The students from Williamstown Elementary School with Will. This shows the card they made (top) as well as the check and delicious apple pie with a spider design crust.
Our recent fire has made for a tough couple of weeks leading up to Thanksgiving Day. But our neighbors and friends have really gone the extra mile in helping us. We especially appreciated a group of students from the elementary school who came by to give us money they collected as well as a special gift.
The students chose us as their community project this holiday season. It turns out that many of them have visited the farm in the past for tours I give for school kids. I focus on how amazing spiders are and how beneficial they are to us in so many ways.
The students had held a coin drop to help us with the clean-up and rebuilding. They also made a very nice spider card for the presentation and a tasty apple pie with a spider design crust. (see below).
The sight of them trooping up the hill to the farm, the thoughtfulness of the presentation and just that they chose us brought tears to my eyes. It was all captured by our local news team and you can see the report on their site. (http://bit.ly/2gf8xzq)
This all happened just days after a fundraiser dinner/dance put on by some of our friends. That was also a touching moment when they presented us with the check. I got choked up that night also.
In this time of thanksgiving Mother and I are thankful that no one was hurt in the fire (including our cat) and for the thoughtfulness of our neighbors and visitors. We are truly thankful and blessed.
This has been a tough couple of weeks for mother and me. First, to watch helplessly as flames consumed the shop and store. Then standing by as the pile of rubble was loaded up and hauled away. I’d much rather have been getting the store ready for the next customers.
But I just can’t sit still. I’ve already started planning what the new shop will have and look like. People have been stopping in to inquire about us and see if it’s really true. I understand, sometimes you just have to see something with your own eyes. I tell them, I did see it with my own eyes – and it wasn’t pretty.
A lot of the visitors, and some callers, have asked if they can help us rebuild. Well our daughter has started a fund raising page on a site I never heard of, called GoFundMe. We really appreciate her doing this. Even if you don’t want to donate, you should check out the nice way she wrote everything up. You can go directly to the page by following this link to GoFundMe.
Don’t forget to check back with us in the spring for an update on our plans. Thanks for your concern and support.
On October 25th the Spider Web Farm was destroyed by fire. It was devastating. Fortunately no one was hurt but all machinery, equipment and raw materials were destroyed. Our 40th year was so rewarding. Although webs were scarce we met so many people from all over the world who enjoyed their visit.
All is not lost! We have our web collecting sheds, our “Spiders At Work” sign and, with the encouragement of family and friends, are planning to begin again.
Look for posts on the website as we work our way through this winter and we’ll share future plans. We’ve posted pictures of the cleanup below
You all have brought us so very much pleasure over the years and we’re hopeful we’ll be making a comeback. We love you all and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving and a may we meet again.
Will and Terry
This is what was left after the firemen hosed it down to prevent a restart.
The cleanup begins.
Having celebrated my 90th birthday this winter it takes me longer to get moving these days. While the going is slow, we’re looking forward to collecting spider webs this summer. Folks stopping by have been great even though the spiders are scarce
and not yet producing.
The weather looks promising, but so far no really warm and humid days to bring out the bugs and the spiders. Stay in touch and email if you have questions. We look forward to getting our 40th year of collecting back on track.
Every year I do a little Christmas display. I have it out now if you’d like to drop by (but not on Christmas Day or New Year’s). If you can’t make it, on behalf of the entire Knight family, we want to wish you Season’s Greetings. And remember, treat each other nice during the whole year. See you next summer.
We had a visit from Girl Scout troop 509 from Berwick, Maine last week. I got to answer their questions about spiders and show them how I harvest the webs. It was a fun visit for us all. Great kids and a great time.
I’m sure Terry and I were not the only ones looking forward to this summer. After the long hard winter and a short cold, wet spring we can’t wait to start collecting webs.
Will is waiting for his next customer – you.
Winter was hard on the spiders too and we’re taking our time collecting to preserve our precious resource.
We are open and welcome visitors. We do have webs available in the store and many at sale prices. The store is open daily from 10AM to 6PM. We’re open every day during the summer except for Independence Day. That’s our one day to spend with our family and we look forward to that.
We will be closed on July 4th but open on the 3rd and 5th. We hope to see you this summer.
The web frames are up and the caution sign is out. Now I’m just waiting for you.
We’re just about ready to open and none too soon. We had both appointments and some drop-ins this holiday weekend. Luckily I’ve been as busy as a mid summer spider.
After a long winter and a cold spring we finally got the web racks up and are ready to begin our season. Now we have to hope the weather will cooperate and the spiders get to work. The Spider Web Farm will be open this weekend!
We officially open the weekend of May 30. You never know what the season will bring, but it’ll be good to see new folks and old friends again.
This was our toughest winter in all our years here in Vermont. Health issues, snow and just trying to keep warm kept us housebound and out of the shop. Winter seems to be finally over! No signs of spiders yet, but I did feel some spider silk brush against my face so hope springs eternal.
We’re way behind in our preparation which includes cleaning the cobwebs out of the corner windows, sweeping the dust out of the store and putting up our web racks for the start of the new season.
Going through our inventory we did discover some mail order webs, They may not last though so you may have to wait until we build up our supplies during the summer months.
Just in time for Halloween the weekly paper Seven Days did a nice story about us. Thse of you who have visited us will appreciate how well they caught on to my sense of humor. (And what I have to put up with. – Terry)
You can find the article here: http://www.sevendaysvt.com/vermont/a-vt-couple-farms-spiders-for-fun-and-profit-at-knights-spider-web-farm
Read it and keep warm with a mug of hot cider. I’ve got to get back up to the shop (and put another stick in the wood stove.)