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2017 Calendar of Events

For workshops and programs requiring pre-registration, please contact the Education Coordinator at (518) 456-7890 x3 or by email at shakereducator@gmail.com to sign up. All programs will take place at the Shaker Heritage Society unless otherwise noted.

Upcoming Programs and Events

The Built America: Workers of the Erie Canal

April 1st, 11:30a-1pm Free Admission, sponsored by the New York State Council on the Arts

They Built America is the third original play in a series highlighting the role of upstate New York in forging the history of America. The play tells the story of a young Irish immigrant named Kelly McPherson, a teenage girl who disguises herself as a boy to work on the Erie Canal. Sourced from more than 35 historical records, the characters in the play are based on real men, women and children—politicians, farmers, merchants and laborers, who came north to build the Erie Canal, the miraculous waterway that transformed America into a great nation, and made New York the Empire State.This program is best suited to ages 8 and up. It is presented by Capital Repertory Theater

Contra Dance Sponsored by Dance Flurry

April 6th, 7:00-9:30pm   $6/$10/$12 (student/member or senior/non-member)

Enjoy an evening of contra dance in the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House! This is the perfect evening of fun and entertainment for both beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No experience necessary. Melanie Axel-Lute is the caller and music will be provided by the Capital District MegaBand, conducted by George Wilson. For more information on the Dance Flurry Organization, please check out their website: danceflurry.org. Purchase tickets for the second contra dance on April 20th and receive a discounted price of $5/$9/$10 each.

Contra Dance Sponsored by Dance Flurry

April 20th, 7:00-9:30pm   $6/$10/$12 (student/member or senior/non-member)

Enjoy an evening of contra dance in the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House! This is the perfect evening of fun and entertainment for both beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No experience necessary. Caller and band to be announced. Click here to learn more about contra dancing. For more information on the Dance Flurry Organization, please check out their website, danceflurry.org.

All God’s Creatures: The Shakers and Their Animals

May 11th, 6:00pm at Eden Café (269 Osborne Rd., Loudonville)

In many respects, the Shakers were ahead of their time, especially when it came to ideas about social welfare and the treatment of animals. They believed all living things should be treated kindly, from pigs to people. Learn about the Shakers and their changing relationship with animals as they became influenced by the modern world through the early 20th century. Dinner will be available at the café beginning at 4:30pm.

Rustic Berry Basket Workshop with Sandy Salada

May 20th, 10:00-3:30 (half hour break for lunch)  $30 per person, plus $20 materials fee

This charming and rustic Berry Basket is made from smoked reed with accents of color and Shaker Tape handles. The rustic color mimics the weathered barn next to the berry patch. With a decorative lattice bottom your basket will easily hold two quarts of your favorite berries. Suitable for ages 14 and up, no prior weaving experience needed. Pre-registration with payment is required. Space is limited! There will be a 30 minute lunch break, so feel free to bring a bagged lunch.

Third Thursday Eveing Program: Heaven on Earth Shaker Architecture Tour

June 15th, 4pm-7pm   Suggested donation $10 per person

Join us for a special  tour during extended evening hours at the Shaker Heritage Society!  Learn about the classic architecture of the Shaker community & tour buildings that are not normally open to the public. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn (museum grounds are open until dusk).

Shaker Craft Fair

July 8th and 9th, 10am-4pm

$4 per person/$3 with this ad; SHS members, active military/veterans, children under 18 free

Enjoy the beautiful upstate NY summer as you explore the booths of dozens of local and regional artisans on the grounds of the Shaker Heritage Society. A Family Activity Tent will offer games and activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy the sounds of live music, explore the bountifully blooming heritage herb garden, and learn about the history of the site with guided tours at 11:30 and 1:30. Fair food and pie will be available for purchase. This event helps to support local businesses and a small non-for-profit. All proceeds from admission go toward to Society’s education and preservation programs.

“Heaven’s Ditch:” An Evening with Jack Kelly

July 19th, 7pm   $5 per person

The Erie Canal was one of the most impressive engineering feats in American history. It connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Midwest, not only economically, but spiritually as well. It has been referred to as a “psychic highway,” providing a means for the exchange of ideas. The suffrage and abolitionist movements were bolstered by this new connection. New religions were founded and an entire population was waiting to be converted. Join author and historian Jack Kelly for a discussion and book signing of his newest book, Heaven’s Ditch: God, Gold, and Murder on the Erie Canal. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Please visit Jack Kelly’s website at heavensditch.com.

Third Thursday Eveing Program Series: Barns and Brooms Tour

July 20th, 4pm-7pm (tour at 6pm)    Suggested donation $10 per person

Join us for special programming during extended evening hours at the Shaker Heritage Society! Hear the fascinating story about how and why the 1915 Shaker barn was built and how it functioned. Participants see the inside of the recently restored manure shed, which is not regularly open to the public. See Shaker broom making equipment in the barn and learn about Brother Theodore Bates, inventor of the flat broom. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn (grounds are open until dusk).

