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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.

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

Wool Fabric Sale, November 12

On Saturday, November 12th from 1 – 4 pm, there will be a Wool Fabric Sale at the Alfred Shaker Museum. This is new wool at more than reasonable prices. There is something there for everyone — rug braiders, rug hookers, penny rug makers and crafters, etc. who use new wool.

The Alfred Shaker Museum will be closing for the season that weekend, but will be open for special functions, which we will post on our website and the town website.

If you have any questions, contact Barbara Carlson at 207-651-6700.

Quillie Ornament Class Postponed

The November 5 Quillie Ornament class has been canceled due to some technical difficulties. The Museum will try to reschedule it for sometime in 2017. If you signed up for the class and pre-paid, contact Linda for reimbursement.

Final Speakers’ Forum Talk of the 2016 Season

Adam Nudd-Homeyer speaking at our final Speakers' Forum session for 2016. His subject was the making of Shaker chairs.

Adam Nudd-Homeyer speaking at our final Speakers’ Forum session for 2016. His subject was the making of Shaker chairs.

There’s Still Time to Sign Up For These Workshops!

To register for any of our workshops, call Linda at 490-5709 or register via e-mail at aaskov@metrocast.net.

October 29: Needle Felting with Beva Meagher

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November 5: Wool Quilled Christmas Ornaments with Pam Rowan

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Learn how to make these sweet “country-style” ornaments with just wool scraps. This workshop starts at 10:00 AM. Cost: $25.00 — You must pay and register by October 24, so contact Linda ASAP to get in on this fun class!

Coming on October 23: Shaker Chairs

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Coming on October 16: A Stonecutter’s Tale

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Sign Up Now for Sheep Class on October 29!

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

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