2013 Calendar of Events

THE CATALOG WILL BE MAILED AROUND MARCH 1ST.

Printable Workshop Registration Form

All Workshops & Craft Demonstrations & Special Events held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village unless indicated otherwise.
Shaker Museum, 707 Shaker Rd, New Gloucester, ME 04260 -- (207) 926-4597
Office email: usshakers@aol.com

March 2013

March 6-10

Portland Flower Show, 58 Fore St. in the Old Port, Portland, ME (on the Portland waterfront near the Old Port Exchange)
Shaker booth selling our full herb line plus the new herbal gift sets! Many floral displays with spectacular landscaping. Free lectures and presentations too.

May 2013
May 24

Memorial Day Weekend
Shaker Museum Opens for the 2013 Season.

The Shaker Museum opens for the 2013 season as part of the Memorial Day Weekend. Open Monday through Saturday (closed on Sundays), 10 AM - 4:30 PM through Columbus Day. Guided Tours. Special Events. Shaker Museum Reception Center - herbs, gifts and exhibits. Special exhibit: "Creating Chosen Land: Our Home Since 1783."

May 24th also marks the opening of the 2013 season of crafts workshops and demos. For your FREE copy of the 2013 catalog of workshops, demos and special events, contact us at usshakers@aol.com or (207) 926-4597. The catalog will be ready around March 1st. Workshops and demos in the fields of arts and crafts,herbs, woodworking, woodcarving, basketmaking, weaving, blacksmithing, spinning and quilting and chair caning.

 

Shaker store opens on May 25th.

Nature Hikes are offered twice a month during our open months. Guided hikes through the woods and fields of Shaker Village including Loon's Point, Aurelia's Cascade and Sabbathday Lake itself. Each month offers different views of the flora and fauna.

Interested in herbs? Planting, growing, harvesting and processing? Herb lore and uses-teas, cooking, potpourris, simples and worts and the like? Hands on garden work and project workshops. Join our Herb Garden Internship Program in the Shaker gardens-contact usshakers@aol.com or (207) 926-4597 for FREE program information. Starts in June. Internship program is FREE.

May 25

Floorcloth Workshop

Saturday, 10 AM- 4 PM; Instructor: Betsy Grecoe
A popular workshop! Make a 2' x 3' floorcloth, a traditional floor covering of the 19th century. Betsy will show you how to construct a sturdy floorcloth using canvas, acrylic paint and polyurethane. She will show folks a few traditional and contemporary designs to follow or you may create your own individual design. Please wear old clothes.
Enrollment: 6 minimum/10 maximum

FEE: $55.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM OR 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hikes are 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop. Offered at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
May 28

Shaker Herb Garden Internship
For those interested in learning more about herb gardening, herb lore and creative herb uses, focusing on 16 different herbs, we once again offer Sabbathday Lake Herb Garden Internships led by our herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon. Participants can come once a week on either Tuesdays or Thursdays, or you may decide you'd like to join us both days, as your time allows. Morning sessions start at 9AM with work in the gardens, lunch break at the Girls' Shop then a return to the gardens or the Herb Room until 2PM. A garden and history tour for newcomers is on May 28 or 30 (reservations required). Interns will start June 4. The internship program is FREE. For directions or any questions call: Betsey at (207) 787-2764 or Lenny Brooks at (207) 926-4597.

June 2013
June 1

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: R&R Spinners
Saturday, 10 AM

A welcoming group of spinners who are happy to have you watch and ask questions about their craft.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: Blacksmithing - Tim Greene
Saturday, 10 AM

Tim is a master blacksmith whether the work be utilitarian or decorative-see his work close-up.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

SHAPE NOTE SINGING
Saturday, 1 PM - 4:30 PM
Shape note singers from around the region will be performing a traditional sing along in the 1794 Shaker Meetinghouse that resonates with this singular style. Their Sacred Harp tradition is amongst the oldest music in the country. Come and listen! Join in- so easy to get into the action! FREE!

June 4

SHAKER HERB GARDEN TOURS!

