedestrian Gate will only make you late for class.  They don't have a list of names, they won't know about Workshops.  See above.

Handicapped parking is available at the 4H Pedestrian Gate and the Main Gate. All other parking will be in the general parking areas for the festival.

If you absolutely have to drive onto the festival grounds, contact the Workshops Manager ( prior to Oct 1 and, if approved, a mirror hang tag will be provided. This allows you driving access to the grounds prior to 8:30 am through one entrance only - the  North Entrance gate - to drop off your supplies/equipment.  The car then must be removed to  general parking areas  - cars on Festival grounds after 8:30 am will be towed.



This Festival is run by a devoted network of volunteers.  Many of us wear multiple hats before, during, and after the Festival.  Consider donating your time for future Festivals.

DO NOT wait until the last week to contact us  with e-Ticket or other Festival related questions.  Time is at a premium from October 10 through the Festival  - checking/answering emails may not be a top priority and when answered may be just be a one or two word reply (don't take offense), so review workshop website before sending emails, please.  There is one person, me, answering workshop and social media questions and one person doing e-tickets (and merchandise and coordinating volunteers, plus a bunch of other things) If it's a question related to the workshop you're taking, instructor's emails have been provided on the website, so you can contact them directly.  Instructors will not be able to assist you with logistics.

Late for class?  It happens.  It's your responsibility to catch up and you may have to finish on your own.

NO VENDING: Instructors are not allowed to sell to students in the classroom and vendors are not allowed to sell, contractually, before the Festival opens at 9:00 am Saturday or 10:00 am Sunday.  Please don't ask them to do so.

NO RECORDING without permission: You may NOT record, in any way, any portion of any workshop without express permission of instructor.  No photos/recordings of techniques can be uploaded to social media.

STAY INFORMED: Announcements will be posted on our website, Facebook page, Twitter (@nysheepwool) and, as time allows, under the Rhinebeck!! group on Ravelry.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Karen Santucci
Workshop Coordinator
2016 NYS Sheep and Wool Festival

Fairgrounds Café Only
John O’Han, President
(845) 464-9929

Thursday, October 13, 11:00-4:00


  • 6 oz. sirloin burger with choice of toppings                    $6.00
  • all beef hot dog                                                              $3.00
  • Greek salad chicken wrap                                              $9.00
  • French fries                                                                    $4/7


  • Black bean burger with choice of pepper jack, American, or cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato                                                                            $6.00 
  • Greek salad: Romaine and iceberg lettuce with cucumbers, tomatoes, black olives, and carrots, sprinkled with Feta cheese and choice of Greek or ranch dressing
                                                                                           $8.00, add chicken $10.00
  • Garden salad: Crisp iceberg and romaine lettuce with cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, and choice of dressing                                                          $5.00
  • Veggie wrap: Tomato or flour tortilla filled with iceberg and Romaine lettuce with grilled eggplant, black olives, cucumbers, carrots, and choice of feta, pepper jack, cheddar, or American cheese, and choice of dressings                    $9.00 
  • Eggplant wrap: Grilled eggplant with lettuce and tomato, black olives, in a tomato or flour tortilla, topped with feta cheese and tahini sauce           $9.00

Friday 7 am to 7 pm

  Full menu and all veggie menu items


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