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We had a wonderful book discussion and signing on Wednesday July 19 with author Jack Kelly! A special thank you to Paul Grondahl, Executive Director of the New York State Writers Institute (co-sponsors of the event), for introducing Jack Kelly and providing detailed context for the evening's talk about the Erie Canal.

Jack Kelly focused on topics of particular relevance to the Shaker Heritage Society, such as the role of the Erie Canal in the revival of religious and spiritual communities across New York State in the 19th century. Audience members asked many interesting questions, and there was even speculation about whether the nearly 53 foot long Meeting House beams may have been shipped along the canal!
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Enjoy an evening of Contra Dance in the historic 1848 Shaker Meeting House for both beginners and seasoned dancers alike. No experience necessary. $6/$10/$12 (student / member or senior / non-member) ... See MoreSee Less

Contra Dance Sponsored by the Dance Flurry

September 19, 2017, 6:00pm - September 19, 2017, 7:30pm

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Craft Fairs Albany, NY

2017 Shaker Heritage Society Craft Fairs

July 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 Shaker history and architecture 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.

Fall Harvest 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 Shaker history and architecture 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 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.

Prospective Vendors:

Through our Craft Fairs, we try to promote and support local artisans who design and craft their own products. If you are a buy/sell vendor, wholesaler, trade booth, manufacturer, dealer, or sales representative, we thank you for your interest, but we are not accepting these types of vendors at this time.

If you would like to become a vendor, please send the following:

  • A short biography or artist-statement
  • Three – five images, including at least one of your products, one of your booth set up, and one of you creating your product in your workspace.  (Please include name, address, phone number, and email address on the back of each image.  Do not email images to us.   Images will not be returned.)
  • A photocopy of your current New York State Tax Certificate of Authority
  • Two first class postage stamps

Please mail your materials to:
Shaker Heritage Society
Attn: Kelly Ballard, Special Events Coordinator
25 Meeting House Road
Albany, NY  12211

If approved, you will be added to our mailing list for the July and September Craft Fairs.  Currently, we have a waiting list for our Christmas Craft Fair.  Applications are accepted and approved based on category limits and space availability.

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