Tuesdays and Thursdays: June - July - August; 2:15 PM
The Shaker herb gardens will be open for guided tours again this year. Led by our herbalist Betsey-Ann Golon. Learn about many aspects of herb culture here at Shaker Village.
FEE: Adults - $7.00; Children - $2.00; Children under 6 - FREE. Reservations suggested

June 8

Chair Caning Workshop

Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Bill Ambrose
Always in demand! Learn the 7-step method of chair caning. Bring a chair of your own that is clean and sound. The class is restricted to hand woven chairs. The chair can be identified by the holes drilled through the seat and/or back for the weaving of the cane. Cane will be provided to get you started on your first chair. Bill will be available the following Saturday, June 15, from 9 AM to Noon for those needing more guidance. Preliminary questions? Call Bill at 207-829-3523.
Enrollment: 12 maximum

FEE: $35.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

June 15 Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM OR 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hikes are 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop. Offered at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
June 22 Calligraphic Note Cards Workshop
Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Bonnie Faulkner
Learn the art of beautiful handwriting and make some uniquely personalized note cards and envelopes. Using dried and pressed flowers, inked stamps and watercolor paints with your imagination, participants will make cards that they can be proud to send to family and friends! Weather permitting, we'll collect Shaker herbs so they can be dried and saved for future note card creation! Folks will even have the opportunity to design and cut your own stamp if they would like. All supplies will be provided for this class but if you have your own calligraphy supplies or watercolors, feel free to bring them. Bring a thick book so your picked herbs can be dried.
Enrollment: 12 maximum
FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: NEW! COOKING AND HOOKING
Saturday, 10 AM

Two friends-Debbie McBride and Connie Fletcher-share their passions. One is in a canning jam, the other up to her eyeballs in worms (only a hooker would know!). Please come visit the village, enjoy this first time double demo. Have some summer fun!

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

June 26-29

Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and Traditions
8th Season! 2013 Theme: "Synergy - The Energy of Combination"

 

Program directors and artists: The Portland String Quartet

  • June 26 - 7 PM: The Synergy of Native American Legend and Chamber Music- Guest artist: David Lonebear Sanipass, Maine Mic Mac Tribe storyteller.
  • June 27 - 7 PM: Shaker History and Shaker Song- Guest artist: Br. Arnold Hadd, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.
  • June 28 - 9 AM to 5 PM: Teaching and Performance - Workshop Day and Master Class
  • June 29 - The Synergy of Performance and Composition - 7 PM: Guest artist and composer: Patrick Doane, Maine native and Julliard graduate.

FREE festival flyer: (207) 926-4597 or usshakers@aol.com

June 29

Herb Garden Design for the Everyday Cook
Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Instructor: Betsey-Ann Golon
A "down to earth" class on garden design with an emphasis on function, use and location as near the kitchen as possible. Discussion and literature will provide garden layouts and growth characteristics for a wide variety of herbs. Participants will receive several field grown herbs from the Shaker garden. Students may bring information on their proposed garden site for individual help and suggestions.
Enrollment: 12 maximum
FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

July 2013
July 6 Shaker Verse and Pressed Botanical Design
Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Instructor: Betsey-Ann Golon
Complete a 4" x 6" design using herbs and wildflowers from the fields surrounding Shaker Village. A Shaker verse chosen by Brother Arnold Hadd will be the center of the floral design. Bring tweezers and a pair of sharp scissors.
Enrollment: 15 maximum
FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

WORKING WITH WOOD SERIES

RETURN! Shaker Style Herb and Spice Cabinet Workshop
Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM; Instructors: Dan and Betsy Grecoe
Come join Dan and Betsy as you assemble and paint a Shaker style herb cabinet. The cabinet of pine is closed on three sides with an open front, has two shelves and measures 18-1/2" high, 12-1/2" wide and 5" deep. The shelves will hold a variety of objects and can be used in many rooms of the house. Dan will lead you through the steps to assemble your cabinet and prepare it for finishing. Betsy will show you how to prepare, apply and rub out a milk paint finish- a small stenciled design may also be added if you desire. Wear work clothes. Bring a lunch. Lemonade and water will be provided.
Enrollment: 5 (minimum) 10 (maximum)
FEE: $50.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)
PLEASE SIGN UP EARLY: MATERIALS PREPARATION TAKES TIME SO THE MINIMUM OF 5 PARTICIPANTS MUST BE REACHED BY JUNE 1. NO ADDITIONAL PARTICIPANTS CAN BE ADDED AFTER JUNE 15TH.

