Callie Kimball, a longtime member of The Friends of the Shakers, volunteers at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village’s Harvest Festival by serving barbecue pulled pork sandwiches to the throngs of visitors in attendance on Oct. 7. Kimball is a resident of Cape Elizabeth.
Women’s suffrage talk
Ellie Jean Cosgrove, 5, of Freeport, left, Nicholas Pinette, 6, of Westbrook, and Reilly Lund, 4, of New Gloucester, try out the new playground at the New Gloucester Fairgrounds, 106 Bald Hill Road.
Open Farms Day on July 23rd offers the opportunity to visit farms throughout the state. Two New Gloucester farms are on the tour:
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Shaker Society
Brother Arnold Hadd
707 Shaker Rd, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester
Diversified Farm (Scottish Highland cows, sheep, bees, herbs)
Activities: 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
With 17 buildings and 1750 acres of land, Sab- bath Day Lake Shaker Village is home to the only active Shaker Community in the world and is a National Historic Landmark. The Shakers have been farming since 1783. See Scottish high- land cattle, sheep, bees, orchards, gardens and 1830’s barns. FREE barn tours with Brother Ar- nold; FREE wagon rides, bee exhibit and hives; herb garden tours, craft demonstrations. 207-926-4597 • maineshakers.com
Acker’s Acres Angoras
359 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester Angora Rabbit Farm
Activities: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Angora Rabbits, plus yarn, spinning fibers and hand-knit garments. Barn and Studio/Shop tours. Spinning demonstrations.
207-926-4921 • bunnyblend.com
Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter at the Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop on Saturday, June 24. In the early 1800s 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.
The workshop, open to those 12 and up, occurs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester. The fee is $70, and pre-registration is required. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool. Register online at www.maineshakers.com, or by phone at 926-4597.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, Jan. 28, the date of the Cardboard Challenge at the New Gloucester Public Library. This creative program, based on recycling, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon. All ages are welcome to come play, and they are welcome to bring in their own recycling materials to use for their building project. There’s no need to sign up in advance, just show up and have a great time. For more information, call 926-4840. The library is located at 379 Intervale Road.
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 basket weaves up fast and is the perfect size for a variety of uses around your home. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10.
The finest chairs produced by the Enfield Shakers in NH were a mid-19th century example with cane seats. Instructor Jean Reed of Murray Hill Weaving in New Hampshire will teach the basic 7 steps of caning on a beautifully handcrafted footstool made of hardwood and satin finish. After completing this workshop, you can apply your newly learned skills to those chairs that you’ve been saving at home in the barn or attic. Handmade footstool frame and all materials are included– just come ready to learn! Please note: your caning may or may not be finished during the workshop session but a full demonstration and instruction will be given to ensure you can finish your project at home. Class size: 10.
Learn to recycle worn or scrap wool cloth into heirlooms with simple sewn stitches with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter. By adapting stitches from the early 1800s, learn to center shirr a 8’ wool garland with rolled wool beads and sewn woolen flowers and 2-3 whimsical woolen sheep ornaments. All materials, tools, and supplies included in fee. Age 12 and up, all levels welcome. Class size: 10.
Visitors of all ages will enjoy meeting the Shakers’ flock of more than 40 sheep, as well as learning from Brother Arnold Hadd the on-going history of farming at Shaker Village. Photo courtesy of United Society of Shakers
On Sunday, July 24, from noon until 4:30 p.m., Shaker Village will participate in the statewide “Maine Open Farm Day” – an afternoon of free special events for the whole family. 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, tin-type photography demonstration and sale. Additionally, there is going to be a bake sale and a plant sale, plus barbecue lunch plates are available for purchase.
The Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are both open. Book signings by Chris Becksvoort– The Shaker Legacy, Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine are taking place. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public. Bring your cameras.