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May 2017

  • May - the First Week in June, History Alive Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trips at the Enfield Shaker Museum 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
    • Grade 4 and 5 student groups spend a day in the work of the Shakers as part of their study of regional history. Students will learn about the Shaker craftsmanship, integrity in business, stewardship of their land, creative inventions, and strong sense of community. The day will be filled with learning in a reproduction 1850s school room, singing Shaker songs, baking bread in a Shaker kitchen, and other fun activities.
      Cost: $5 per student. Transportation scholarships available.
      For more information or to schedule a field trip, call the Museum or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • May 21, Herbal First Aid Kit Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Join instructor Susan Daniel, an organic farmer and oil enthusiast for an introduction to the world of natural herbal remedies and how they can be easily produced.
      Cost: $30 per person. $25 for Museum members.
      To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • May 23, Tuesday Tour: The Ministry House, the Building and the Site at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Take a tour in and around the Ministry House to learn where the structure originally stood and how the Shakers used it. Then, listen to the interpreter discuss how the Shakers organized their leadership system and who the Ministry were.
      Cost: Included with Museum admission.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • May 23, Balance, Flexibility and Strength; Tai Chi with Marcia Wyman at Canterbury Shaker Village 5:00pm-6:30pm
    • Presented by the Concord Food Co-op as part of their series of Wellness and Green Living Workshops at the Village.
      Become aware of the importance of body alignment in regards to Balance and Health. Participants will enjoy short sessions of both Qi Gong and Tai Chi. Awareness will center on shifting weight, use of the feet and the importance of opening energy channels. No experience needed. Wear loose fitting clothes and soft shoes and/or socks.
      This is a free Concord Food Co-op workshop hosted in conjunction with Canterbury Shaker Village, and is open to adults and mature teenagers. No Co-op membership required. Please register here.
      The class will take place at the Organic Gardens, next to the garden barn (building #32). Free parking is available behind buildings #24 and #33. Click here to see the village map.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • May 26, Celebrate 30 Years at the Enfield Shaker Museum at the Enfield Shaker Museum 6:00 pm
    • Join us for a Black-Tie Fundraiser as we celebrate 30 years as a Museum.
      We will start the evening with appetizers and drinks and a short review of the Museum’s 30 years in the Meeting Room with remarks from volunteers and staff who were there in the very beginning! Swap stories with seasoned ESM volunteers and members and meet the newcomers, discuss the changes and improvements throughout the Museum’s history.
      We will then move to the Dining Room for a sumptuous, three-course Shaker inspired dinner prepared by B&W Catering. Seats are limited, so get your reservation in early!
      Cost: $100 per person. $75 Museum members. Reservations required.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • May 27, Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 8:00 am - 10:00 am
    • Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem; the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fischer, fox and an occasional black bear. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sighting also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 2-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size limited to 12.
      Free but pre-registration is required.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • May 27 & 28, Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill May 27, 2017 @ 8:00 am - May 28, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
    • Spend the weekend with world-acclaimed musicians from New York’s Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Now in its 11th year, the Chamber Music Festival of the Bluegrass is a Central Kentucky cultural destination. Join CMS Artistic Directors David Finckel and Wu Han for remarkable performances in the Meeting House and the Meadow View Barn.
      Artists and complete program announced early 2017. Download the 2016 Festival program. Please consider purchasing tickets early! Venue seating is limited.
      Exclusive Patron Events feature opportunities to meet the artists throughout the weekend.
      Purchase Tickets
    • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330
  • Monday, May 29 – June 9 and June 12 – June 23, Archaeological Field School at the Enfield Shaker Museum 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
    • Conducted by Plymouth State University and directed by Dr. David Starbuck, Professor of Anthropology at PSU, this four-week field school will be our third professional archaeological excavation at Enfield, and should prove to be another exciting season.
      There will be both a four-week college credit offering through Plymouth State University and two, two-week volunteer offerings open to the public.
      Cost: Plymouth State University Students: Pricing to come soon.
      Volunteers (must be 18 years or older and must register for at least two weeks to participate). Free.
      Space is limited, so please register early.
      To register, or if you have questions, you may contact Dr. Starbuck directly at dstarbuck@plymouth.edu.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748