July 13 Lavender in the Kitchen
Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Instructor: Betsey-Ann Golon
Focusing on the culinary uses of this fragrant herb will bring wonderful flavors to your foods. Students will also learn the best varieties to plant, how to maintain their beds, simple propagating, harvesting and drying. We will visit the Shaker perennial beds and each person will leave with organic lavender samples and recipes to use at home.
Enrollment: 15 maximum
FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: R&R Spinners
Saturday, 10 AM

A welcoming group of spinners who are happy to have you watch and ask questions about their craft.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hike is 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop, and begins at 10:30 AM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
July 20 NEW! Quilting: Table Runner
Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Dianne Devonshire
Game board pattern. Enjoy a relaxing day at Shaker Village while learning to make a beautiful table runner for your home or to give as a gift. Easy to piece, easy to enjoy! BRING YOUR OWN SEWING MACHINE: All quilters are welcome. Beginners welcome but you must have basic sewing machine skills (threading, bobbin winding, etc.). Dianne welcomes 12-16 year olds too IF they are familiar with their machines. Machine must be in good working order for best results. Please also bring scissors, rotary cutter, ruler. Material list provided at sign-up - must bring own fabric.
Enrollment: 8 maximum
FEE: $28.50 (includes pattern fee) (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

WORKING WITH WOOD SERIES

Beginners Woodcarving Workshop

Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Instructor: Norm Devonshire
Start a new hobby. Come and learn the basics of carving and go home with a finished carving of a Scottie dog. Norm will teach you the proper use of the knife including the types of cuts and how to sharpen the knife. Carving knives available for use and for sale.
Enrollment: 6 maximum

FEE: $25.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

July 21

OPEN FARM DAY (tentative date)
12 noon- 4:30 pm
FREE wagon rides-chug around the grounds in equine splendor. FREE barn tours- see the intricate details of some of Maine's oldest barns still in use. Scottish Highland Cattle-rare sight in Maine. Multiple varieties of sheep and cats. FREE tours of the 1816 Spinhouse exhibit and 1850 Boys' Shop. Bake sale. Barbecue meal. FREE craft demos. FREE Shaker Herb Garden Tours. Gift shops open.
Admission is FREE

(for more info, visit www.getrealmaine.com)

July 27

Shaker Style Chair Taping Workshop

Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Sandy Dzyak
Tape woven seats and backs are most commonly associated with Shaker chairs made by the Shaker communities in this country in the 19th and 20th centuries. Learn to weave a traditional Shaker chair seat or foot stool cover. These seats are quite beautiful and will give you years of pleasure and functionality. You will learn about the history of the Shaker chair and examine antique and contemporary examples of Shaker tape weaving. Students will learn the technique of Shaker tape weaving, and depending on their project, will complete a taped seat or stool. Students need to bring a new or old chair or footstool with solid rails to secure the tape. NOTE: Participants are required to purchase the cloth chair tape prior to the workshop (Materials and resource list will be provided.) Suggested sources are V.I Reed & Co., Basket Makers Catalog and Shaker Workshops- all have web sites. All other tools and materials will be included in the class cost.
Enrollment: 6 maximum

FEE: $35.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

August 2013
August 3 Heirloom Herbal Wreath and Ornaments
Saturday, 10 AM to 2 PM; Instructor: Betsey-Ann Golon
The class will visit the Shaker gardens and harvest lamb's ear, thyme, sage, oregano and other fresh herbs. We will complete a small wreath and several ornaments for everyone to take home. The class is wonderfully filled with fragrant herbs and fun.
Enrollment: 15 maximum
FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

