WINTERPAST ANIMALS ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE NEWS & OBSERVER TODAY!

Farmer Mary was happy to see her animals on the front page of the N&O today in a story about local live nativities. Baby goat, JESSE and the donkeys, MABEL and CLAIRE were in the first photo.

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On page 12 you can see JESSE again along with BA BA the black sheep.

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In the last photo, of the crowd gathered this past Sunday evening (in the rain!), look closely and you can see Farmer Mary to the right.

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CHRISTMAS EVE LIVING NATIVITY AT HAYES BARTON BAPTIST CHURCH TONIGHT

Farmer Mary and son, Alex, took BA BA the black sheep, DANIEL the white sheep and twin baby goats JESSE and JAMES to Hayes Barton Baptist Church this afternoon.

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After a Children’s Service, families were allowed into the Living Nativity area to meet and pet the animals.

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At 7:00 the Angels, Wisemen, Shepherds and other actors appeared along with music. Cars slowed as they passed and hundreds of people gathered, despite the chilly evening, to view the scene.

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Farmer Mary saw several old friends from when she lived in Five points and several families who visit Winterpast Farm regularly. She and her animals have already been invited back next Christmas!

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WINTERPAST FARM OPEN SCHEDULE FOR CHRISTMAS WEEK

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GILBERT the big white bunny invites you to visit Winterpast Farm over the holidays. Get outside with family and friends and make some unique memories and take some fun photographs. Walk off some of that apple pie…ten fenced acres where all ages can interact with nature (or just sit and watch!)

OPEN:
Tues Dec 23 9-3:30
Wed Dec 25 9-5
Thurs Dec 26 9-5
Fri Dec 27 9-5
Sat Dec 28 9-5
Sun Dec 29 11-5
Mon Dec 30 closed,away event
Tues Dec 31 9-5
Wed Jan 1 9-5
Thurs Jan 2 9-5
Please go to www.winterpast.org and read “your visit” then text Farmer Mary the time you would like to visit. The pigs are both pregnant so bring any holiday food leftovers along!!!

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MABEL AND CLAIRE AT THE HAYES BARTON BAPTIST LIVING NATIVITY

Sunday afternoon Farmer Mary, three of her four teens and several others from Hayes Barton Baptist Church convinced MABEL the donkey that going for a ride in a borrowed horse trailer wouldn’t be so bad. CLAIRE, the littler donkey, loaded up easily with a few carrots to encourage her. While the loaded trailer waited in the driveway at Winterpast Farm the smaller animals were loaded into Farmer Marys car…JESSE and JAMES, the six month old baby goat twins were in the back seat along with DANIEL the lamb in a crate. Daughter, Elizabeth, sat in the passenger seat with BA BA, the black lamb, in her lap.
On arrival at the church, MABEL was disinclined to leave the trailer and needed much encouragement (shoving, pulling, carrots…). Once in the temporary barn she and CLAIRE settled right in eating hay and grass.

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The sheep and goats were tethered in front by the campfire and started in on the hay and grass. Both the black and the white animals showed up nicely in the low light with the wheatstraw underneath.

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Farmer Mary used to live on Aycock Street in Five Points and used to stroll her baby, Ben, up to see the Living Nativity each year. Ben is now a freshman at NCSU and Mary (now “Farmer Mary”) lives on ten acres by Falls Lake where she has created an animal sanctuary petting zoo. Families and groups visit the farm to meet, pet, hold and feed the animals which include a llama, goats, sheep, emu, peacocks, ducks, chickens, mini donkeys and lots of bunnies and guinea pigs. Farmer Mary takes animals to schools, churches and to community events. She hosts Birthday parties, meetings, bonfires, campouts and other events at the farm and also rents pets by the week. This recycling of existing pets allows her to feed all the former pets who find their way to Winterpast Farm. Farmer Mary also takes her animals to private homes for Birthday parties and other celebrations (for all ages!)

BA BA, the black Shetland lamb, was donated to Winterpast Farm because his wool grew in the wrong color.

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JESSE (white baby goat) and JAMES (black twin brother) were born at Winterpast Farm. Their Mother, DOLLY, was donated when a 4-H program ended.

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DANIEL, the white lamb with two black eyes was born at Winterpast Farm. His mom is JULIET LOUISE and his dad was a four horned Jacob ram who stayed at the farm briefly (but long enough!)

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Farmer Mary invites all the new friends she made at the Living Nativity to visit Winterpast Farm to see all the animals. read the tab “your visit” which explains how to set up a family visit and tells you what kinds of food to bring for the animals. Farmer Mary has two pregnant pigs, so feel free to bring any holiday leftovers!!

The Living Nativity goes on again tonight (Monday) and Christmas eve from 7-9. Please consider bringing your family to see this very realistic portrayal of the birth of Jesus.
If anyone got good pics pls email them to Farmer Mary at marymomfarmer@hotmail.com so she can post. thanks!

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BUY A LITTLE LLAMA! SHOP LOCAL FOR CHRISTMAS THIS YEAR!

Help support a small family farm and buy a few christmas ornaments at Winterpast farm. Farmer Mary makes pottery llamas and other shapes ( hearts, stars, bunnies…if YOU have a favorite cookie cutter shape she would love to borrow it and make you your very own)

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Ornaments are $5 each. They are perfect to hang around the neck of a bottle of wine you are gifting, or to hang on your Christmas tree as a memory of LUCKY the llama at Winterpast Farm.
You don’t have to have a paid farm visit to buy. A large selection is hanging by the barn entrance. Just drop by any time and pay in the box at the gate.

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