Tuck­a­hoe Trea­sures Al­paca Farm host Christ­mas open house

Times-Record - - Front Page - By ABBY AN­DREWS aan­drews@car­o­line­times­record.com

DEN­TON — Tuck­a­hoe Trea­sures Al­paca Farm is host­ing a Christ­mas open house, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satur­day, Nov. 26, on the farm at 8955 Tuck­a­hoe Road, Den­ton.

Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus will be on hand all day, and chil­dren and adults alike can also en­joy tours of the farm and mul­ti­ple demon­stra­tions, in­clud­ing ones by black­smith David Col­lier, of Bro­ken Ham­mer Forge in Hen­der­son.

The farm’s store will of­fer a chance to get a jump on hol­i­day shop­ping, with its stock of yarn, scarves, socks and sweaters.

Socks made with warm al­paca wool will be dis­counted, and any­one who makes a pur­chase will get a 20 per­cent off coupon that will be good on all pur­chases through­out De­cem­ber.

The 200-acre farm is owned by Glenn and Elaine Orme. The cou­ple have grown soy­beans, bar­ley, wheat and corn for years, Elaine Orme said, but a few years ago, they wanted to add live­stock.

“We looked at ev­ery­thing — buf­falo, emus, cows,” Orme said.

Orme said they picked al­pacas be­cause their value is in their wool, not their meat, so it is not nec­es­sary to kill them. They’re also eas­ier to care for than a lot of other live­stock.

“They’re beau­ti­ful, docile crea­tures,” Orme said.

The Ormes bought their first an­i­mal in 2009 from an­other Caro­line County al­paca farm, Out­stand­ing Dreams Farm, out­side Pre­ston.

To­day, Tuck­a­hoe Trea­sures has 28 al­pacas, in­clud­ing two youths, called crias, and two preg­nant fe­male al­pacas who are due in the spring.

Orme said all of their al­pacas are also for sale.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410-479-2971 or visit www.tuck­a­hoe­trea­sures.com.

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Tuck­a­hoe Trea­sures Al­paca Farm will be host­ing a Christ­mas open house Satur­day, Nov. 26, on the farm at 8955 Tuck­a­hoe Road, Den­ton.

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