Third Thursday Eveing Program Series: Shaker Innovation Tour

August 17th, 4pm-7pm (tour at 6pm)   Suggested donation $10 per person

Join us for special programming during extended evening hours at the Shaker Heritage Society! Did you know that the Shakers were serial entrepreneurs? Learn about Shaker industries and how they made use of the Erie Canal. Visit the 1856 Drying House and other buildings that were used to produce Shaker products for sale to the outside world. Bring a picnic dinner to enjoy on the lawn (grounds are open until dusk).

Shaker Craft Fair

September 9th and 10th, 10am-4pm

$4 per person/ $3 with this ad; SHS members, active military/veterans, children under 18 free

Celebrate the arrival of autumn at the Shaker Heritage Society! Browse the booths of dozens of local and regional artisans offering unique, handmade pieces, perfect for your home or as a gift for a friend – get a head start on holiday shopping! A Family Activity Tent will offer games and activities for kids of all ages. Enjoy the sounds of live music, explore the bountifully blooming heritage herb garden, and learn about the history of the site with guided tours at 11:30 and 1:30. Fair food and pie will be available for purchase. This event helps to support local businesses and a small non-for-profit. All proceeds from admission go toward to Society’s education and preservation programs.

Shaker Spiritualists: Séances, Mediums, and Spirits at America’s First Shaker Settlement

September 14th, 6:00pm at Eden Café (269 Osborne Rd., Loudonville)

The Shakers believed that communication with the spirit world was not only possible, but a part of life. From their earliest history in Albany through the 19th century, the Shakers were some of America’s earliest spiritualists long before the Fox Sisters became famous for their ghostly tapping in western New York. Explore Shaker beliefs about death, dying, and the afterlife, then discover some of the most recent haunted happenings at the museum. Gary Robusto, founder of Tri-City Paranormal Society, will share some of the evidence his group has captured throughout their many investigations of the historic buildings. Dinner will be available at the café beginning at 4pm.

Lattice Basket Workshop with Sandy Salada

September 16th, 10:00am-2:00pm   $20 per person, plus $20 materials fee

This basket has a square plain weave bottom then weaves diagonally up the sides to a round top.  A fun and easy basket, suitable for ages 14 and up. Pre-registration with payment required. Space is limited!

Colonie-Guilderland Rotary Pet Fair

September 24th, Time TBA

More details to follow! Check back soon or visit the Rotary’s website: cgrotary.org.

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair

October 28th through December 16th, open Monday through Saturday from 10am-4pm

Free admission

Shop local while supporting a small museum this holiday season! The Christmas Craft Fair features local and regional artisans selling popular items like handmade pottery, jewelry, gourmet preserves and chocolate, woven goods, stationary and art prints, photography, children’s toys and clothing, and more! This event helps support local businesses and a small non-profit.

Shaken, Not Stirred: Did the Shakers Drink Alcohol?

November 9th, 6pm at Eden Café (269 Osborne Rd., Loudonville)

The Shakers are one of the most pigeon-holed groups in American history, yet their stories are incredibly rich, varied, and oftentimes surprising. People are shocked to discover that not only did the Shakers drink alcohol throughout their history, but they also made their own. Learn about this unexpected aspect of Shaker history and the ways the Shaker Heritage Society is continuing that tradition through a partnership with Millstone Cellars, a distiller that is pressing hard cider with apples from the historic Shaker apple orchard. Sample some locally made spirits while you discover something new about our community! Dinner will be available at the café beginning at 4pm.

Past Events

“Their Name is Wicks” Book Release Party and Mother Ann Lee Birthday Celebration

March 4th, 2pm-4pm (Snow Date: March 11th)

$5 suggested donation

Help us celebrate the release of Their Name is Wicks, a new book written by Ann Sayers, an independent scholar and SHS volunteer. The story follows the large Wicks family through their joining the Albany Shakers and their subsequent paths after doing so. Ann will give a brief presentation and will be available for a book signing.

“Trouble in Paradise:” The Case of Eunice Chapman and the Shakers

February 9th, 6:00pm at Eden Café (269 Osborne Rd., Loudonville)

Did you know the Shakers found themselves involved in New York State’s first legislative divorce in the early 19th century? When Eunice Chapman’s husband took their children and joined the Shakers, she was left with few options. No one expected her to wage a very public battle for her freedom and custody of her children against her husband and the Shakers who harbored them. Learn about this fascinating and scandalous event that shocked New York State that began right here in Albany. Lauren Hunt, Shaker Heritage Society board member and local lawyer, will be on hand to answer questions about divorce law in New York State.  Participants will be able to send anonymous questions via text for this portion of the program. Dinner will be available at the café beginning at 4:30pm. Learn more about Eden Café on their website, edenasc.com.

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