Following the Parma holiday parade on December 4, Parma city officials engaged parade watchers and visitors at Stearns Homestead in a countdown to ‘flip the switch’ and light up the Christmas tree on the front lawn of the Gibbs House.
Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Council President Sean Brennan and Councilman Alan Divis along with PAHS President Ruth Fay
Stearns Homestead will celebrate Christmas at the Farm on Saturday, December 3 from 12:00 pm -3:00 pm and Sunday, December 4 from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Santa will be joining us for the festivities and fun. Children of all ages are welcome to visit with Santa and enjoy bakery and beverages for sale in the homestead cabin. The Gibbs House will be decked out in holiday style for your viewing and the ‘holiday gift shop’ will feature unique and hand-crafted items for sale.
Make plans to stop in for Christmas at the Farm. Admission is free.
It has been an unbelievable season of activities at Stearns Homestead and we appreciate each and every person who came to visit .
Our expectations were exceeded by the number of visitors who stopped by on weekends and at special events.
Our season of being open each and every weekend is coming to a close and we will be open only if weather permits – if it’s raining or too chilly, the animals will probably be inside and the homestead will be closed – so plan accordingly. If its a sunny day and mild, you can bet the animals will probably be out for you to visit, however we cannot promise that we will have volunteers available to sell feed.
One thing to remember – PLEASE DO NOT bring any food from home for the animals. While you might be tempted to bring carrots or apples (or Os or bread – a really big no no!), when any one animal gets too much, especially the horses, it tends to cause havoc with their digestion and then we may incur a vet bill to help them thru a difficult situation. So please, do not bring any food from home, just your love and time to visit.
And watch for details on opening day in May 2017.
Also – mark your calendar – we have one more special event weekend – its Christmas at the Farm the first weekend in December.
On October 2, 2016, at 1:00 pm, Stearns Homestead invites the public to bring their house pets to have them blessed in celebration of the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, a monk who had a special connection to animals. Gather at the Gibbs House at 1:00 pm with your pet (on a leash or in a carrier please) or with a photo of your pet.
The Reverend Heather Hill of All Saints Episcopal Church in Parma will officiate at the ceremony, bless your pets and then proceed around the farm to bless the farm animals that reside at the homestead.
Please park in the parking area, just south of the homestead.
Step back in time to see and do as the pioneers did back when the homestead was settled in the 1850’s by the Stearns family and tour their house to experience how they lived.
Visit Stearns Homestead for Pioneer Days, Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm both days. Free Admission.
Various activities each day include: wool carding, spinning wool demonstration, learn how to cane a chair, make your own pioneer bonnet, candle dipping, try your hand at tin punching, play stick pull, learn how to braid, see how quilts are made, crocheting, weaving and more. And of course, the animals will all be out for visitors.
Food and beverage will be available both days for sale in the cabin.
Animal feed will be available for sale at the Yankee-style barn.
Stop in on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, starting June 25, 2016 through October 8, 2016 , to visit the Stearns Homestead farmer’s market, set up in the front pasture along Ridge Road. Parking is available just south of the homestead.
This is our sixth year for our farmers market. Currently we have 10 local vendors, and this year products include local honey, bakery, soaps, oils, and much more. The homestead also sells some of our own grown produce and our farm fresh eggs go quickly!
Many of the favorite vendors are returning with some new additions.
Please come and join us – stop by and shop.
If you are interested in becoming a vendor please call 845-9770 and leave a message.