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Upcoming Events

So much to see, so many

things to do.  Hurry up 

Spring 2017!!



April, 29   11:00AM - 3:00PM

Kite Komotion


May, 2,

Shipshewana  Flea Mkt

Opens for the Season


Mayfest 2017

May 5, 6

Friday All Day 

Events & Activities

Saturday,  Mayfest Parade

Garden and Antique Show

Antique Car Cruse 

after parade


Great Lakes Fiber Show

Wooster, Ohio

May 27, & 28 

Wayne County Fairgrounds


Cooks Buffalo Calf Days

Cooks Bison Ranch

June 17, 2017

Food and Fun Festival

I will be there to spin Bison 

fur, and watch the new calves

and eat,  listen to music

You are all welcome


Antique Fest  & Market

Shipshewana, Indiana


Michigan Fiber Festival

Allegan Michigan Fair Grounds

August 16 thru 20

Spinning & Selling Buffalo Fiber

Friday Free Admission

New Location # 143

New Expo Building

Same Old Buffalo Stuff

New Buffalo Stuff Too!!

See Ya There!! 


Northern Michgan Lamb & Wool

West Branch, Michigan

Sept 30 & October 1, 2017

Food Fun Fiber in Beautiful

Northern Michigan

Ogemaw, County Fairgrounds 

Michigan Woods in Autumn

Leaves Music Fiber Friends Fun

Spinning Fun Colors Free

 Fall Crafters Fair


October 5, 6, & 7

Thur, Fri, Sat

Huge, Fun, Food,

Crafts everywhere.


Catch the Spirit of

Christmas in Shipshewana

Lighting crermony

Events throughout Nov and Dec.

Thousands of lights, Parade

Music decorations and

Holiday foods.


Shipshewana Ice Festival

Ice sculptures throughout town.

Have a great time in Shipshee!!

Bring a child and ride the 

Antique Carosel in the




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In 2004 I Googled my great-grandfather, Waltus Van Fleet and his sweet wife, my great-grandmother, Elizabeth Raplee Van Fleet. I was one of the older grandchildren so I remembered living with their memory and their names were familiar. As websites popped up in answer to the search, it was evident that they were both great-decendants of Joris and Catalynje Trico Rapalje. Catalynje's story as a newlywed teenager who came to New Amsterdam was so new and adventuresome to me! They were my family, and they became my adventure too.

As a spinner, I have been blending buffalo fiber, silk and other exotic fibers for a while and have enjoyed the creativity. The lives of Joris and Catalynje are real to me. They came to this new world with young lives, experienced with spinning and weaving of silk, just as their families had been more that 500 years prior in the silk and textile industry of old Europe. That was the answer for me...that joy I had when working with fiber must have been the way they felt starting new lives in New Amsterdam.

A warm welcome to my  Catalynje Buffalo Fiber Company website.    Please take a look at my site, and stop by our Fiber Show booths to see the spinning of buffalo fiber, and enjoy a little of what I’ve learned about Catalynje!

 New Sign


Watch for my sign on the Garden Gate Cafe sign post.  

This sign will now be posted in our Fiber Booths.


A happy customer wears her newly hand knitted buffalo fiber sweater back for a visit.





   Watch for the Rope story to unfold!






  American Indians used every inch and every ounce of the bison .