WORKING WITH WOOD SERIES

Dovetails Workshop

Saturday; Session #1: 9 AM - Noon; Session #2: 1 PM - 4 PM; Instructor: Chris Becksvoort
In this three hour workshop participants will learn the proper layout procedures, techniques and tricks to constructing dovetails- how to saw to the line, marking, chopping and fitting. Emphasis is on precision and technique, not a finished project. Please bring: pencil, rule, knife, square, marking gauge, T-bevel(or dovetail marker), 1/4", 3/8", and 3/4" chisels, mallets and dovetail saw. NOTE: This workshop is required for the Aug. 24th Shaker Style Dovetailed Carrier Workshop if you have not taken the dovetail class before.
CHOOSE EITHER SESSION #1 OR #2
Enrollment:
8 maximum per session

FEE: $35.00 (pre-registration required)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: SPECIAL! LAMB TO LOOM
The Shakers at Sabbathday Lake have been keeping sheep for wool as early as the 1780s. The sheep were sheared every spring and their raw fleeces were brought to the Spin House where the wool was skirted (the removal of twigs, grass and wool not to be used). The wool was also sorted based on how fine it was, its length or its color. Now the wool was ready to be washed. Join us as we take you on the journey of the Story of Wool at Shaker Village. We will explore the techniques the Shakers would have used including Skirting and Sorting, Scouring, Dyeing and Carding as well as Spinning and Weaving. Antique and contemporary examples of fiber equipment and demonstrations will be given throughout the day. (Please note sheep shearing will not be included as this is performed at Shaker Village in the spring). Your guides include fiber artists: Sandy Dzyak and Janet Cameron.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

August 17

WORKING WITH WOOD SERIES

Intermediate Woodcarving Workshop

Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Norm Devonshire
This class is for carvers with some experience. Norm will lead you through the process of carving a free style Father Christmas or a free style Santa in the round. BRING YOUR OWN TOOLS: KNIVES, GAUGES, ETC. Blank will be provided. Norm will be available Saturday, August 24th, 9AM - Noon for those who need more guidance.
Enrollment: 10 maximum

FEE: $35.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: R&R Spinners
Saturday, 10 AM

A welcoming group of spinners who are happy to have you watch and ask questions about their craft.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hike is 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop, and begins at 10:30 AM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
August 24

MAINE NATIVE AMERICAN
SUMMER MARKET & DEMONSTRATION

Saturday, 10 AM - 3:00 PM
5TH ANNUAL!

30 of Maine's finest Native American artists representing the Wabanaki people- Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac, Maliseet tribes. The Penobscot Burnurwurbskek singers, the Passamaquoddy Sipayik Dance Troupe. David Sanipass will return with story telling and flute playing. Basketmakers. Stonecarvers. Jewelry Makers. Woodcarvers. Other crafts too.

 

Admission is FREE

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NEW! Building a Shaker Style Dovetailed Carrier
Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM; Instructor: Chris Becksvoort
Attendees will build a white pine Shaker carrier with center handle, four dovetailed corners and quarter sawn bottom-a very useful carrier for silverware or other small items in the house or workshop. The Dovetail Workshop is a pre-requisite for this class (either the Aug. 3rd workshop or previous years). Materials will be provided. Please bring: pencil, ruler, marking gauge, knife, square, T-bevel or dovetail marker, 1/4", 1/2" & 3/4" chisels, mallet, dovetail saw and spokeshave.
Enrollment: 8 maximum
FEE: $45.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

September 2013
September 7 NEW! Quilting: Paper Pieced Cardinal Pillow Workshop
Saturday, 9 AM - 4 PM
Beautiful accent pillow for your home or maybe for a gift. Cardinal pillow is based on a favored old design. Again easy to piece and certainly easy to enjoy and show with pride. BE SURE TO READ SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THIS CLASS AS LISTED AT JULY 20 TABLE RUNNER CLASS.
Enrollment: 8 maximum
FEE: $25.00 (pre-registration required)
(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: Blacksmithing - Tim Greene
Saturday, 10 AM

