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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.

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.

Scenes from Shaker Hill Apple Fest

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Shaker Hill Apple Fest, Sept. 26-27


Museum News and Updates

Endowment Funded Boosted by Morrisons’ Gift

As many readers may know, Elizabeth Morrison of Alfred, who contributed so much in service, ideas, knowledge, and effort to the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM), died last April. It has since been disclosed that she made the museum’s two-year-old Endowment Fund the beneficiary of her $10,000 life insurance policy. Betty and her husband, Earl Morrison, have both held offices in FASM and have chaired the group’s largest annual fundraiser, an Apple Festival in September, in recent years. This year’s fest, on September 13 and 14, was a great success once again. FASM has been so rewarded by their volunteerism.

Museum Awaits Feedback from Teachers in York

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) eagerly await feedback from York County school teachers of third through 12th graders about the video FASM produced on the history of the Shaker community in Alfred from 1783 until 1931. Alfred’s Shakers were the root community of Shakers in Maine. They also have been credited with enabling Shakerism to continue to the present time, since the Shakers who left Alfred in 1931 to merge with their fellows at New Gloucester imbued new life in the community there due to their youth and zeal. Three Shakers still live there. The video, done by Westside Audio Visual of New Hampshire, targeted two audiences: visitors to the museum and the area’s schoolchildren. FASM distributed DVDs of it as the school year ended last June to be used in history, civics, English, art, and music classes.

Shaker Museum Slide Show on YouTube

A slide show of Alfred Shaker Museum’s now-annual Simple Gifts concert, held in July, has been posted on YouTube. The concert takes note of the song composed by Shaker Elder Joseph Brackett of Sabbathday Lake’s Shaker community when he visited Alfred in early summer 1848. The concert series was spearheaded by Portland-area violinist and music teacher Andy Happel, and it includes a jam session with some of his students and others who wanted to join in. The series is expected to continue for another eight years, culminating with the song’s 175th anniversary. Greg Hall of the Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum put the slide show together.

Watch the slideshow here:

Shaker Friends to Begin Last Phase of Renovation

The Friends of Alfred Shaker Museum (FASM) expect to begin the last phase of their renovation of a mid-19th century Shaker Carriage House into their museum building at the end of this museum season in November. The work will turn a half-floor on the building’s second level into a library, reading room, and museum office. It is hoped the work will be completed by Fall 2015. The Davis Family Foundation has given FASM a grant for building materials for that renovation and to purchase and install storm and light-filtering windows to protect its collections in other parts of the structure.

Don’t Miss Out on the Lobster Raffle!

The Alfred Shaker Museum is currently running a Lobster Raffle — and who doesn’t love fresh local seafood?!

The lucky winner will receive 5 lobster and some #5 steamers, donated by LaFlamme’s Lobster and Seafood of Arundel, ME.

You can get your tickets from any FASM member, or stop in at the Museum when it’s open. Tickets are $1 apiece or 6 for $5.

Drawing will be held on September 14, 2014. You do not need to be present to win!

Shaker Hill Apple Festival, September 13-14


Come celebrate the annual apple harvest on Shaker Hill in Alfred next weekend! This year’s Shaker Hill Apple Festival features apple picking (of course) plus fun, fine food, crafts, history, good buys at the Giant Yard Sale, and historic craft demonstrations.

The Alfred Shaker Museum promises fun for the whole family with pony rides, children’s activities guided by Linda Hobbs, craft vendors and demonstrators, an outdoor grill plus cotton candy and snow cones, an indoor restaurant offering corn chowder and slices of homemade apple pie made from produce on the Hill. There will be a tented yard sale, an Amish quilt raffle, and a seafood raffle.

Member Lloyd Hunt will give guided wagon tours of historic Shaker Hill. The Museum and Museum Shop will be open, and you will be able to view the Museum’s new video. Showtimes will be listed at the museum.

The Shaker Hill Apple Festival is a collaboration sponsored by FASM, the York County Shelters, the Brothers of Christian Instruction on Shaker Hill, and Giles Family Farm.

Yard Sale Items Wanted!

From FASM President Barbara Carlson…

The Alfred Shaker Museum is putting out a request to all of our friends and neighbors within a 20-mile radius for items for our tag sale at “Apple Fest” on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 & 14, at the Museum on Shaker Hill. If you call my house or have my cell, a truck will be sent to pick up your items, or you can leave them at the museum. We will give you a tax donation form if requested… All monies raised go toward the upkeep and development of the Museum. Thank you very much!!!!

FASM’s Giant Apple Fest Yard Sale, Sept. 13-14

On September 13 & 14, as part of Alfred’s Apple Fest celebration, the Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum will feature their traditional Giant Yard Sale. Come discover some bargains!

All donations of items will be gratefully accepted. For pickup, call Barbara Carlson at 651-6700, or bring your donations to the Museum. If you have a yard sale and have things left over, FASM will be happy to pick up your leftovers, with a little notice. All proceeds will go to the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Museum Hours:

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

Closing for the season on November 11.

Admission: Free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

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

Become a Friend of the Alfred Shaker Museum!

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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