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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 – Early June 9:00 am – 1:30 pm

History Alive Fourth and Fifth Grade Field Trips

Grade 4 and 5 student groups spend a day in the work of the Shakers as part of their study of regional history. Students will learn about the Shaker craftsmanship, integrity in business, stewardship of their land, creative inventions, and strong sense of community. The day will be filled with learning in an 1850s schoolroom, singing Shaker songs, baking bread in a Shaker kitchen, and making items like the Shakers.
 
Cost: $5 per student. Transportation scholarships available.

For more information or to schedule a field trip call the Museum or email education@shakermuseum.org.

This program is funded in part by the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific Wildlife Conservation Foundation and the Hypertherm Hope Foundation.

Sunday, May 1 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spring Open House

Join us for Museum exhibits, tours of our winter preservation projects, hands-on children’s activities, admission and Gift Shop savings, free refreshments and more.

We will also feature demonstrations of traditional handcrafts and trades similar to those practiced by the Shakers or popular during their time in Enfield. Engage with rug hookers, broom makers, wood carvers and more!

While at the Museum register to volunteer in our 2016 archaeological dig, to become a Village Gardener, for a plot in our Community Garden or for one of our many education workshops.

Cost: Regular Admission.

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

Sunday, May 1 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Planning and Planting an Herb Garden

Starting an herb garden and feel overwhelmed with all the choices? Want to get the biggest bang for your buck? Have limited space? Only have a windowsill? This workshop is for you! Come join our garden experts as they discuss how to plan and plant an herb garden that suits your needs! Both medicinal and culinary herbs will be discussed. For best results, please bring an idea of the space you have to plant a garden. (Try to notice sunlight and shade (hours and strength) and any other important environmental factors of your space.) You will walk away with a confident plan for planting your garden. Light refreshments will be served.

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

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

Monday, 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.

Contact Susan Brown at roaringcreekfarm@gmail.com or call (603) 632-5878, or Larry Antonuk at lantonuk@ne.rr.com to schedule a time.

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

Tuesday, May 10 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: Great Stone Dwelling Highlight

Meet with a Museum Interpreter who will bring you to the Great Stone Dwelling cupola and get a 360o view of what attracted the Shakers to the place where they settled in Enfield.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Friday, May 13 8:00 – 9:30 pm

Sky Watch

Join a member of the New Hampshire Astronomical Society at 8:00 pm at the Enfield Shaker Museum Stone Mill. Come to learn about astronomy from the experts and share your stellar stories. Bring your own telescopes, binoculars and eyes to see the amazing night sky. Afterwards, enjoy conversation and refreshments in the Stone Mill.

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

An event for all ages!

Call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 for event confirmation in case of cloudy skies between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.

Sunday, May 15 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.

Sunday, May 22 2:00 – 4:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Preparing your Garden

Composting? Mulching? Fertilizing? What do they all mean? What are the best practices for creating a healthy environment for your garden and new plants? If you have questions about these and more, this is the workshop for you! Come join our garden experts as we discuss the ins and outs of getting your space ready for your new plants. We will discuss soil testing, adding nutrients to the soil, best practices and more. Using the Shaker Museum Herb Garden as our classroom we will get out and dig/ sift/ add and prepare a bed for planting. Please wear garden appropriate attire and bring along any tools that you use (not the whole shed please) and be ready to get dirty! This workshop is weather dependent. Storm date will be May 29.

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

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

Monday – Friday, May 23 – June 3 and June 6 – June 17 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Archaeological Field School

Conducted by Plymouth State University and directed by Dr. David Starbuck, Professor of Anthropology at PSU, this four-week field school will be our second professional archaeological excavation at Enfield, and should prove to be another exciting first season.

There will be both a four-week college credit offering through Plymouth State University and two, two-week volunteer offerings open to the public.

Cost: Plymouth State University Students: In-State $462/credit. Non-resident $492/credit.

Volunteers (must be 18 years or older and must register for at least two weeks to participate). Free.

Space is limited, so please register early.

To register, or if you have questions, you may contact Dr. Starbuck directly at dstarbuck@plymouth.edu.

Saturday, June 11 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wood Carving Demonstration

Visit the West Brethren Shop and see how wood carver, Art Anderson (http://www.artandersonfolkart.com), uses his skills and tools to carve “charming wooden toys”.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Tuesday, June 14 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: Mill Pond and Tree Identification

Join Museum Executive Director, Dolores Struckhoff, on a tree identification walk around the Shaker Mill Pond to find out how the Shakers used the many varieties of trees available to them.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Thursday, June 16 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.

Summer Events

Wednesdays, June 29, July 6, 13, 20, 27 and August 3, 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Field Ecology Course for High School Students entering Grades 10 through 12

Under the guidance of retired science teacher, Lisa Torres, students will carefully examine the area ecology through field and laboratory study techniques on and near the grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum. They will also learn about the history of the land use by the Shakers and the interconnection between human activity and the environment in this place-based, outdoor program.
High school students can earn ½ credit through their schools’ Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) programs.

Cost: $300 per student. $270 Museum members. Scholarships available.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346, or email education@shakermuseum.org. Class limited to 12, so please register early.

