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Families experience past at Geneva's Peck Farm

Published: Saturday, April 6, 2013 6:35 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 9:17 a.m. CST
(Jeff Krage - For the Kane County Chronicle)
People enjoy a hay ride Saturday during Heritage Day at Peck Farm Park.

GENEVA – Five-year-old Molly Gaston wasn't scared as she came face to face with a herd of sheep Saturday afternoon at Peck Farm Park in Geneva.

"I thought they were cute," Molly said.

Families took in a slice of history during the park's Heritage Days on Saturday. The farm, which dates to 1844, once supported more than 2,000 merino sheep.

Molly and her brother, 5-year-old Luke Gaston, were able to see sheep herding demonstrations as part of the day's activities.

"We wanted to let them see how things used to be," said their mother, Sue Gaston.

Donna Lehrer, of Esther’s Place / Lamb of God Farm in Big Rock, was showing visitors how she spins wool from the sheep raised on her farm.

"They get a feel for what it takes to get the wool ready," Lehrer said. "We get 10 pounds of raw wool off a sheep."

Amanda Schleede, program director and instructor at Fine Line Creative Arts Center near St. Charles, was glad to show those stopping by how she goes about making glass bead jewelery.

"It's just a really good creative outlet," she said. "It's definitely a stress reliever for me."

She learned how to make glass bead jewelry taking a class at Fine Line 12 years ago. Schleede makes the beads by melting glass in a flame that reaches 1,800 degrees, then putting the newly-formed beads in a kiln.

"It's one of a kind jewelry," she said. "Each bead is going to be its own unique bead."

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