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2016 Programs & Events

The Enfield Shaker Museum is focused on sharing the history and culture of the Enfield Shakers.

Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a variety of activities including: exhibits, tours, traditional craft demonstrations, indoor and outdoor educational programs, workshops, scholarly programs, fundraising events, trails and overnight packages.

For something created just for you, view our calendar of events below.

For more information, please contact us via email at info@shakermuseum.org or call us at (603) 632-4346.

 

 

 

 

Spring Events

May 2 – October 31

Individual/Small Group Shaker Broom Making Workshop

Are you interested in learning how to make a broom in the same way the Shakers did using broomcorn? Now is your opportunity. Broom makers Larry Antonuk and Susan Brown will teach you the trade for you to take a broom home. Workshops typically last three hours.

Cost: $50 per person. All proceeds benefit the Enfield Shaker Museum.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org to set up a date and time.

Summer Events

Monday, August 22 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Oil and Vinegar

What are the most common cooking staples in any kitchen? Oil and vinegar! In this workshop we will talk about the different common oils and vinegars used in everyday cooking and how we can elevate them by infusing them with fresh herbs for a whole new flavor experience. We will make our own infused oil and vinegar and demonstrate a few recipes using infused oils and vinegars. Each student will leave with at least one oil and one vinegar, recipes and many new ideas! Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and some containers to take home any leftovers.*Advanced registration required. Please disclose any food allergies when registering.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by August 21, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, August 27 7:00 pm

Hammered Dulcimer, Fiddle and Banjo Concert

This benefit concert with 100% ticket sales donated to the Museum will include original and old time Appalachian music performed by Ken and Brad Kolodner and Rachel Eddy.

Cost: $25 per person

To register and/or purchase tickets, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Overnight rooms available throughout the weekend.

Sunday, August 28 2:30 – 5:00 pm

Guided Hike to Crystal Lake

Join Fr. John P. Sullivan, Director of Our Lady of La Salette, Dolores Struckhoff, the Director of the Enfield Shaker Museum and Alan Strickland, local conservationist and a primary player in the creation of the Colette Trail, for a guided hike to Crystal Lake. The hike will depart from the Boys Camp Road and travel down the Colette Trail to Crystal Lake. This special guided hike will feature a discussion of the importance of the environment of the Upper Valley Region of New Hampshire.

Cost: Free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Enfield Shaker Museum at (603) 632-4346 or The Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette at (603) 632-7087 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Wednesday, August 31 5:30 – 7:30 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Harvesting and Preserving Flowers and Herbs

This workshop will start off in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden where we will be discussing best practices for harvesting and preserving flowers and herbs. We will discuss the pros and cons of different techniques and of course practice harvesting plants. We will then go back to the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare our harvest for drying, and further discuss all the possibilities of using dried flowers and herbs. Light refreshments will be provided.

Cost: $20 per person. $17 members. Class size limited to 15.

To register by August 30, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, September 1 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shaker Herb Garden Talk

Join retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she walks through the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and talks about the herbs highlighting those that will be growing. Feel free to bring specific questions to ask.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Sunday, September 11 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Garden Tea Party

Afternoon tea is a tradition cherished by many societies around the globe. In this workshop we will spend the first hour discussing planning and planting a tea garden. We will head out to the Shaker Museum Herb Garden to discuss various common herbs used in popular teas, and even harvest a few. The second hour will consist of making our own tea and then enjoy a true tea party including finger sandwiches and other goodies.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 12.

To register by September 10, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, September 13 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: The Shaker Feast Grounds

Take a walk to the Shaker Feast Grounds to learn about what the Shakers did at this lofty spot with a breathtaking view of Mascoma Lake.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Sunday, September 18 3:00 – 5:30 pm

Shaker Sing

Join us for this informal sing led by Mary Ann Haagen in the Great Stone Dwelling Meeting Room. No previous experience required. Music will be provided and taught to all. Bring a friend! Enjoy the socializing and refreshments.

Cost: Free and open to the public. Donations accepted.

Please email mah@valley.net if you can attend.