June 2017

  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • June 3 & 17 (A two day workshop), Shaker Chair in a Box at Canterbury Shaker Village 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Dates: Saturdays, June 3rd and 17th, 2017 (two day workshop)
      Time: 9am-5pm (Lunch is not provided – students should bring their own packed lunch or can purchase lunch at the The Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand.)
      Tickets: $170 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members, $185 for Non-Members. Please purchase tickets here.
      If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to make your own Shaker chair – this is the workshop for you! The first Saturday, you’ll assemble and prepare a Shaker chair kit and learn to apply a paint, oil or stain finish. During the week, you’ll complete the finishing at home. The second Saturday, you’ll learn to tape the seat.
      Students should bring: Material for taking notes and a Shaker chair kit of their choosing, which may be ordered through the Canterbury Shaker Village Museum Store.
      Instructor: A lifelong interest in woodworking drew Dick Bennett to Canterbury Shaker Village in 2004. He has since served as a Museum Interpreter, Shaker Craft Demonstrator & Workshop Leader.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • June 6, Tuesday Tour: Laundry/Dairy Building at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Take a tour in and around the oldest structures that have survived from the Enfield Shaker community. The Laundry/Dairy Building is a gem that still retains much of its original Shaker characteristics and is normally closed to the public, but as part of a special Tuesday Tour participants will get to explore this important part of the Enfield Shaker Museum.
      Cost: Included with Museum admission.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • June 10, Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:30 am 2:00 pm
    • The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.
      Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 10 and June 24, Two Day Rug Hooking Workshop: Woolly Sheep at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm each day
    • Sister Eliza Jeffers (1868-1955) produced a number of hooked rugs at the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Villages. Join Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works for two Saturdays of learning this heritage North American craft.
      Participants will hook an 8" x 8" design inspired by the Shakers’ sheep! This can then be finished as a table mat or wall hanging, or a scented buckwheat or stuffed pillow – your choice! All materials are included (including Shaker wool and curly local wool fiber) and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the duration of the class or to purchase at the end.
      Please bring a small pair of scissors – embroidery scissors are perfect. Workshop is suited for beginner and intermediate levels. Class size: 10.
      Pre-registration required. $150.00
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 10, Eco Printing Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Since the 1790s, the Shakers have been inspired by many elements of the natural world.
      Record your visit to the Shaker Village by printing our plants on fabric! Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you the art and craft of Eco-printing; a process where plant materials are placed on specially treated fabric and then steamed to release the pigments in the plants, leaving realistic prints of the plants on the fabric. Participants will learn about which plants print reliably and will have a chance to experiment with other plants and to gather their own plants on the grounds of Shaker Village. Students will take home eight printed pieces of fabric, including one silk scarf.
      All materials will be supplied. Class size: 15
      Cost: $90.00 for members – $95.00 for non-members
      Consider also taking the Embroidered Eco-Print workshop in September to further enhance your finished scarf!
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 10, Knitting for Beginners Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach the basic skills of knitting. You will become familiar with knitting terms, reading a pattern, checking a gauge, increasing, decreasing, and exploring different textile patterns achieved with knitting and purling. You will use Shaker wool yarn to create a pouch with a button closure. Betsey will enthusiastically teach you about keeping traditional arts alive – learn a new skill and make some new friends!
      All materials will be supplied including bamboo knitting needles and Shaker yarn. Class size: 8
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
      Consider following up later in the season (September 16, 2017) by taking the Intermediate Knitting workshop!
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 11, Flower Essences Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Join Susan Daniel, an organic farmer and oil enthusiast, as she discusses and helps you create essential oils and flower essences that can be used in the home for a variety of purposes. This workshop will feature fresh flowers and be a wonderful way to begin the summer season.
      Cost: $30 per person. $25 for Museum members.
