Summer has finally arrived in upstate New York and the Shaker Heritage Society is buzzing with activity. The ox and Kerry cow that call SHS pastures home during the

warmer months arrived in early May. Thanks to Assemblyman Reilly, the two boys were joined by a third friend, a female Kerry cow. The turkeys, roosters, and chickens are still housed in the coops by the barn. They love to have “conversations” with our visitors – we can hear them crowing and gobbling from the Meeting House!

There is always some work to be done on-site, and we depend on the talents of our volunteers to help us keep the grounds looking beautiful. SHS has a Hands to Work Day scheduled for June 16th. Let us know if you can help out of a couple of hours anytime between 9:30 and 4:00. This is your chance to help us make the Shaker site look more Shaker-like!

The herb garden, lovingly and carefully tended by volunteer Rebecca Langer, is blooming! We had several herb-related programs on the calendar this month. SHS had it’s 2nd Annual Herb Sale at Faddegon’s Nursery on June 2nd. Our volunteers braved the cold rainy weather to help raise awareness – and funds – for the Society. Thank you to our fantastic volunteers and Faddegon’s Nursery for graciously hosting us and donating the proceeds of herb purchases to our educational programming! This past weekend, herbalist Barbara Neznek lead a workshop on Shaker medicinal herbs. Participants made their own herbal product to take home. On June 23rd, we are presenting a program on Shaker tea and tea blending with Courtney Powers, founder and owner of Collar City Teas ( in Troy. There is still time to sign up for this program! Please call (518) 456-7890 x23 or email to register.

Gift Shop and Craft Fair Manager Patti Williams is working tirelessly to prepare for our annual Summer Craft Fair on July 14th and 15th. Our craft fairs are a great way to spend time with your friends and family. Browse the booths of over 70 regional crafters and discover beautiful hand-made items to give as gifts or decorate your home. There will be pony rides both Saturday AND Sunday this year, as well as a family activity tent, guided tours both days, and of course, pie from Mourningkill Bakery in Ballston Spa.

The Society offers guided tours every Saturday at 1pm through September 29th. Our knowledgeable docents lead tours around the site of America’s first Shaker settlement. There is a $5 suggested donation.

Our regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30-4. We hope you will spend some time on the beautiful grounds, visit with our farm animals, and enjoy everything the Shaker Heritage Society has to offer!

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