Tuesdays, September 20 and 27 2:00 – 6:00 pm

Photographing Plants and Flowers at the Enfield Shaker Museum

Under the guidance of photographer, Mary Gerakaris, learn how to use your camera to capture the beauty of plants growing along the Shaker trails and focus on details of the Shaker garden plants and flowers.

Cost: $70 per person. $63 members. Class size is limited to 12.

To register by September 16, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Fall Events

Saturday, September 24 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Shaker Harvest Festival

A yearly tradition set on the picturesque grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum. Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, a hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, Museum tours, a special sheep herding demonstration and more.

Lunch and overnight accommodations available.

Cost: Adults $12, Ages 13 to 17 $8, Ages 12 and under $5, Families of three or more $20 (parents or guardians with children under 18).

For more information call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or education@shakermuseum.org.

This program is funded in part by the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

Saturday, October 1 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Memorial Gravestone Care and Maintenance

Be part of a team, which connects Enfield's Shaker history today. We will take a survey of the Condition of the memorials in the recently acquired Second Family Shaker Cemetery. In this hands-on-workshop, Rob Gregg will teach you how to clean and maintain gravesites as you wok on the memorials in the Shaker Cemetery. Supplies included, please bring rubber gloves.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 Members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by September 26, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, October 2 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Herb it Up

Liven up your table and menus with wonderful condiments and complements prepared with the herbs from your garden. We will harvest fresh herbs from the garden and use these and dried herbs to create an herb butter, dressing, mustard and other common cooking seasonings. We will explore how the use of herbs can elevate simple dishes. Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and extra containers to take home leftovers.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by October 1, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, October 11 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: Shaker Mountain Pond a/k/a Smith Pond

Join our Curator and Executive Director on a tour to the water source for the Enfield Shaker South Family Village.

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 and 16 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

Photographing the Fall Landscape (two-day digital workshop)

Learn to create fantastic landscape photographs with award winning photographer Guy Biechele.

Day One: Explore the special features of your digital camera. Following a discussion of creative approaches to landscape photography, head into the field to photograph the beauty of New England's fall.

Day Two: Learn to use editing programs to make the most of your images. Topics include resizing, cropping, correcting color and techniques for getting the best looking prints from your photographs. Overnight rooms available.

Cost: $150 per person. $135 Members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by September 26, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org

Saturday, October 15 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Cider: One Sip at a Time

Explore a variety of New England crafted artisanal ciders both hard and natural at this festive tasting event. Locally harvested apples and award winning artisan cheeses will also be set up for tasting and purchase.

Cost: Tickets in advance. $25 per person. $20 members.

To register by October 10, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, October 15 6:00 pm

Shaker Harvest Dinner

Join B&W Catering for a Shaker inspired dinner. Each course will be paired with a cider from Farnum Hill Ciders. Served in the Dining Room of the Great Stone Dwelling.

Cost: Tickets in advance. $45 per person. $40 members.

To register by October 10, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday and Sunday, November 5 and 6 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Handmade Paper Books (two-day workshop)

Retired art teacher Tracy Smith will guide your creation of a smile journal with wrap around cover. Explore a variety of embellishing techniques, including pockets, accordion inserts, foldouts, and different types of pages for photos or other 2D treasures. In addition you will experiment with a simple origami structure, The Starbook. Easy to make, but full of forever flexibility! Try your hand at color cut-throughs, layered effects, shapes and assembly variations. Plenty of wonderful papers will be available. All tools supplied. Lunch both days included. Overnight lodging available.

Cost: $110 per person. $100 Members. Class size limited to 8.

To register by November 24, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Thursday, November 10 5:00pm – 8:00 pm

Gifts from the Kitchen

Santa's elves will be green with envy when they see the goodies you take home from this workshop. Learn to make five glorious gifts from your kitchen with Museum Educator, Nan Munsey. Practice techniques for making candied pecans, fruit butter, crackers, your own vanilla, and more. Take home samples of each, recipes, instructions, and ideas for packaging.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 Members. Class size limited to 6.

To register by November 4, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, November 13 1:45 pm – 4:45 pm

2016 Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar and join us in the Great Stone Dwelling Meeting Room for our 2016 Annual Meeting. Meet our board and staff while attending special presentations, a behind-the-scene tour, business meeting, highlights of the past year and more!