      To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • June 13, Tuesday Tour: Shaker Joinery Tour at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join a Museum educator for a tour and discussion of the unique joinery techniques that the Shakers used on the structures in the Enfield community. This tour will feature visually unseen views of architecture in multiple structures at the Enfield Shaker Museum.
      Cost: Included with Museum admission
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • June 11, Medicinal Plant Walk at Canterbury Shaker Village 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Tickets: $20 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members, $25 for Non-Members. Please purchase tickets here.
      Join Clinical Herbalist and Wild Forager Sara Woods Kender for a gentle jaunt through the forests and fields of Canterbury Shaker Village in search of medicinal plants. Our backyards are full of medicine – come explore the fields and forest to discover what Mother Earth has provided. Sara will introduce participants to medicinal plants commonly found in New Hampshire and discuss the best way to prepare them for use. Bring comfortable hiking shoes, a pen and notebook to take notes, and your enthusiasm for the exploring the outdoors.
      Instructor: Sara Woods Kender began her journey into herbalism at a young age. Her lifelong love of spending time outdoors and finding sactuary in nature eventually grew into an interest in natural healing and medicinal plants. In 2008, Sara became a clinical herbalist and she continues to participate in workshops, conferences, and classes to hone her skills as a healer and broaden her knowledge as an herbalist.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • June 15, Flower Arrangement Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 4:00 – 6:00 pm
    • Join our Garden Coordinator for a workshop on the art of arranging flowers. This workshop will feature all the main aspects of flower arranging including cutting, design, care and maintenance. Please bring a vase of your choice and garden shears.
      Cost: $35 per person. $30 for Museum members.
      To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • June 15, Learn to Tape a Shaker Chair at Canterbury Shaker Village 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Time: 9am-5pm (Lunch is not provided – students should bring a packed lunch or can purchase lunch at the The Shaker Box Lunch and Farm Stand.)
      Tickets: $125 for Canterbury Shaker Village Members; $135 for Non-Members. Please purchase tickets here.
      If you’ve ever thought it would be fun to tape or re-tape your own Shaker chair – this is the workshop for you! Have you ever wondered how the Shakers wove those elegant chair seats without any ends showing? You’ll learn to prepare the chiar frame, calculate the quantity of tape required, plan a weaving pattern & tape the seat. You’ll even get a tool kit to take home! You need to furnish your own suitable chair frame. If you don’t have a chair you want to tape, you might be interested in the Shaker Chair in a Box workshop!
      Students should bring: Material for take notes and an acceptable Shaker chair frame. Chair tape is also require, which may be ordered through the Canterbury Shaker Village Museum Store.
      Instructor: A lifelong interest in woodworking drew Dick Bennett to Canterbury Shaker Village in 2004. He has since served as a Museum Interpreter, Shaker Craft Demonstrator & Workshop Leader.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • June 17, Well Crafted - Brews + Bands at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    • Well Crafted—Brews + Bands celebrates the quality and diversity of Kentucky’s music and craft beer cultures by bringing together a flavorful mix of up-and-coming breweries with favorite local musicians in a venue like no other. Sample brews in the craft beer tent while enjoying live music on two stages!
      In celebration of the Shakers’ progressive agricultural and conservationist heritage, the event will be organized from the ground up as a low-waste weekend. All proceeds from the event will support Shaker Village’s agricultural and environmental student and family education programs. Each year, Shaker Village serves thousands of students and teachers, and with your help, the organization can introduce new, diverse field trips, workshops and activities to reconnect youth with the outdoors.
    • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, 3501 Lexington Rd., Harrodsburg, KY 40330
  • June 21, Simply Shaker Summer Celebration: Annual Dinner & Auction in Support of the Village at Canterbury Shaker Village 5:00 pm
    • Join fellow members and Village supporters for a special tour, an auction and festive evening to benefit Canterbury Shaker Village. Complimentary wine and beer throughout the evening.
      Tickets: $75 per person, $600 for a table of eight.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • June 21-24, The 12th Annual Maine Festival of American Music presented by Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
    • The Maine Festival of American Music seeks to broaden knowledge of Shaker music and its history in the context of the wider world of classical and folk music.
      The concerts will be dedicated to the life and legacy of Sister Frances Carr, 89 years old, who died peacefully at Shaker Village on January 2nd of this year. Through many decades, Sister Frances was a huge supporter of Shaker Village's public programs and shared her love of Shaker music, classical music, and folk music through our 4-day music festival. The famous Shaker song, Simple Gifts, was among her favorite performances offered in a hauntingly beautiful renditions arranged and performed each year by the Portland String Quartet
