Scenes from “Simple Gifts”

Here are some photos from our 5th annual “Simple Gifts” concert.

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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.

“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

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Yes! Tonight’s Concert is a Go!

Despite the unsettled weather, we will be hosting the “Simple Gifts” concert tonight. The open play-along will take place at the planned time of 5 PM, and the concert will happen at 6 PM. All performances will take place indoors at the Museum, in the Morrison Community Room.

“Simple Gifts” Concert Postponed Till 7/26

Due to the forecast calling for rain this evening, the “Simple Gifts” concert has been postponed one week to Sunday, July 26. The play-along still beings at 5 PM, and the concert begins at 6 PM.

2nd Annual Simple Gifts Festival

This year’s Simple Gifts Festival took place on Saturday, July 19, in conjunction with Alfred Festival Days. The concert opened with traditional songs from the Mark O’Connor Method books performed by string teachers and their students. The opener was followed by a variety of artists playing Shaker tunes, traditional songs, and even the Maine première of an original composition! FASM was on hand to provide refreshments and hospitality, and the museum and gift shop were open during the concert.

Here are some photos…










“Simple Gifts” Festival, July 21

SafariScreenSnapz0052013 marks the 165th anniversary of the song “Simple Gifts,” which was written by Elder Joseph Brackett of the Alfred Shakers. To celebrate this milestone, violinist/composer Andy Happel and FASM present the First Annual “Simple Gifts” Music Festival on Sunday, July 21 at the Museum. The Festival includes a public jam session for interested musicians, plus a Twilight Concert.

The public “Pick-Along” starts at 4 PM. Musicians wishing to join in the “Pick-Along” can find a list of the repertoire, links to sheet music, and other information at

The Twilight Concert begins at 5:30 PM. The public is invited to attend. Please bring your own lawn chairs. Sunscreen, bug spray, and snacks are suggested.

Here’s a video of Andy playing “Simple Gifts” for the WCSH program “207”.

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.

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