Refreshments will be served throughout the meeting.

Saturday, November 19 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Holiday Herbal Wreath Making

Create a masterpiece from the everlasting flowers and herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden. Each person will take home a finished 16” wreath, great for decorating your home or as a thoughtful gift. All materials provided, but please bring your own scissors and clippers.

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 6.

To register by November 18, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturdays and Sundays December 3 – 17 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Decorate the Ministry House Classroom and Trees

Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and special friends and make paper chains and decorations with them. Decorate the Ministry House with a few and take some decorations home.

Cost: Free to attend.

For more information contact us at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, December 3 17 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Festival of Trees

Our third annual Festival of Trees will open for viewing in the Dining Room of the Great Stone Dwelling on December 3 and run through December 17. The trees are donated tabletop trees artistically decorated by local artists, businesses, individuals and organizations. The trees will be raffled or auctioned off to raise money for the Museum at a Gala on December 17.

Cost: Free to attend. Raffle tickets $1 each, 6 for $5, and 15 for $10.

For more information contact us at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, December 4 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Moravian Stars

Join artist and retired art teacher, Tracy Smith, for magical paper folding and create the multi-pointed stars used in the Moravian communities to mark the Advent season. These handmade symbols of hope and celebration are fun to make, display and give as gifts.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Class size is limited to 12. All materials and refreshments provided.

To register by December 4, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, December 10 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Traditional Tree Ornament Making

Bring your child or grandchild to this fun afternoon of making ornaments that remind us of the sights and smells of long-ago holidays. Choose from clove oranges, popcorn-cranberry garland, shaped cinnamon ornaments, noting lidded paper boxes and more! All materials and tools supplied. Light refreshments will be served.

Cost: $25 adult with one child. $20 Members. Class size limited to 10.

To register by December 2, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, December 10 5:00 – 8:00 pm

Gift Drawing

Join artist and meditation teacher, Julie Püttgen, for an afternoon of Contemplation and Gift Drawing. Julie will guide you in contemplating about gifts you have given and received, and benefactors who have helped you in your life. Be inspired by the Shaker tradition of sacred gift drawing and create two contemplative gift drawings, one for yourself and another to give to a friend.

Cost: $45 per person. $35 for members. Class size is limited to 10. All materials will be provided.

To register by December 9, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, December 11 1:00 pm

Holiday Cookie Fair

Get your spot in line early to buy homemade holiday cookies by the pound. The cookies are generously donated by dedicated volunteers and go very quickly.

Cost: Free to attend. Cookies sold at $10 per pound.

For more information contact us at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, December 11 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Gift Boxes Workshop    

Join artist and retired art teacher, Kate Mortimer, to craft lovely paper gift boxes embellished with unique buttons or beads. Use your handcrafted containers for precious gifts to give to others or to hold your own treasures. Bring any embellishment you like or a paper you especially want to use.

Cost: $25 per person. $20 members. Materials available and refreshments provided.

To register by December 11, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Winter Events

Date to be determined 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Snowshoe Festival

The 6th annual Snowshoe Festival is an outdoor event to celebrate winter, snowshoeing, community, fitness and fun. We will offer horse-drawn wagon and dog sled rides. Participants will enjoy snowshoeing on three trails and L.L.Bean will hold snowshoe clinics throughout the day. Snow games, a fire pit for warming and roasting marshmallows will be enjoyed by all while a Penguin mascot will add enthusiasm to the theme. Lunch, photo booth and inside tours will be available. Participants will also receive a bag full of surprises at registration.

Cost: Adults $12, Ages 13 to 17 $8, Ages 12 and under $5, Families of three or more $20 (parents or guardians with children under 18).

Team rates: Adults and teens 10 or fewer $50 and 11 or more $100.

To register or sponsor this event: call (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.
Snowshoes available for loan (first come, first served, so please register early).

Overnight packages also available.

Enfield Shaker Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit educational institution dedicated to interpreting and preserving the complex history of the Enfield Shaker Village and the Missionaries of La Salette.