      The Shakers host the festival with all concerts taking place in their 1794 Meeting House, one of Maine's most beautiful and acoustically superb venues for vocal and instrumental performances.
      Click Here for Concerts and Tickets
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 24, Gel Printing: Print the Herb Garden Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Since the 1790s, the Shakers have been inspired by many elements of the natural world.
      Gelatin print making is a form of monotype printing. Instructor and artist Bonnie Faulkner, owner of Heron Point Gallery in Portland, will teach you how to create beautiful prints without a press using botanicals from the Shaker Herb Garden. It’s simple, versatile and addictive. This workshop is well suited for professional or novice printmakers, craft enthusiasts or anyone with a desire to try it! The basic materials are non-toxic, and cleans up with water. All materials will be provided along with a recipe for making your own gel plate at home.
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
      If you take the afternoon bookbinding workshop (June 24, 2017) , you can use some of your gel prints to make your own books! Class size: 10.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 24, Simple Bookbinding Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • In the early 19th century, the Shakers produced many of their own books using simple bookbinding techniques.
      Artist and instructor Bonnie Faulkner, owner of Heron Point Gallery in Portland, will teach the art of handmade books. In this workshop you will be making three books, each with a different binding. These are simple and can be adapted to your own individual style. Using a variety of fancy papers, waxed linen and cotton cord, book boards and basic bookbinding tools, you’ll stitch, glue and fold to create these blank books to use as a journal or sketchbook or give as gifts.
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
      If you took the morning gel printing class (June 24, 2017), you will have some gorgeous paper to use for covers! All materials are provided. Class size: 10
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 24, Herbal Pantry at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 2 Sessions offered. Morning 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Afternoon 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years.
      Create your own herbal pantry! Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will learn how to make wonderful seasonings from fresh and dried herbs. Master gardener Betsey Golon will teach you how to make and take home herbal salt, herbal pepper, herbal infused oil, herbal infused vinegar, herbal mustard, herbal sugar, and a custom no-salt herb blend.
      There is a morning session and afternoon session.
      Cost for each session: $35.00 for members – $40.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 24, Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter. In the early 1800’s thrifty women would recycle and repurpose worn textiles into folk art designs to create bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces for colorful adornments. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the “penny rug.” Other pieces used images of fruits, flowers, houses, and animals to create a pictorial scene. Simple stitches will be used such as the blanket stitch plus a few other decorative stitches. Other historic techniques such as shirred wools will be added to make each piece unique. Several samples will be shown and you choose your own design.
      After completing your piece, you will have the skills to go on to creating others for family and friends. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool.
      Age 12 and up, all levels welcome. Class size: 10.
      Cost: $65.00 for members – $70.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • June 24, Provender Basket Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • A Provender Basket is a traditional semi-flat basket perfect for gathering cut flowers and herbs from the garden. This basket is woven in reed with an inserted oak handle. It measures 18” x 10” x 11” high, including the handle. Instructions on how to tea dye your basket will be given during the workshop.
      Fee: $65/$58 HSV members; plus $20 materials fee paid directly to instructor
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927
  • June 24, Becoming a Photographic Artist: The Art of Seeing at Hancock Shaker Village 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (rain date of Sunday, June 25)
    • Learn to see and photograph the world in new fresh ways. Learning to see and just not look will reveal the richness and beauty of our world that is normally hidden from view. Instead of emphasizing subject matter or the technical aspects of photography, learn to capture your visual experiences as you more see clearly and make images based on fresh perceptions.
      Workshop is open to anyone ages 16 and older; all photography skills welcome. Participants should bring a photo-taking device with them—phones or cameras welcome.
      Tuition: $60/$55 HSV members
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927

