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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.

Tuesday, May 26 – Friday, June 5 and Monday, June 8 – Friday, June 19 9:00 am to 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 the first professional archaeological excavation at Enfield, and should prove to be an 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 $472/credit; Non-resident $551/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.

Summer Events

Saturday, June 6, 2015 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Saving the Sash Window Workshop

Join the N.H. Preservation Alliance at the Enfield Shaker Museum for a hands-on workshop presented by Jade Mortimer, Heartwood Window Restoration. Jade is currently involved in the complete restoration of over 150 windows in the Museum’s Great Stone Dwelling. She will share her techniques of wooden window restoration.

Participants can bring their own sash (or use one provided) and will be guided through the necessary steps of a complete wooden window restoration. Topics to be covered will include: lead safety practices, paint removal, glazing, sash rope replacement, weather stripping and storm window options.

A behind the scenes tour of the Great Stone Dwelling’s current window restoration project will be included in the program. All materials and lunch will be provided.

Cost: Preservation Alliance and Enfield Shaker Museum Members $60; Non-members $70.

For more information or to register: Contact: Beverly Thomas (603)224-2281 or www.nhpreservation.org.

Monday, June 15 – Saturday, July 11, 2015

Center for Advanced Musical Studies

Music is in the air as students and faculty from the Center for Advanced Musical Studies enjoy a month long seminar on site. They will perform four free concerts in the Mary Keane Chapel. Watch for concert dates and times or call us after June 13 at (603) 632-4346.

Cost: Free

Saturday, July 4, 2015 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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 1:00 pm

Take a Tour Tuesday: Behind the Scenes Tour of the Museum’s Recently Acquired 1854 Cow Barn

Our curator, Michael O’Connor will lead a tour of the barn where he will discuss the evolution of the Shaker’s dairy barns and their role in their progressive agricultural practices.

Cost: Regular admission. Members free, donations accepted.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 1:00 pm

Take a Tour Tuesday: Behind the Scenes Tour to the North Village

Explore areas normally not available to visitors and learn firsthand about where the Shakers lived and worked in the North Village.

Cost: Regular admission. Members free, donations accepted.

Monday, July 20 - 24 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Art Explorations at the Enfield Shaker Museum

Participants in this partnership program with AVA Gallery and Art Center of Lebanon, NH will explore the architecture, gardens, music, and dance traditions of the Shakers. You will be dropped off at the Museum each morning and will work through lunch. Afternoons will be spent back at AVA (transportation provided) where the mornings' experiences will be turned into visual art.

Cost: $305 members, $350 non-members (scholarships available)

Register at AVA (603) 448-3117 or at www.avagallery.org

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 6:00 – 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.

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

To register by July 19: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Sunday, July 26, 2015 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Enfield Old Home Day at the Shaker Museum

The final day of this annual weekend long community and family event ends at the Enfield Shaker Museum. Join us for outside activities including traditional craft fair with demonstrations, a classic car show, food, and tours of the Museum.

Cost: Outside activities free. Museum tour regular admission (Members and Enfield residents free).

Sunday, August 16, 2015 3:00 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 19, 2015 6:00 – 8:00 pm (Meet in the Museum’s Herb Garden)

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.

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

To register by August 17: call the Museum at (603) 632-4346 or email gardencoordinator@shakermuseum.org.

Saturday, August 22, 2015  6:00 pm

Dragonfly Ball Fundraiser

Join us for an evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing, and exciting auction and raffle prizes. Featuring a delicious seated dinner catered by ? and music by Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Band. Proceeds benefit the Enfield Shaker Museum.

Cost: $65 per person. $55 members.

To purchase tickets, contact us at (603) 632-4346 or email events@shakermuseum.org. Overnight rooms available throughout the weekend.

Saturday, August 29 – October 12, 2015 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Exhibit: In the Shadow of the Shakers

Watch for more details on this new photographic exhibit.

Cost: Regular admission. Members free, donations accepted.

Fall Events

Sunday, September 20, 2015 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, 2015 11:00 am to 4:00 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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, 2015 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.

Good 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.