Tim is a master blacksmith whether the work be utilitarian or decorative-see his work close-up.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

September 14

Floral Print Book with Gel Prints and Haiku Workshop

Saturday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Instructor: Bonnie Faulkner
Using basic gel printing techniques, participants will create a beautiful little accordion and flag book using a monochromatic color scheme. Gel printing utilizes simple tools: a soft brayer, water-based inks and a gel surface made from food grade gelatin. From there the exploration of image making begins! Using a variety of freshly picked Shaker herbs attendees will create delicate floral images that can be transformed and layered in a variety of basic printmaking techniques. Before lunch the images will be printed. After lunch the book will be constructed and you will have options for various accordion binding techniques. All experience levels welcome.
Enrollment: 12 maximum

FEE: $40.00 (pre-registration required)

(Bring your own lunch - lemonade will be provided)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: R&R Spinners
Saturday, 10 AM

A welcoming group of spinners who are happy to have you watch and ask questions about their craft.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

September 28

Apple Saturday

Held from 10 am - 4:30 pm on the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village lawn, each Apple Saturday features FREE cider pressing with a hand press - bring your own apples to be pressed or buy Shaker apples at the Shaker Store.

Special Event: Apple Pie Sale (in cooperation with New Gloucester Historical Society)

Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM OR 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hikes are 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop. Offered at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
October 2013
October 5

Apple Saturday

Held from 10 am - 4:30 pm on the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village lawn, each Apple Saturday features FREE cider pressing with a hand press - bring your own apples to be pressed or buy Shaker apples at the Shaker Store.

Special Event: Apple Art for Kids (FREE)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: R&R Spinners
Saturday, 10 AM

A welcoming group of spinners who are happy to have you watch and ask questions about their craft.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

Nature Hike (pre-registration required)
Saturday, 10 AM - 12:30 PM OR 1:30 PM - 4 PM
Explore with family and friends the Shaker fields and forests from the hayfields through the woods to Loon's Point on Sabbathday Lake to Aurelia's Cascade with a finish up the old County Road. See many flora and fauna-rare species including our national symbol the American Bald Eagle! Flavored with tidbits of Shaker lore. Your guides will be Carol Beyna and Margi Huber, trained naturalists. Come every month and see the phenomenal seasonal changes. Hikes are 2-1/2 hours covering about a 3 mile loop. Offered at 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM. Please come dressed for a hike through the woods with mud and bugs, rain or shine.
FEE: $5.00 adults; $2.00 children; under 6 FREE
Call (207) 926-4597 to make reservations, or email usshakers@aol.com
October 12

Apple Saturday

Held from 10 am - 4:30 pm on the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village lawn, each Apple Saturday features FREE cider pressing with a hand press - bring your own apples to be pressed or buy Shaker apples at the Shaker Store.

Special Event: Cider and donut sale

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: Weaving - Marjie Thompson
Saturday, 10 AM

Get close up and see Marjie's creativity in action and also see her elegant finished items.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

CRAFTS DEMONSTRATION: SPECIAL EVENT - EMBROIDERY WITH "SOME" CHAPTER - THE EMBROIDERERS' GUILD OF AMERICA
An ancient craft well represented by this group of Maine women who will welcome your questions.

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC (No pre-registration required)

October 14

Columbus Day - Shaker Museum closes for the 2013 season

Shaker Store open Saturdays ONLY, 10 AM - 4:30 PM until the Shaker Christmas Fair on December 7.

December 2013
December 7

Shaker Christmas Fair

Saturday, 10 am - 3 pm

Always the first Saturday in December.

 

A traditional holiday fair! Good Room-all sorts of holiday baked goods; toys; Shaker Store gift shop; Yarn Room; Antique Room; Book Room; Herb Room; White Elephant Room-for the support of needy families; fresh Christmas trees and wreaths cheese and pickles; holiday barbecue lunch. FREE cider pressing and so much more!

