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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 6, 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
  • July 17 - 21, Inspired by the Shakers Children’s Interdisciplinary Summer Camp at the Enfield Shaker Museum 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
    • Participants in this one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary camp for 9-12 year olds will explore the architecture, gardens, food, music, and dance traditions of the Shakers, and respond to them through their own creativity. Children will be dropped-off at the Enfield Shaker Museum each morning and will be immersed in a learning environment. Afternoons will be spent working on an individual art project influenced by their morning experiences. These individual projects will be presented at the end of the week in a meet and greet for campers and their families.
      Cost: $225 per child. $205 Museum members. Scholarships available.
      For more information or to register by July 11, please call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or e-mail education@shakermuseum.org.
      This program is funded in part by the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific Wildlife Conservation Foundation
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • July 18, Tuesday Tour: Basements Tour - at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join the Museum Curator and Education Coordinator for a tour behind the scenes at the Enfield Shaker Museum. In this tour, we will enter the basements of several buildings at the Shaker Museum to see how the Shakers used these spaces for life in the village. This tour will also focus on the importance of basements to Shaker architecture and engineering.
      Cost: Included with Museum admission.
    • 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
  • July 23, Shaker Sing at the Enfield Shaker Museum 3:00 – 5:30 pm
    • Join us for this informal sing led by Mary Ann Haagen in the Great Stone Dwelling Meeting Room. No previous experience required. Music will be provided and taught to all. Bring a friend! Enjoy the socializing and refreshments.
      Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.
      Please email mah@valley.net if you can attend.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • July 24, 25, 27 and 28, Field Ecology Program for Junior High School Students entering Grades 7 through 9 at the Enfield Shaker Museum 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • This four-day program will be taught by science teacher, Heather Oliver, and retired science teacher, Lisa Torres. The students will explore the natural world on and near the grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum where they will engage in hands-on ecology activities and a service-learning component. Students will learn about the history of the land use by the Shakers, and the interconnection between human activity and the environment in this place-based, outdoor program. Cost: $200 per student. $180 Museum members. Scholarships available.

    • For more information or to register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346, or email education@shakermuseum.org. Class limited to 12.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • July 25, Cooking with Herbs Garden Walk at the Enfield Shaker Museum 1:00 – 4:00 pm
    • Join a Museum educator for this workshop on the importance of herbs and cooking. This family 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
  • July 28 - 29, Shaker Oval Box Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 6:00 – 10:00 pm (Friday) 8:30 am – 4:00 pm (Saturday)
    • Learn to create your own Shaker oval boxes with Eric Pintar of the Home Shop. Shaker oval box maker John Wilson and the Home Shop has been instructing people on the delicate craft of Shaker oval boxes for the past thirty years. In addition, the Home Shop is the premier supplier of wood, tools, pegs, tacks, and instructional materials. All materials are included to create four of your own Shaker oval boxes. Boxed lunch on Saturday included. Assorted overnight packages are available. Early bird discount of 10% available for those who register by April 1, 2017.
      Cost: $200 per person. $180 Museum members.
      To register by July 1, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org. Class size limited to 15.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • July 30, Enfield Old Home Day at the Enfield Shaker Museum 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
    • Join a Museum educator for a tour on the life and death of Caleb Dyer. In this tour, we will spend time discussing the life and trusteeship of Caleb Dyer. The tour will then move its focus to his unlikely murder and the locations where things happened on that fateful day.
      Cost: Included with Museum Admission.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748

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 3, 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
  • 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 5, Shaker Pin Cushion Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
    • Join instructor Jean Reed of Murray Hill Weaving to create your own replica Shaker pincushion. These little heirloom pieces are unique and rich in history. It is a basket reproduced just as the Shaker sisters made it many years ago, to be sold to the ladies that visited their stores. Your basket will be woven on a mold as the Shakers did and the pincushion is assembled with sawdust like the originals.
      Cost: $120 per person. $110 Museum members. Class size is limited to 12.
      To register by July 20, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • August 10, Soap Making Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Learn the art of soap making with an instructor from Sunset Rock Farm in Lebanon, NH. Start from scratch and go home with several bars of your own handmade soap.
      Cost: $30 per person. $25 Museum members. Class size limited to 6.
      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
  • August 15, Tuesday Tour: Attics at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join the Museum Curator and Education Coordinator for a tour behind the scenes at the Enfield Shaker Museum. In this tour, we will enter the attics of several buildings at the Shaker Museum to see how these spaces played a key role in daily life in a Shaker community. This tour will also focus on the architectural details that can only be seen in this part of a Shaker structure.
      Cost: Included with Museum Admission.
    • The Enfield Shaker Museum, 447 NH Route 4A, Enfield, NH 03748
  • 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 22, Medicinal Herb Garden Workshop at the Enfield Shaker Museum 6:00 – 8:00 pm
    • Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, for a session on the medicinal properties of herbs both common and unique.
      Cost: $20 per person. $17 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
  • 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
  • August 29, Tuesday Tour: Canal and Shaker Dam at the Enfield Shaker Museum 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    • Join Museum Curator, Michael O’Connor, for a tour of the Shaker waterworks system at the Enfield community. In this tour, we will enter the Shaker canal near the Museum and follow the system down to the Shaker Second Family where one of the largest remnants of this system is located. This tour will include a considerable amount of hiking, so please bring comfortable hiking boots or sneakers.
      Cost: Included with Museum Admission.
      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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