July 2017

  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • July 22, Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:30 am 2:00 pm
    • The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.
      Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 22, Cold-Process Soap Making Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 2 Sessions. Morning 9:00 am - 12:00 pm, Afternoon 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Throughout the 1800s, the Shakers made large batches of household soap in a large vat in the Soap Room, adjacent to the Community’s Wash Room in the 1821 Sisters’ Shop.
      Join Bill and Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works to learn an easy, all natural cold process bath bar recipe. Students will be provided with all of the materials necessary, including a soap mold, to make a 2-pound loaf of cold process soap, which will produce up to 8 bath-size bars. A variety of essential oils will be used to scent batches and dried herbs and flowers from the Shakers’ historic herb gardens will be used for decoration to make lavender soap and citrus lemon verbena with calendula soap. Directions for cutting, curing, and testing the soap at home will be included.
      There is a morning and afternoon session, this listing is for the morning session. Class size: 10.
      Cost for each session: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 22, House Basket Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world.
      Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. This colorful, simple basket with wrapped handle adds beauty to every room! Color may vary from photo. Finished basket is 10" x 11" at base, 7" tall plus handle. Participants have a choice of a plain handle or, if time and energy allows, you can learn to weave the wrapped handle.
      All materials, tools, and supplies are included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.
      Cost: $70.00 for members – $75.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 22, Herbal Wreath Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 2 Sessions. Morning 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Afternoon 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    • The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years.
      Master gardener Betsey Golon will lead participants in creating a wreath from fresh and dried herbs and flowers harvested from the Shakers’ historic gardens, under cultivation since 1783. Create a treasured heirloom that will retain their marvelous fragrance for years to come. Participants will learn how to develop a design using color, texture and balance.
      There is a morning session and afternoon session.
      Cost for each session: $35.00 for members – $40.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 22, Needle Felting Workshop: Sheep at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will lead you in creating a wool sheep figure. The process will include making wire frame work, carding, and wrapping wool, and how to use felting needles to create your own sheep sculpture. Felting needles have tiny barbs on the shaft so that as you poke the wool it meshes the fibers together and holds the shape. It’s easy and fun!
      All materials will be supplied. Class size: 10
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
      Consider taking the morning Wet Felting workshop (July 22, 2017), too, and making a full day of felting fun! This series of workshops will explore the different techniques of felting wool with needle felting and wet felting. Felt is a textile produced by matting, condensing, and pressing wool fibers together. Learn one or both!
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 22, Wet Felting Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
    • Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach this wet felting workshop. You will learn different techniques of using water, soap, and agitation with different resources to create the binding affect. You will learn to use a felting stone, nylon, and bubblewrap to create dryer balls, wool beads to string into a garland, and acorn earrings. You will also wet felt a wool fabric that could be used to create a felted vessel or scarf. The possibilities are endless!
      All materials will be supplied. Class size: 10
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
      Consider taking the afternoon Needle Felting workshop(July 22, 2017), too, and making a full day of felting fun! This series of workshops will explore the different techniques of felting wool with needle felting and wet felting. Felt is a textile produced by matting, condensing, and pressing wool fibers together. Learn one or both!
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • July 23, Open Farm Day at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Noon - 4:00 pm
    • More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management, since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.
      Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, dovetail demonstration by Chris Becksvoort, tin-type photography demonstration. Bake sale and plant sale. Barbeque lunch plates.
      Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are open. Book signings Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public! Bring your cameras!
      FREE!
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

