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2015 Programs & Events

The Enfield Shaker Museum is focused on sharing the history and culture of the Enfield Shakers. The Museum is open year round and offers a full calendar of special events throughout the seasons.

Visitors to the Museum can enjoy a variety of activities including traditional craft demonstrations, indoor and outdoor educational programs, exhibits, tours, overnight packages, workshops, evening fundraising events and scholarly programs. For something created just for you, view our calendar of events below.

Our summer hours (May 1 to October 31) are Monday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 5:00 pm. Winter hours (November 1 to April 30) are Wednesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday Noon to 4:00 pm. Our last tour of the day begins one hour before closing time.

In winter we offer guided tours on Sunday, Monday, Friday and Saturday and self-guided tours on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Day after Christmas.

Spring Events

May – September 15

Children’s Garden Program

Our Children’s Garden Program is open to children (ages 6 to 12) and parents who wish to participate. The garden is planted in late May. Tending the garden is done at least once a week with another day added later in the season. Work includes weeding and harvesting vegetables and flowers. Vegetables are used in children’s cooking workshops and donated to The Haven food pantry. Flowers are donated to area nursing homes.

Cost: Free

To register call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Fall Events

Sunday, September 13 3:00 to 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! Lots of socializing and refreshments available.

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

Cost: Free

Sunday, September 20 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

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

To register by September 18: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, September 26 10:00 am 3:00 pm.

Shaker Harvest Festival

A yearly tradition set on the picturesque grounds of the Enfield Shaker Village.

Celebrate the autumn harvest with horse-drawn wagon and pony rides, hay stack treasure hunt, cider making, butter churning, ice cream cranking, candle dipping, traditional crafts including broom making, farm animals, musical entertainment, museum tours with a cooperage exhibit, a special sheep herding demonstration and more. Lunch 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). Hearth Broom Workshop – $5.

Overnight rooms available throughout the weekend.

Walk in or register by calling the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

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

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Teas and Tinctures

Fall is root season! Autumn is a time of harvest and abundance, and as the earth itself grows cooler, digging for nourishing, medicinal roots gives us a close intimacy with the season and its generosity. In this workshop we will be discussing the uses of tinctures and teas and the best practices for harvesting and drying. We will then collect roots and herbs from the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and practice the steps to making teas and tinctures in the kitchen. ** Please note: this class is informational only and does not imply medical knowledge. Use of teas and tinctures as medicines are at the individual’s sole discretion and responsibility.**

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

To register by October 9: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Monday, November 16 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Herb Condiments and Complements

Liven up your holiday table and menus with wonderful condiments and complements prepared from the herbs from your garden. Create your own herb butters, mustards, vinegars and seasonings from dried herbs grown in the Shaker Museum Herb Garden.

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

To register by November 14: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Friday, November 20 5:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Garlic and Onion Workshop

These members of the Allium family are staples in any recipe… but how about making them the stars! In this workshop we will discuss a brief history of the Enfield Shakers’ onion business, how to grow garlic and onions, the many harvestable stages, storage and of course recipes that highlight these pungent bulbs!  

Cost: $35 per person. $30 members. Class size limited to 20.

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

Winter Events

Thursday, December 3 6:00 – 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 20.

To register by December 1: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, December 5 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Festival of Trees

Our second annual Festival of Trees will open for viewing in the Dining Room of the Great Stone Dwelling. The trees are donated table top trees artistically decorated by local artists, businesses, individuals and organizations. The trees will be raffled or auctioned off to raise money for the Museum.

Cost: Free to view.

To decorate a tree call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email info@shakermuseum.org.

Friday, December 11 and Friday, December 18 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Gift Shop Extended Hours and Festival of Trees Display

Join your Museum friends to holiday shop in our Museum Gift Shop and view the Festival of Trees display in the Shaker Dining Room where  you can purchase raffle tickets to win one of the many wonderfully decorated table top trees to take home for the holidays. Music and refreshments will be provided.

Sunday, December 13 1:00 pm

Holiday Cookie Fair

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

Cost: $10 per pound

Saturday, December 19 5:00 pm

Festival of Trees Gala

Holiday music, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and extended hours in the Gift Shop round out a lovely evening spent at the Enfield Shaker Museum. This evening we will draw the winning tickets and let you know if you have won the tree of your choice.

Throughout out December, the staff at the Museum will also decorate a traditional tree in our Shaker Meeting Room. Visitors may bring in a non-perishable item to place under the tree. As in the past, the items will be donated to the local Indian River Helping Hands program.

December 3 6:00 – 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 20.

Saturday, January 30 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Snowshoe Festival

Our fifth annual snowshoe festival. Experience the Shaker legacy on this fun-filled day of winter activities.

Goody bags complete with trail map, surprises, and a raffle ticket for the change to win a variety of fun items.

  • Snowshoeing on several trails
  • Snowshoe clinics
  • Dog sledding
  • Horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides (weather permitting)
  • Snow games
  • Ice skating on the Mill Pond (bring your own skates)
  • Museum Shaker Quest (an inside scavenger hunt of children)
  • Home-made lunch available for purchase

Overnight packages also 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).

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

 

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.