This program is funded in part by the Wellborn Ecology Fund and the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

Saturday, July 4 11:00 am

Patriotic Sing-along and Pie Sale

Celebrate the 4th of July in the Mary Keane Chapel with Organists George and Donna Butler. Veterans are invited to come in uniform and refreshments will be served. We will also be selling homemade pies. If you are interested in baking a pie, contact the Museum Gift Shop at (603) 632-4346.

Cost: Free. Donations accepted.

Thursday, July 7 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Shaker Herb Garden Talk

Join retired Museum herbalist, Happy Griffiths, as she leads you through the Shaker Museum Herb Garden and highlights the herbs at their best. Feel free to bring specific questions about growing and harvesting herbs.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Tuesday, July 12 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: The Shaker Herb Garden

How does the garden grow? Walk through the garden with retired Museum Herbalist, Happy Griffiths, and find out which herbs the Shakers used for medicinal, culinary and pesticide purposes.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

Monday – Friday, July 18 – 22 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Inspired by the Shakers Children’s Summer Camp

Offered in partnership with AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire. Participants in this one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary camp will explore the architecture, gardens, food, music and dance traditions of the Shakers, and respond to them through their own creativity. Children will be dropped-off at the Enfield Shaker Museum each morning and stay on site through lunch. Afternoons will be spent at AVA Gallery and Art Center (transportation provided) where they will make original art inspired by their morning learning and investigations. Pick-up will be at AVA.

Cost: $325 per child. $305 AVA and Enfield Shaker Museum members. Scholarships available.

To register by July 11, please call AVA Gallery at (603) 448-3117 or go to AVA’s website, www.avagallery.org.

The Enfield Shaker Museum component is funded in part by the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific Wildlife Conservation Foundation and the Hypertherm HOPE Foundation.

Wednesday, July 20 5:30 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Edible Flowers

Learn how to make a beautiful edible flower salad with citrus dressing and use flowers to garnish your summer desserts! This workshop will begin with a short presentation on edible flowers, then we will gather edible flowers from the herb garden, head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and prepare some tasty treats with our harvest. Please bring your favorite pair of garden hand shears and some containers to bring 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 July 19, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, July 23 3:00 – 6:00 pm

Reading the Book of Nature

Join artist and meditation teacher, Julie Püttgen, for an opportunity to read the book of nature as it manifests in the beautiful grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum. We will combine guided walking meditations, simple movement and contemplative drawing from observation for a unique opportunity to slow down, savor being alive and celebrate the gifts all around and within us.

Cost: $45 per person. $35 members. Class size is limited to 12.

To register by July 22, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, July 24 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.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, July 25, 26, 28 and 29 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Field Ecology Program for Junior High School Students entering Grades 7 through 9

This four-day program will be taught by retired science teacher, Lisa Torres. The students will explore the natural world on and near the grounds of the Enfield Shaker Museum where they will engage in hands-on ecology activities and a service learning component. The will learn about the history of the land use by the Shakers, and the interconnection between human activity and the environment in this place-based, outdoor program.

Cost: $160 per student. $144 Museum members. Scholarships available.

To register, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346, or email the Museum at education@shakermuseum.org. Class limited to 12, so please register early.

This program is funded in part by the Wellborn Ecology Fund and the Charles E. and Edna T. Brundage Charitable Scientific Wildlife Conservation Foundation.

Sunday, July 31 11:00 am

Enfield Old Home Day

Celebrate the final day of the Town of Enfield’s Old Home Day at the Museum. The Museum will be open for tours; there will be demonstrating craftsmen, an antique car show, food and beverages, raffles and more.

Cost: Regular admission fee for Museum tour. Members and Enfield residents free.

Thursday, August 4 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.

Saturday August 6 6:00 – 10:00 pm

Taste, Toast, and Tour: Fundraising Benefit

Join us for an evening of pairing of drinks and appetizers while touring through the Museum. The tasting period begins at 6:00 pm and at 7:30 pm we will have an exciting live auction. Watch our Facebook page for items being auctioned off!
 
Cost: $35 per person. $25 members.

To register by August 12, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, August 7 3:00 – 5:30 pm (Meet in the Great Stone Dwelling)

Cooking and Preserving with Fresh Herbs’ Series: Summertime Refreshers

With summer in full swing, temperatures are soaring. What better way to beat the heat than with a refreshing herbal drink or treat? This workshop will explore the Shaker Museum Herb Garden while discussing the history and benefits of using herbs and plants in our diets. After gathering some fresh herbs, we will head back to the kitchen in the Great Stone Dwelling and learn how to make some great summertime treats. 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 6, call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email education@shakermuseum.org.

Tuesday, August 9 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Tuesday Tour: The Ministry House, the Building and the Site

Take a tour in and around the Ministry House to find out where the structure originally stood and what the Shakers used it for. Then test out your knowledge as a Shaker student in the classroom where the Shaker children learned their school lessons.

Cost: Included with Museum admission.

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.

Sunday, 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.

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.

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 email education@shakermuseum.org.

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

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.

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 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 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.