August 2017

  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • August 5, Shaker Inspirations: A Day of Music and Dance at Canterbury Shaker Village Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Daytime activities and performances. 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Evening performance of The Zealous Laborers.
    • A day devoted to cultivating personal inspiration, Canterbury Shaker Village invites you to walk the Village grounds, expand your thinking, discover something new, make a connection and express yourself from the heart. Shaker Inspirations will feature special programs, demonstrations, performances, and more. The Shaker legacy offers each of us something different. Join us!
      Cost: Daytime activities and performances: Included with the cost of regular admission (no charge for Members). Combined ticket of daytime activities and evening performance of The Zealous Laborers: $35.
      More information on the Shaker Dance Revival Project.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • August 19, Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:30 am 2:00 pm
    • The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.
      Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 19, Shaker-Style Carrier Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • From large cupboards to small boxes, the Shakers are known for their sense of design, attention to detail, and orderliness.
      Join internationally-known, master cabinetmaker Chris Becksvoort for this Shaker classic. Based on the original piece made by the Mount Lebanon Shakers around the year 1840, attendees will build a white pine Shaker carrier with center handle, four dovetailed corners and a quarter sawn bottom. This is a very useful carrier for tableware, mail and bills, or to organize small items around the house and shop. Knowledge of making a dovetail is required for this workshop. Materials will be provided.
      Please bring: pencil, ruler, marking gauge, knife, dovetail marker or T-bevel, square, 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" & 3/4" chisel, mallet, dovetail saw and spokeshave. Class size: 8
      Cost: $95.00 for members – $100.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 19, Space-Dyed Market Basket Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • The Shakers are renowned for their basket-making practices, having produced hundreds of utility baskets throughout the 1800s.
      Join artist and basketmaker Carolyn Kemp for this exciting contemporary twist on a classic basket design. Participants will complete a traditional plain weave market basket from space dyed reed that has beautiful subtle transitions of hand-dyed color.
      Your choice of Rainbow jewel tone reeds with oak handle for $85 OR Shades of Blue reeds with oak handle for $75. (price difference is due to material preparation)
      All materials will be custom-created for this class and provided to participants. No prior experience necessary. Class size: 9.
      Cost: Shades of Blue Basket $70.00 for members – $75.00 for non-members. Cost: Rainbow Basket $80.00 for members - $85.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 19, Woodcarving Workshop: Dogwood Flower Pin at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Join local, award-winning, master-carver Norm Devonshire for the basics of carving, including proper use of the knife, types of cuts, methods and techniques, and sharpening. All participants will complete their own finished carving of a beautiful dogwood flower and learn the legend of the dogwood tree. Leave with the skill set to begin a new hobby of woodcarving. If time allows, you may also be able to paint your flower.
      No prior experience necessary. Ages 14 and up. Carving knives will be furnished for use, and for sale at additional cost. Class size: 6.
      Cost: $45.00 for members – $50.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 19, Candlewicking: Embroidered Sachets Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
    • Needlework was an important part of daily life at Shaker Village. The Sisters used their needlework talents for the production of handmade goods and taught the young girls the art at a very young age.
      Candlewicking is an early form of needlework and was done at a time when fancy threads were a luxury. Join local quilter and needleworker Dianne Devonshire and choose from six patterns to make a sachet that will be filled with your choice of Shaker Lavender or Shaker Potpourri. Traditionally, candlewicking is done with white thread on a white fabric but there will be a choice of color thread if you’d like to experiment. This is a great technique to learn for embellishing baby blankets and other gifts!
      All materials for the sachet are included. Please bring a 7 or 8 inch embroidery hoop (there will be a number available on-site if you are unable to obtain one) and a small pair of scissors. No prior experience necessary. Class size: 6.
      Cost: $45.00 for members – $50.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 26, Maine Native American Summer Market & Demonstration at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
    • The 9th annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.
      The Maine Native American Summer Market provides a rare opportunity to purchase museum-quality crafts directly from Maine’s finest Wabanaki artists, nationally recognized and honored for their role in the preservation of important traditions. A wide selection of crafts are offered for a range of prices from a few dollars to several hundred dollars (cash/personal check accepted by all artists). Rain or shine. Free admission.
      BBQ dinner plates will be for sale to the public (while supplies last).
      More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, singing, dancing and storytelling by the Burnurwurbskek Singers, Dancers from the Penobscot Nation, and Micmac spiritual leader David Sanipass. This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture.
      FREE ADMISSION! Rain or shine.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • August 27, Farm to Fork Fondo rides through Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village
    • The Farm to Fork Fondo is coming back to Shaker Village on Sunday, August 27th! We are proud to be an Aid Station. If you are an avid bicyclist and want a unique, fun, and tasty way to travel through the area and meet local Maine farmers, sign up today or visit their Facebook event page! The Shaker Village farm is on the 'Gran' route.
      Or, if you love cheering riders on, consider joining us as a volunteer and wave folks in to welcome them to Shaker Village, give out refreshments, and send them back on their journey. Each farm has a 'team' that cheers cyclists on. Shaker Village is team RED and all volunteers will receive a t-shirt. At the end of their rides, cyclists will vote for their favorite team of volunteers and cash prizes will be awarded by Wrenegade Sports! Last year our team won $550 which we put towards improvements in the Shaker Herb Department. Contact Jamie if interested in volunteering info@maineshakers.com or 207-926-4597.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

