2016 Calendar of Events

For workshops and programs requiring pre-registration, please contact the Education Director at (518) 456-7890 x23 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

Psychic Faire with Tri-City Paranormal Society

June 4th, 1-5pm
Cost: $25 per person at the door

Join us for this event new to SHS! Tri-City Paranormal Society will be on-site with three psychics, two card readers, and an aura photographer, as well as information on their past spirit and cryptozoology investigations. This is an open door event and is first come, first served – but there will be plenty to keep you occupied while you wait!

All proceeds will go toward tree removal in the historic Shaker cemetery in an effort to preserve headstones from future damage. Details about this project are available on our blog.

For more information on the National Spiritual Alliance, please visit their website.

National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark Teacher Workshops: “Religious Revivals, Utopian Societies, and the Shaker Experience in America”

June 19th-25th and June 26th-July 2nd

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Landmark Teacher Workshops for K-12 educators return to the Capital Region. These workshops are sponsored by the NEH and are a collaboration between Siena College, Shaker Heritage Society, Hancock Shaker Village, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, and the New York State Museum. These two, week-long workshops will bring educators from all over the US to the Capital Region for an immersive experience in Shaker scholarship. They will learn innovative ways to bring Shaker history in their classrooms. For more information on the program or to apply for a scholarship to attend, please visit neh.gov or Siena College’s website for the workshop.

Shaker Craft Fair and Cruise-In

July 9th and 10th, 10am-4pm
$4 per person or $3 with this ad, SHS members, military, and under 18 admitted 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. Classic cars will be on display. 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.

“Second Coming: The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers):” A Play with Music

July 15th, 16th, 22nd, and 23rd at 7:30pm
July 17th and 24th at 3:30pm
Tickets: $15

“Second Coming: The Character and Ministry of Mother Ann Lee of the United Society of Believers (Commonly Called Shakers),” is a new play-with-music by local playwright Bruce Cornwell. The play tells the story of Ann Lee, who founded the first Shaker community in what is now the town of Colonie, New York. The Shaker religious sect eventually became America’s most important and successful utopian community with settlements established as far west as Kentucky. The musical score consists entirely of hymns and songs written by Shaker believers.

For additional information, please visit www.secondcomingplay.com, email secondcomingplay@gmail.com or call (518) 588-4954.

Shaker Herb Garden Program with Cathie Gifford

July 23rd, 10:30am
$10 per person

The Watervliet Shakers had an extensive industry in producing herbal medicines, teas, vegetable and flower seeds and other products and sold these items throughout the US and internationally. Join gardener and SHS volunteer Cathie Gifford to learn more about the Shaker herb and seed industry, followed by a walk in our heritage herb garden, where you can see and smell over 100 varieties of plants historically grown and used by the Shakers. Pre-registration is required by July 20th.

Heaven on Earth: Behind-the-Scenes Architecture Tour

August 6th, 1pm
$10 per person

The past meets the future in this behind-the-scenes tour into historic Shaker buildings. Discover how Shaker architecture and design evolved throughout history and learn what the Society is doing to preserve these structures. This tour grants access to buildings not normally open to the public. There will be walking over uneven grassy lawns and we will be going up and down stairs into buildings that are not handicap accessible. Please wear appropriate footwear. Pre-registration is required.

Shaker Cemetery Tour

August 10th, 6:30pm (Please note: this is a change in date from the original schedule.)
$10 per person

From 1776 to when the site closed in 1938, hundreds of people came through this site. There are 445 people buried in the historic Shaker cemetery. Explore the stories of some of these fascinating people on this walking tour and learn about Shaker beliefs about death. Please note that this is not a paranormal program. Pre-registration is required.

Shaker Chair Taping Workshop with Elizabeth Lee

August 20th, 1pm
$15 per person, plus the cost of chair tape

Do you have an old wooden chair lying around the house that could use a new seat? Learn how to do it yourself in this workshop led by local artist Elizabeth Lee. Participants will need to bring their own chair with all old chair tape/seat removed. You will also need to bring a foam square the size of your seat (found at most craft stores) and your own chair tape in the colors of your choice; Shaker chair tape is sold in the museum gift shop and can be purchased any time prior to the workshop. (To determine how much chair tape you will need, please click here.) Pre-registration with payment is required by August 15th. Space is limited.

