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“Simple Gifts” Music Festival July 16

Come join FASM in celebration of the 169th anniversary of Alfred’s Town Song, “Simple Gifts.” The play-along begins at 5:00 PM. Bring an instrument (or your voice) and join in! At 6:00 PM, the concert commences. As usual, it will feature a variety of interpretations of “Simple Gifts” as expressed in various musical combinations and dance.

For more information: Contact Andy Happel.

Videos from the 2016 Speakers’ Series

Video: Tonya Shevenell’s The Home Road

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Video: Noah Binette’s The Saga of Malaga

Shaker Hill Apple Festival, September 24 and 25

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Get Ready for Apple Fest Yard Sale, September 24 & 25!

Happy Summer! It won’t be long before the Alfred Shaker Museum will be having its annual yard sale. It is held on September 24th and 25th along with Apple Fest on Shaker Hill in Alfred. This is one of the largest fundraisers for the Museum.

We are seeking donations of gently used, family-friendly goods. Please, no mattresses, cribs, car seats, appliances or computers.

Volunteers are also needed to sort, price, set up and work at the sale on that day.

For more information, call Barbara Carlson, 207-651-6700.

“Simple Gifts” Music Festival This Sunday, July 17

Don’t forget! This coming Sunday afternoon is the “Simple Gifts” music festival!

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“Simple Gifts” Music Festival Coming in July

The annual “Simple Gifts” Music Festival will take place at the Museum on Sunday, July 17. The evening starts at 5:00 PM with a play-along of “Simple Gifts” and other Shaker tunes. Bring your instruments and join in! At 6:00 PM, the concert performances feature multiple interpretations of Alfred’s Town Song, including written music and improvisations, dance, and other forms.

Admission is by donation. Your donations will benefit the Alfred Shaker Museum and the “Simple Gifts” Music Festival.

For more information, contact Andy Happel at 207-752-0927 or by email at andy@andyhappel.com.

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Fiber Arts Nights at the Museum

Attention knitters, crocheters, rug makers, quilters, and other fiber artists! The Alfred Shaker Museum is open on Tuesday evenings from 6-9 PM for Fiber Arts Nights!

Bring your works in progress to the Museum and join fellow fiber artists for evenings of fun and conversation while getting those projects finished! Help is available for beginning-level knitters.

For more information, contact Barbara Carlson at abcarlson@roadrunner.com.

2016 Speakers’ Series Announced

Shaker Museum, Sanford-Springvale Historical Society to Offer New Speakers’ Series

ALFRED – Alfred Shaker Museum and the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society will offer a second year of the Sid Emery Memorial Forum this coming season. It will again be a four-event program that focuses on both Maine history and culture.

The series will begin on May 22. Each event will be held at 1:30 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon at Alfred Shaker Museum and is free to the public though donations will be gratefully accepted. The speakers and their dates are as follows:

May 22: Noble High School student Noah Binette will describe his research on the tragic story of the evictions of 40 legal residents of Malaga Island, off the Maine coast, in 1912. The victims were a poor ethnic community who had little ability to fight for themselves. Some were sent to mental institutions and even the island cemetery was removed. Binette, who will be a high school senior in the fall, has won state and national awards for his account of their story.

Aug. 21: Filmmaker Tonya Shevenell takes up migration issues in The Home Road, her film of her father’s trek for nearly 200 miles from Canada to Biddeford where his father became the first French Canadian immigrant to settle permanently in that Maine community. At age 19, Israel Shevenell made the trip in 1845. The film captures the grit, commitment and persistence of emigrants and immigrants as they made their bid for a better life. It is a timely subject, given the migration struggles that beset the world today.

Oct. 16: Speaker Ron Romano is fascinated by cemeteries and by the life of Bartlett Adams, one of the earliest stonecutters in Portland whose work graces cemeteries all over southern Maine. Romano is a board member of Spirits Alive, the Friends of Portland’s Historic Eastern Cemetery. He guides the interested through summer cemetery tours and his work shows Adams’ products in 133 southern Maine burial grounds. Romano has lectured around the country on this history and his book, Early Gravestones in Southern Maine: The Genius of Bartlett Adams, is to be published in summer 2016.

Oct. 23: Adam Nudd-Homeyer will discuss his craftsmanship, which marries history, woodworking, and metal work. A 7th-generation craftsman at Tappan Chairs in Sandwich, N.H., and an experienced educator, he works with both early historical tools and techniques and modern methods and materials as needed. Under a pact with Maine’s Shakers and Chilton furniture company, his prototype of a Shaker chair originally produced in Alfred’s Shaker village has been selected for reproduction and will be sold to the public by Chilton.

The Speakers’ Series, introduced last year, is named for Sid Emery, a longtime member of both sponsoring organizations who lived in Springvale, had strong ties to Alfred, and died in 2015 at the age of 101.

The sponsors hope to videotape the speakers’ presentations, as was done last year, to build archives for future programming. Last year, both Saco River TV, a public access station, and the Sanford High School video club videotaped the programs, which are available on Alfred Shaker Museum’s web site at http://www.alfredshakermuseum.com/events-workshops/speakers-series/.

The Shaker Museum formally opens for the season on Saturday, May 14, unveiling a new exhibit on Shaker inventions and awarding top prize in its student essay contest to East Waterboro student Sarah Bouley. She will read her essay, titled “The Causes of Decline of the Shakers in Alfred,” at the ceremony, which is open to the public. Sarah is a seventh grader at Massabesic Middle School and is the daughter of James and Char Bouley of East Waterboro.

As in past years, the museum will be open to visitors on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4 pm this summer season, coinciding with hours of the town’s museum in the village center. For more programming information, see the museum’s web site at www.alfredshakermuseum.org.

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Alfred Shaker Museum 2016 Events and Workshops

2016 Events

March 27 Open House on Maine Maple Sunday
April 2 Wool Sale from 10 AM – 4 PM
May 14 The Museum opens for the season with a new exhibit, “Shaker Inventions.” Winners of the Essay Contest will be honored with an awards presentation.
June 8 FASM Annual Meeting (FASM Members Only)
July 16 “Simple Gifts” Music Festival
September 24-25 Shaker Hill Apple Festival
November 19-20 FASM table at the Holiday Fair at Alfred Elementary School
December 10 Open House for Christmas in the Shire
December 14 FASM Holiday Party

2016 Workshops

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709.

Date/Time Workshop Cost
Saturday, May 28 Basket Making with Martha Chessie TBD
Friday, June 5 Women’s Drumming Circle TBD
Saturday, October 29 Needle Felting with Beva Meagher TBD

For detailed information on the workshops, visit the Workshops page.

Wool Fabric Sale at FASM in April

Attention

  • Rug Braiders
  • Rug Hookers
  • Crafters

On Saturday, April 2, 2016, from 10 am to 4 pm, there will be a sale of wool material at the Alfred Shaker Museum at 118 Shaker Hill Road in Alfred, ME.

If you have wool to sell, please contact Barbara Carlson at 207-651-6700.

Museum Hours:

Museum Hours: 1 PM – 4 PM on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and by appointment.

Closing for the season on November 15.

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

We are dog-friendly. Well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome in our building.

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