Museum News

Fiber Arts Nights Resume on June 7

Attention knitters, crocheters, embroiderers, rug hookers/braiders, needle felters, and everyone else who indulges in a fiber-related craft!

Fiber Arts Nights are returning to FASM starting on Tuesday, June 7, from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Come join the regulars for a weekly evening of camaraderie while you work on your projects.

Beginners are welcome! Help is available for novice knitters and embroiderers.

Massabesic Student Wins Shaker Museum Essay Contest

Sarah Bouley (center), shown with her family at the contest awards ceremony at the museum last year.

An eighth-grade student at Massabesic Middle School has won the student essay contest sponsored annually by the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM). It is her second consecutive win in the contest.

The winner is Sarah Bouley of East Waterboro with her essay titled, “How the Shakers Earned a Living in Alfred”. She will receive a $100 prize and a collectible from FASM. Her essay will become part of the museum’s archive.

Sarah will read her essay in an award ceremony at the museum on its opening day of the new summer season — Saturday, May 13, at 2 p.m. The museum will open to the public at 1 p.m. that day at no charge.

A memorial tribute to the late Shaker Sister Frances Carr of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community, who died in January, will follow the award ceremony, and then treats will be served.

The judges for the essay contest were Elizabeth DeWolfe, Harland Eastman, and Al Carlson.

The museum will introduce the new season’s exhibit — titled Donations a Museum Make — that same day. New donations to the Shaker Museum, which recently established a dedicated fund for acquisitions, given the high prices commanded by Shaker items on antiquity markets, will be displayed.

The museum also is undertaking an exterior paint job this season which is funded by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The work will begin as weather permits and will be performed by Greg Knight of Alfred.

Announcing the 2017 Student Essay Contest

The Alfred Shaker Museum Student Essay Contest is now open for entries! See the contest flyer for the rules.

To submit your essay, visit the Student Essay Contest page.

Deadline for submitting your essay is March 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM. Winners will be announced in early April, and awards will be presented soon thereafter.

FMI or to make arrangements to use the Museum library for research, call Mary Lee Dunn Maguire at 324-7088.

Museum & Gift Shop Open December 10

The Alfred Shaker Museum will be open this Saturday, December 10, from 10 AM – 4 PM. Come visit, have a cup of hot cider, and say hello!

Come visit the Museum gift shop for gifts or stocking stuffers!

May we suggest…

  • A good book for adults or children about the Shakers
  • A beautiful handcrafted wooden Shaker Box by Mark Jacobs
  • Art and crafts by local artists
  • Jams, pickles, and Shaker herbs
  • Brooms, walking sticks, scarves, sweaters, felted mittens…you name it, we might have it.

If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we might be able to order it. Just ask!

Looking forward to seeing you.

We make you kindly welcome!

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

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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FASM Speakers’ Series Continues

All talks will be held at Alfred Shaker Museum (www.alfredshakermuseum.org) at 1:30 p.m. on the specified date. The historical society’s web site is at www.sanfordhistory.org.

2016 Speakers’ Series

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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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Become a Museum Docent!

Did you ever wish you knew more about the Shakers? Do you enjoy answering questions and sharing knowledge about your favorite subjects? The Alfred Shaker Museum has just the right spot for you — Why not become a Museum Docent?

Museum Docents are available during the hours when the Museum is open to answer visitors’ questions about the Shakers and the Museum. Docents are needed on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons during the Museum’s open season (May-November, plus weekends where special events are taking place in town). Sign up for as many weekend times as you wish, or as few. The Museum Curator and members of FASM will be available to help you while you’re there, so you’ll never have to go it alone.

No experience is required. Curator Linda Aaskov will provide training and access to the Museum’s reference materials.

If all this sounds like something you’d like to do, please contact Linda by email at aaskov@metrocast.net, or call her at 207-490-5709.

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.

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FASM meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM at the Alfred Shaker Museum. The public is invited to our meetings (unless announced otherwise).

We welcome new members! To join FASM, see our Become a Friend page.

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