Shaker Craft Fair and Harvest Festival

September 10th and 11th, 10am-4pm
$4 per person or $3 with this ad; SHS members, military, and under 18 admitted 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.

Hudson River Ramble Hike

September 17th

More info to follow.

Utensil Basket Workshop with Sandy Salada

September 24th, 10am-3pm
$40 per person (this cost includes a $15 materials fee)

Weave a beautiful utensil basket in this workshop with local basket maker and instructor Sandy Salada. No prior experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and up. This is a 5-hour workshop. If you do not complete your basket, you may schedule additional class time with Sandy for a fee. Registration with payment is required by September 17th.

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An Evening of Wine and Music

September 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm
$50 per person

Join us for a special fundraising event. Details to follow.

William the Cat’s Birthday Bash!

October 1st, Time TBA

Help us celebrate William the Cat’s birthday! Fun activities for the whole family, including cat-themed crafts, games, and more. And, of course – cake! Check back soon for more details.

Spirit Circle with Tri-City Paranormal Society

October 14th, 7-9pm
Cost $20

The Shakers believed communication with the spirit world was not only possible, but often played an important part in worship. They communicated with mediums, hosted séances, and attended others. Join Tri-City’s team of psychics for a spirit circle. Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

All proceeds will go toward tree removal in the historic Shaker cemetery in an effort to preserve headstones from future damage. Details about this project are available on our blog.

For more information on the National Spiritual Alliance, please visit their website.

Shaker Christmas Craft Fair

October 29th-December 17th, Monday-Saturday, 10am-4pm
Free

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.

Woven Reed Ornament Workshop with Sandy Salada

December 3rd, 10am-1pm
$25 per person (cost includes $10 materials fee)

In this workshop you’ll make two ornaments from three choices offered: woven reindeer from reed or ash, an eight pointed snowflake made in reed, or a puffy heart ornament made in reed. Perfect for your home or as a wonderfully unique, handmade holiday gift! No prior experience is necessary. This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and up. This is a 3-hour workshop. If you’re unable to finish your ornaments, you may schedule additional class time with Sandy for a fee. Registration with payment is required by November 25th. Photos available soon.

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Past Events

Museum Opens for 2016 Season

February 2nd, 9:30am

The Shaker Heritage Society opens for it’s 39th season. Museum hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 9:30-4. For directions and more information, please click here.

Spirit Circle with Tri-City Paranormal Society

February 6th, 7-9pm
Cost $20

Tri-City Paranormal Society returns to SHS with a brand new event! The Shakers believed communication with the spirit world was not only possible, but often played an important part in worship. They communicated with mediums, hosted séances, and attended others. Join Tri-City’s team of psychics for a spirit circle. Pre-registration is REQUIRED.

All proceeds will go toward tree removal in the historic Shaker cemetery in an effort to preserve headstones from future damage. Details about this project are available on our blog.

For more information on the National Spiritual Alliance, please visit their website.

Mother Ann’s 280th Birthday Celebration

February 29th, 5:30-7:30pm (Snow date March 1st)
$20 per person in advance, $25 at the door

Guests of honor Matthew Bender IV and Miriam Trementozzi will be recognized for their inspiring efforts in preserving and promoting Albany history at this celebration of Shaker founder Mother Ann Lee’s birthday. Co-hosted by County Executive Dan McCoy and Mayor Kathy Sheehan. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by Partners for Albany Stories (PASt). Tickets can be purchased online here.

