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Clarksville Lady Buggs meet at ‘The Farm’ / April 29, 2010
The Clarksville “Lady Buggs,” a chapter of the Red Hat Society, met at CornerStone Farm Bed and Breakfast in Red Oak for a recent outing that included a goat milking demonstration, a lite-fare lunch, and a cheese making demonstration.

Barb and Ward Halligan, of CornerStone Farm, hosted the event with 22 ladies in attendance. Barb’s brother Bill was also there to answer questions and share humor with the group. It was an enjoyable day on the farm — warm weather for outside dining, friendly camaraderie of members, and an informational, yet fun filled cheese making presentation

The day was very pleasant at The Farm; relaxing on the wraparound porch, taking in the warm sun and soft, cool, breeze, and watching the pastoral setting of farm animals grazing. The outing started with a goat milking demonstration in the barn. A few in the group even tried their hand in milking the goats themselves. The ladies could not get over how cute the baby goats were. Many enjoyed strolling around the farm grounds and were thrilled by the newborn calf at play.

“We offer a variety of farm-craft demonstrations to show how they are done, cheese, soap, felting, weaving or spinning” said Barb Halligan, explaining some of the offerings at CornerStone Farm Bed and Breakfast. “The farm offers a relaxed and scenic environment for business meetings or an enjoyable outing experience for groups.”

The society ladies asked questions of Barb as she talked about the history and health benefits of cheese during her cheese-making demonstration. Many ladies shared old farm stories they remembered growing up drinking goat’s milk or making cheese. The most asked question was, “why does goat’s cheese have such a strong flavor?”

Barb went on to explain that the goat care at CornerStone Farm does not result in pungent goat cheese, but rather a delightfully sweet cheese from her Nigerian Dwarf goats, a miniature breed of dairy goats. The Lady Buggs were pleasantly surprised at the delicious sweet flavor of the CornerStone cheese. Many exclaimed the cheese did not taste “goaty, this is good!”

The outing was arranged by Pat Wells of the Lady Buggs Red Hat Society of Clarksville.

For further information on CornerStone Farm in Red Oak, call 434-735-0527 or visit on-line at

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