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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 31, Shaker Garden Talk at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join retired Museum herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she leads you through the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and highlights the herbs at their seasonal best. Feel free to bring specific questions about growing and harvesting herbs.
      Cost: Included with Museum admission.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748

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 1 - 30, On-line Auction Fundraiser for the Enfield Shaker Museum
    • Want to support the Museum but can’t always make it to our fundraising events? Looking to do some unique shopping for a good cause? Take part in an exciting on-line auction on BiddingOwl.com! In the past, bidders have won local gift cards for a fraction of their cost, Shaker-inspired gifts and travel destinations.
      Check your email on September 1st, or visit our website for a link to the auction.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • September 10, Natural Dye Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 12:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Join artist and retired art teacher, Kate Mortimer, for an instructive and interactive session on using natural dyes such as indigo and why these pigments were important to the Shakers. In this workshop, participants will work with the instructor to learn how to dye their own material at home. Dying is a messy process, so please wear old clothes and shoes. Bring rubber gloves if you have them. All other materials will be provided.
      Cost: $50 per person. $42 Museum members. Class size limited to 10.
      To register by September 10, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • September 12, Cooking with Herbs Garden Walk at the Enfield Shaker Museum 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Join our Garden Coordinator for this workshop on the importance of herbs and cooking. This workshop will begin with an introductory walk in the garden. Participants will then switch over to the Great Stone Dwelling kitchen for a session on using garden herbs for everyday tasty recipes.
      Cost: $25 per person. $20 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
  • September 12, Tuesday Tour: Shaker Mountain Pond a/k/a Smith Pond at the Enfield Shaker Museum 1:00 – 3:00 pm
    • Join our Education Coordinator and Executive Director on a tour to the water source for the Enfield Shaker Second Family Village. This tour will include a moderate amount of hiking, so please bring comfortable footwear.
      Cost: Included with Museum Admission.
    • 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
  • Septemaber 23, Shaker Farm Day - at South Union Shaker Village 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    • The common farm chores of yesterday are practically lost arts today, but not at the South Union Shaker Village! Enjoy a day of interactive demonstrations where butter is made, corn is shelled, hams are smoked, laundry is boiled, apples are pressed into cider and much more. Regional music performed throughout the day. Lunch, catered by the Brickyard, will be available.
      MUSIC: TBA
      TICKETS: $10/person | $5 children {ages 6-12}
      Sponsored by Col. Robert and Cora Jane Spiller
    • South Union Shaker Village, 850 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn, KY 42206
    • 800-811-8379 or 270-542-4167
    • Web Site: www.southunionshakervillage.com
  • 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

  • November 4, A Shaker Breakfast at South Union Shaker Village 8:30 am + 10:30 am seatings
    • A Civil War-era Shaker breakfast that promises to please and to astonish…featuring fried chicken, scrambled eggs, sweet potatoes, pork sausage, asparagus, apple pie, buttermilk biscuits and more! Served at the South Union Hotel, formerly called the Shaker Tavern.
      RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
      $22 members, $25 non-members
    • South Union Shaker Village, 850 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn, KY 42206
    • 800-811-8379 or 270-542-4167
    • Web Site: www.southunionshakervillage.com

December 2017

  • December 1, Christmas at Shakertown Preview Party at South Union Shaker Village 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
    • For a “first chance” opportunity to shop, make reservations for the Preview Party, Friday evening, December 1st. Enjoy coffee, cider and desserts in the most festive of holiday atmospheres
      $15/person
      RESERVATIONS REQUIRED
    • South Union Shaker Village, 850 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn, KY 42206
    • 800-811-8379 or 270-542-4167
    • Web Site: www.southunionshakervillage.com
  • December 2, Christmas at Shakertown Holiday Market at South Union Shaker Village 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • One of Kentucky’s finest antique and craft markets, just in time for Christmas! Features over 30 regional antique vendors and artists, all nestled in the historic atmosphere of the South Union Shaker Village.
      ADMISSION: A canned food item or donation that will be distributed to those needful.
    • South Union Shaker Village, 850 Shaker Museum Road, Auburn, KY 42206
    • 800-811-8379 or 270-542-4167
    • Web Site: www.southunionshakervillage.com
  • 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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