17th Annual History Fair at Historic Cherry Hill
Homegrown History: Albany’s Agricultural and Gardening Past

May 1st, 12-4pm
Free

Join us in celebrating Albany’s rich heritage at this fun annual event at Historic Cherry Hill! This year’s theme, “Homegrown History,” will focus on the area’s agricultural history. From the Albany Shakers’ revolutionary garden seed industry, to changing ideas about class and wealth as urban sprawl encroached on the bucolic estate of one of the city’s earliest renowned families at Cherry Hill, the story of Albany cannot be told without the inclusion of its agricultural heritage. SHS Education Director will give a presentation on the Shakers’ garden seed and herb industries during the program. There are also exhibitors from other area organizations, tours of the beautiful yellow mansion on the hill, and family activities for all ages! Please visit Cherry Hill’s website for more information. This is a designated Partners for Albany Stories (PASt) event.

Bread Basket Workshop with Sandy Salada

This workshop is full.

May 7th, 10am-3pm
$35 per person (cost includes a $10 materials fee)

Create a basket perfect for holding bread or rolls that makes a lovely display piece when not in use. No prior experience necessary. This workshop is suitable for ages 14 and up. This is a 5-hour workshop. If you are unable to finish your basket, you may schedule additional class time with Sandy for a fee. Registration with payment is required by April 29th. Space is limited.

SHS Open House

May 18th, 4:30-6:30pm
Free

Join us for a casual open house evening and find out what SHS is all about! Learn more about our new mission statement and strategic plan. Information about volunteering at the Society or serving on our board will be available. Light refreshments will be served.

Shaker Barn Storming Weekend

Back by popular demand! This series of exclusive behind-the-scenes tours of three Shaker barns is a collaboration between Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon, Hancock Shaker Village, and the Shaker Heritage Society. Attend all three for a unique, one-of-a-kind exploration of Shaker agricultural technology and architecture. Each tour begins at 2pm at the location and date indicated. Reservations must be made at each separate site and prices vary based on location. Space is limited, so be sure to pre-register early!

Mount Lebanon’s Great Stone Barn: May 20th, 2pm, $10 per person (Contact Wyatt Erchak at (518) 794-9100 x220 or programs@shakerml.org to register.)

Shaker Heritage Society’s 1915 Church Family Barn: May 21st, 2pm, $10 per person (Contact Samantha Hall-Saladino at (518) 456-7890 x23 or shakereducator@gmail.com to register.)

Hancock Shaker Village’s Iconic Round Stone Barn: May 22nd, 2pm, free with regular admission ticket – $20 for adults, $8 for youths 13-17, and free for children under 12 (Contact Maribeth Cellana at (413) 443-0188 x100 or mcellana@hancockshakervillage.org to register.)

Jon Mueller: Concert for Solo Acoustic Percussion

May 23rd, 7pm
$10 per person at the door

“You have to bring in this question of energy, where they get their energy from. The energy of the Shakers, as I see it, is what’s extraordinary.” -Jacob Needleman, philosopher

Like Needleman, Jon Mueller is fascinated by the energy of this movement. Mueller previously documented his interest in the Shakers with two recordings, The Whole (Type Recordings, UK, 2010) and Alphabet of Movements (Type Recordings, UK, 2011). His work received accolades from NPR, Rolling Stone, and Pitchfork, who called him, “An audacious ringleader for new music.” Audiences throughout the US, Canada, Europe and Japan have described his live performances as intense, cathartic and meditative.

The Meeting House, where the concert will be held, was built in 1848 for public worship and is part of the first Shaker settlement in the United States. Like all Shaker creations, the room was designed for functionality, making the acoustics of the space ideal for a wide range of sound. In this environment, Mueller’s performance will focus on repetitive patterns that shift subtly, revealing various tones and rhythms that coincide with an energetic ebb and flow. Considering the activity and experiences that have occurred within the Meeting House, the aim of the performance will be to honor that energy, wherever, as Needleman asks, the Shakers got it from.

This concert also celebrates the collaboration between the Shaker Heritage Society and Mueller to produce the forthcoming book/CD Hand Drawn, which will be published by Rhythmplex in 2016. Previously, Mueller has given solo concerts at the Guggenheim Museum, Issue Project Room, New Museum, SXSW, Alverno Presents, Hopscotch Fest, Haggerty Museum of Art and Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. His solo recordings have been released by the renowned avant record labels, Table of the Elements, Taiga Records and Type Recordings. More info about his work can be found at www.rhythmplex.com.

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