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.
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.
Draw the Percent Off for your Fall Prims Purchase! All Fall Prims including the white and orange pumpkins. Draw amount from 20% up to 50% off . You may be the lucky one and get 50% off your total Fall Prim Purchase. Sale is only for Fall Primitives.
OPEN Thurs. Fri. & Sat. 10-4.
LIZZIESRAGGS FARMHOUSE PRIMITIVES
Will be OPEN tomorrow Sunday 1-5. Next week OPEN Wednesday & Thursday 10-4. Closed Friday & Saturday. Added NEW Fall Prims. Pumpkins and Gourds for sale. We are located on 80 Peacock Hill Rd., New Gloucester.
Will be opening Thursday at 1:00. Have to get a new cast put on in the morning. Will be open from 1-5. Friday 10-3. Closed Sat for the holiday. SALE still going this week. 25% off all Americana and 20-50% off selected items. HAPPY JULY 4TH.
The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for 216 years. Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will create herbal tea blends that they may take away and they will also create, from herbs harvested in the Shakers’ herb gardens, a “living” tea wreath which can be cut and used over a two week period. Herbs make wonderful beverages when used fresh, and participants will make and enjoy a bounty from the Shaker Garden.
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 a fun day of learning this heritage North American craft. Participants will hook a small rectangular Shaker-inspired design pillow front for a small buckwheat & lavender filled, soothing aromatic pillow. The classic rug binding stitch will be taught and used as the finishing stitch to assemble the pillow. All materials are included and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the day or to purchase after class. Please bring a small pair of scissors – embroidery scissors are perfect. Class size: 6.
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.
Starting in the late 1800s during the Gilded Age of Tourism, the Shakers made fancy baskets from combinations of ash splint, strips of poplar, sweetgrass, and even strands of horse hair. Participants in this class will create a useful and folky basket from hand-painted, high-quality artist watercolor paper. Students will watch instructor Carolyn Kemp demonstrate some of her painting techniques and listen to a brief description of how to weave paper successfully. Participants will receive a “ready to weave” kit of prepainted artists watercolor paper along with written instructions and enough time to finish the basket in class. Participants will gain the basic skills and knowledge to experiment on their own with other creative basket and gift ideas. No prior experience is necessary to weave this basket. Carolyn’s booklet on weaving with paper The Little Green Basket Book, Vol.2 will be available at a special price for enrolled students.
Class size: 6
Register online or print & mail form today at www.maineshakers.com/workshops
Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount! www.friendsoftheshakers.org