September 2017

  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • September 16, Willis Henry Shaker Auction
    • Shaker Auction at Hancock Shaker Village. More details to come.
  • September 16, Canterbury Artisan Festival at Canterbury Shaker Village 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • The Canterbury Artisan Festival celebrates Traditional Arts with an Artisan Craft Fair & Farmers’ Market, music, artisan food, family craft activities, farm animals and demonstrations.
      Tickets $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-17, children under 5 free. Members Free.
      Interested vendors, please apply here.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • September 16, Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:30 am 2:00 pm
    • The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.
      Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • September 16, Embroidered Eco Prints Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Every Shaker girl was taught a variety of types of hand stitching, skills which they mastered by the time they were young adults.
      Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you how to use five or six simple embroidery stitches to accent an eco print, turning it into a lovely souvenir of the Shaker Village’s plants. Images of plants from the Village’s fields and gardens will be captured on fabric through a process known as eco printing. Students will select from eco prints made by the teacher with plants from the Village, including maple, rose, and black walnut, or take the earlier workshop (June 10, 2017) to make your own Eco-Print to embroider! Students will have the opportunity to stitch with a variety of threads, including silk, wool and cotton. All materials will be supplied. Class size: 8
      Cost: $70.00 for members – $75.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • September 16, Intermediate Knitting: Christmas Stocking Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach you how to knit a mini stocking. This workshop is for knitters that already know the basics of knitting and purling (or have taken the Beginner’s Knitting workshop on June 10, 2017).
      Students will complete a miniature Christmas stocking and take home a pattern for a larger stocking. Learn to knit with multi-colors, use a bobbin, graph a pattern, and turn a heel. There is something magical about creating and executing your own design! Start a fun family tradition by creating unique Christmas stockings using Shaker wool yarns. Betsey will enthusiastically teach you about keeping traditional arts alive – learn a new skill and make some new friends!
      All materials will be supplied including bamboo knitting needles and Shaker wool yarn. Class size: 8
      Cost: $50.00 for members – $55.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • September 16, Explore Digital Photography Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    • Sabbathday Lake’s Brother Delmer Wilson (1873-1961) launched his photography hobby in 1898 with glass plate negatives and using all types film through his life, including color Polaroid!
      Join New Gloucester photographer Vicki Lund in this workshop designed to familiarize participants with how to create a great shot using the features of your digital cameras. Vicki will teach camera operation/functions, use of natural light, composition, raw vs jpeg file formats, & white balance. After a brief class time, you will explore the grounds of Shaker Village, photographing along the way, returning to the class for critique.
      Please bring your camera manual, SD card, fresh batteries, and a tripod if you have one. Class size: 12.
      Cost: $45.00 for members – $50.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • September 16, Natural Dyes for Wool Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • One of the earliest industries of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Sisters was textile production. The Sisters produced large numbers of wool blankets and other textiles with bold stripes and twill patterns created from natural dyes.
      Marty Elkin of A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm will take you through a full day of learning to dye with plants from her dyers’ garden as well as from plants you will gather from the Shakers’ gardens. Plants may include marigolds, onion skins, goldenrod, madder root, and indigo. You will leave with sample skeins of each color.
      Bring or purchase a 2-3 ounce skein of wool yarn to be dyed to take home for yourself or for a gift. Class size: 8.
      Cost: $75.00 for members – $80.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • September 23-24, Oval Box Carrier Workshop at Hancock Shaker Village 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (both days)
    • This two-day workshop will introduce you to the Shaker oval box tradition by making an oval box carrier. A carrier is an oval box with a handle instead of a lid. As America moved into the Industrial Revolution, the Shakers encountered heavy competition for their popular oval boxes from tin boxes made inexpensively in factories. To compete, the Shakers added new items, like oval box carriers, to their inventory.
      On day 1 of the workshop, participants will prepare the side band, cut swallowtails, soak the band and handle in boiling water, bend and tack the bands, bend the handle, and place everything onto drying forms. On day 2, participants will prepare the bottom, attach to the side band, install the handle and do the final sanding. At least one coat of shellac will be applied. This workshop also includes behind-the-barriers tours to discuss Shaker woodworking.
      Fee: $170/$155 HSV member
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927
  • September 23&24, Country Fair 2017 at Hancock Shaker Village 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    • Celebrate the bounty of the harvest on the spectacular grounds of Hancock Shaker Village, with a food truck rodeo including Big Elm Brewing and Balderdash Cellars, a farmer’s market and the best local and regional crafts — all for sale! Listen to live music, watch agricultural demonstrations, and even jump in a pile of hay! Just what a fall festival should be!
      Special activities for Quilt-lovers all day Friday, September 22!
      Village admission includes entry to Country Fair and The Harvest of Quilts. (Some attractions may require an additional fee.)
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927
  • September 22, 23&24, Harvest of Quilts at Hancock Shaker Village 10:00 am - 5:00 pm all three days
    • Don’t miss HARVEST OF QUILTS, a show of new and antique quilts in the “ell” of the Round Stone Barn. Be sure to vote for your favorites!
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927

