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Friends of the Shakers Fall Work Day

Friends of the Shakers Friends’ Weekend

Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village

The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this 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.

Shaker Christmas Fair

The annual Shaker Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, December 5th 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!

Friends of the Shakers Fall Work Day

Harvest Festival at Shaker Village

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; bring your own apples or purchase them at the Shaker Store, 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, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn, Tin type photography by AgNO3 Labs, and wood-carving by the Poland Woodcarvers. Books signing by Don Perkins—Barns of Maine, and Chris Becksvoort—The Shaker Legacy. 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!

Maine Native American Summer Market

The seventh annual festival of some of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists will be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, 707 Shaker Road, New Gloucester, on Saturday, Aug. 22, from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

More than 40 members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate important, traditional Wabanaki art forms including basket-making, woodcarving, bark etching, doll making, beadwork and jewelry, in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and storytelling.

High-quality, handmade crafts will be available for sale. This is the southernmost gathering of Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine, providing a rare opportunity to learn about and experience Maine’s Native American culture. Admission is free, and the event will be held rain or shine. Barbecue lunch plates will be available for purchase. For more information, go to www.maineshakers.com or call 926-4597.

Nature’s Outdoor Classroom

On Saturday, Aug. 15, the mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during a two-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Two hikes are scheduled to take place that day – one getting under way at 10:30 a.m. and one starting at 2 p.m. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road, off Route 26, New Gloucester.

This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises to be a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bring camera, binoculars and water bottle.

Fees are $8 for adults, $2 for children, free for those under 6. Reservations are encouraged, but not required. Call 926-4597, email info@maineshakers.com, or visit www.maineshakers.com to register or for more details.

Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing

Thursday, August 13th , will be the peak day for viewing one of the brightest meteor showers of the year! We’ll gather at the Shaker’s South Field along Perseid Meteor Shower Viewing at the Shaker’s South Field Shaker Road at 9:30pm, weather permitting, to view the sights emanating from the tiny space debris from the comet Swift-Tuttle as they burn up in our upper atmosphere. At its peak, one should be able to view from 60 to 100 meteor streaks per hour. Fortunately, there isn’t a lot of skill needed to watch a meteor shower. We should be able to see the shower with our naked eyes. Those with telescopes, large or small, or with binoculars are encouraged to bring them as we can use them to look for planets, the international space station, space junk, and other objects while we wait for the meteors to light up the sky. Bring a blanket or comfortable chair. Viewing is a waiting game, and you’ll want to be comfortable.

Friends of the Shakers’ Friends Meeting