 

Gifts for all ages! Come one, come all!

Odds and Ends of Workshop Registration Instruction

  1. Registrations accepted in the order received by our office - pre-registration required for all workshops - enrollment limits in each workshop.
  2. Full fee due at time of registration - checks only.
  3. Refund of fee dependent upon timing of participant cancellation and any expenses incurred by the museum at the time of the cancellation.
  4. Cancellation of a workshop by the Shaker Museum results in full refund to participants.
  5. Members of the Friends of the Shakers are entitled to a $5.00 discount on fees.
  6. Register early to avoid disappointment.
  7. Read the workshop descriptions carefully - many of the workshops have special notes for participants.
  8. No registration confirmations will be sent - a reminder card will be sent a week or so ahead of the workshop date.

Questions? Pre-registration information? For more details or information on any calendar listings, call: (207) 926-4597; or email: usshakers@aol.com

Printable Workshop Registration Form

A little bit about our Instructors ...

Chris Becksvoort is a nationally recognized cabinetmaker who practices his trade in our hometown of New Gloucester, Maine. He has a tremendous knowledge of wood and great mastery of hand tools and age-old techniques, including hand-cut dovetail joinery. He is the author of the book Shaker Legacy (available in our Reception Center), and frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine. Chris frequently donates his time and talents to Shaker Village and has made display cases for the Shaker Museum.

Dianne Devonshire of Raymond is a talented person who has made many sewn items for our museum shop including her world famous tea cozies and versatile Everything Bags-they sell like hot cakes. Dianne has led other workshops but what is amazing about our Shaker Museum workshops is that these are the first that she has led here even though she has been a museum guide for us for many years. She and husband Norm are two of the most helpful people you could ever hope to meet.

Norm Devonshire of Raymond, Maine is an accomplished woodcarver who has received awards for his skill and creativity. Norm is always working on some project - a folk carving of a person or animal, or perhaps a sculptural rendition of a bird and an award winning lady slipper. Norm's enthusiasm and passion for woodcarving are contagious, so his workshops are always popular with beginners and hobbyist woodworkers alike. His work can be seen in our museum gift shop.

Sandy Dzyak of New Gloucester, Maine is a relatively new addition to our teaching staff although she has been a volunteer Shaker Museum guide and has helped out in a number of ways including assisting at Apple Saturdays. She has a multiple crafts background. This year Sandy will conduct our popular Shaker chair taping workshop and a Lamb to Loom demonstration.

Bill Ambrose of North Yarmouth returns to us this year. "Chair Man." He operates Walnut Hill Antique Chair Restoration where he does tightening, refinishing, caning, rushing and even chair taping made famous by the Shakers.

Bonnie Faulkner, owner of Heron Point Gallery, Portland, has a wealth of abilities including fused and stained glass, jewelry-making, textile arts and book making. For this year Bonnie will offer two workshops from the world of paper arts.

Betsy Grecoe comes to us from Tewksbury, MA. She is a lifelong teacher, including decades in Massachusetts public schools and many years here leading workshops at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. She has also made many other contributions to the village with her friendship and creative skills.

Dan Grecoe returns to our teaching line-up this season. He is a master woodworker and part of the amazing team of the Gifted Grecoes. Dan has also volunteered his talents to help maintain the village by working in every building to make much needed improvements and all for free.

Debbie McBride grew up in Queens, New York and now lives in Harrison. Debbie was surrounded by a grandmother's love of good food and a mother who could make the best jar of pickles Debbie can remember. She is now a Maine Licensed Food Processor and sells her goodies in various shops.

Connie Fletcher is new to us this year - welcome! She has been an avid hooker for fifteen years after following a path through sewing, quilting, weaving and knitting. Connie's work has appeared in Rug Hooking Magazine and in Wool Street Journal. She was voted in 2005 as one of America's top craftspeople by Early American Life. Connie and her good friend Debbie McBride will combine talents in the Cooking and Hooking Demo on June 22.