October 2017

  • By Appointment, May 2 – October 31, Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity! Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours
      Cost: $50 per person.
      To schedule a workshop, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • October 7, Harvest Festival at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
    • Join Shaker Village for our end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival! Freshly-picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider-pressing, homemade Shaker apple fritters, and much more! Chipman's Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have a bounty available for sale, Seasonal mums, other late-season "bloomers" and houseplants will be available from Donna's Greenhouse. Free, traditional craft demonstrations include Shaker-style broom making by Kent Ruesswick, wool carding, spinning, knitting, and weaving by the R&R Spinners, rug hooking by Parris House Wool Works, blacksmithing by Tim Greene, weaving by Marjie Thompson, dovetail woodworking demonstration by Chris Becksvoort, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn, and wood-carving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Book signing by Don Perkins—Barns of Maine. Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day. Free face painting for kids along with free gourd decorating! Rain or shine - all above activities will be in the Shakers' historic 1830 barns. Bring the family!
      FREE
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • October 7, Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:30 am 2:00 pm
    • The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management.
      This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water.
      Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • October 7, Season’s End Basket Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history.
      Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. Create this beautiful patterned basket for your fall farmer’s market visits! Pat will have color choices available at the workshop. Finished basket measures 8" x 15" base, 8" high to top of basket and 14" to top of the handle.
      All materials, tools, and supplies are included in the fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.
      Cost: $70.00 for members – $75.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • October 14, Vintage Car Show at Canterbury Shaker Village 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
    • Visitors can admire automobiles from many eras, meet with the owners and other vintage car enthusiasts, enjoy Village tours and exhibits, and shop for local handcrafts at the Museum Store. Food truck fare will be available as well as soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods at the Shaker Box Lunch & Farm Stand. Rain date: Sunday, October 15th.
      Cost: Included with the cost of regular admission (no charge for Members).
      Presented in partnership with the White Mountain Region Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America.
    • Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224
  • October 14, Hard Cider Brewing Workshop at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Making Your Own Hard Cider: Practice and Principles with Norumbega Cidery at Shaker Village
      Noah Fralich of Norumbega Cidery of New Gloucester will teach the basics of fruit selection, processing, equipment, microbiology, and the general craft of making hard cider. We will go through the entire process from fruit on the tree to juice in the glass that you will take home to tend, taste, and bottle come winter and spring! The class will visit the Shakers’ apple orchard and apples for your hard cider will be supplied by the Shakers (Honey Crisps, Cortlands, and Macs). Spice it up with some Shaker herbs, if you’re feeling adventurous! You are also welcome to bring your own apples if you want to brew from your own fruit.
      All materials, tools, and supplies are included and you will go home with a 1-gallon glass carboy filled with your brew, an airlock, and a hydrometer to keep so that you can continue home brewing!
      Noah is the owner and brewer of Norumbega Cidery, a hard cider company located in New Gloucester, Maine. He has been making hard cider both personally and commercially since completing his degree in Sustainable Economics/Agriculture.
      Perfect for those already homebrewing or those looking to start – All levels are welcome! Must be 21 years of age or over. Class size: 20.
      Cost: $90.00 for members – $95.00 for non-members.
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260
  • October 14, Make a Shaker Cheese Basket at Hancock Shaker Village 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
    • Make a three-directional weave basket in the Shaker style. These baskets were originally used for curing cheese. Today’s basket makes a wonderful bread, muffin or roll basket and looks great hanging on a wall when not in use. Made from 3/8” natural flat reed. No prior experience is necessary, suitable for ages 13 and up. Finished basket size is approximately 9” round x 3” deep.
      Fee: $55/$48 HSV members; plus $10 materials fee payable directly to instructor.
    • Hancock Shaker Village, P.O. Box 927, 1843 W Housatonic St, Pittsfield, MA 01202-0927

November 2017

December 2017

  • December 2, Shaker Christmas Fair at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village 10:00 am 0 3:00 pm
    • The annual Shaker Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am until 3pm. Experience this nostalgic holiday tradition at America’s only active Shaker Community! Specialties include Shaker baked goods – wheat bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies, and more – in addition to a wide selection of gifts and holiday items such as Shaker culinary herbs and herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, Shaker biscuit mix and Shaker pancake mix, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, fresh-cut Maine Christmas trees and decorated balsam wreaths, hot cider and homemade donuts, and so much more! Proceeds from the White Elephant Room, a second-time around ‘garage’ sale, benefit local food pantries. Lunch plates will be served, too! Come one, come all!
      FREE
    • Shaker Museum, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, ME 04260

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