by Lauren Collins
For the second consecutive summer, Perkins Stone Mansion is giving the public a chance to hang out with the dorset sheep from The Spicy Lamb Farm in Peninsula. Attendees will be captivated as they observe numerous sheep grazing about on acres of striking land, and they’ll even get to pet the sheep before the fluffy white creatures are sheared and then herded into a pen. Special catch pens will allow children to pet the shaggy animals while learning about their care and feeding rituals.
Before the festivities at Perkins Mansion begin, the Akron Woman’s City Club is hosting a reservation-only brunch on May 13. Special storybook character guests will be there, including Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep and Mary (who had a little lamb). Breakfast buffet is $20 for adults, $10 for children 4-10, and free for children 3 and under.
After brunch, the public is invited to join the parade of lambs and border collies at 11:30 am as they march from the Woman’s City Club on South Portage Path to the Perkins Stone Mansion.
Jay Campbell will give a shearing demonstration at 12:30 pm, weather permitting. Herding demonstrations with some award-winning border collies will take place at 12:15, 1, and 1:30pm. Admission to the estate is $10 and includes a free tour of the first floor of the mansion.
The Perkins Mansion property is owned and maintained as a historic house museum by the Summit County Historical Society (SCHS). In 2016, SCHS received a Community Impact Award from Dominion East Ohio in recognition of the successful sheep demonstration program. A grant from the R. C. and Katharine M. Musson Charitable Foundation supports the return of the sheep. With this program, SCHS is hoping to bring the sheep back to the city for turf sustainability. Sheep grazing is a cost efficient and environmentally friendly alternative to mowing the grass.
Herding demonstrations will continue on select Mondays and Wednesdays throughout the summer.
Admission to the Perkins Mansion grounds will be free through August, Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 4 pm, and Sundays, 12 pm – 4 pm.
Call (330) 762- 6261 to make reservations for the Woman’s City Club brunch.