We welcome the public to come join us, Friends of the Shakers, on Make a Difference Day – Saturday, October 26th – and experience the peace and happiness that our group has enjoyed for years as we gather together and share time at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. If you’ve ever been curious about just what the Friends of the Shakers do for the Shaker Family, come see for yourself! Lend a hand for an hour or the day. Check in at the rear of the Dwelling House to find out what chores need to be done. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share during our lunch.
Please RSVP to the office at 207-926-4597. All ages and abilities welcome.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, a National Historic Landmark, is one of Maine`s most important and intact cultural landscapes. It is the only place of its kind where farming, forestry, and tourism sustain an active Shaker community. The 1,700 acre property is a key heritage tourism destination in southern Maine and it is included in the National Park Service`s Shaker Historic Trails. The village has 19 historic buildings and structures dating from the 1790′s to the 1930′s, including the only active Shaker meeting house in the country.
The Friends of the Shakers, a non-profit organization made up of friendly people of all ages, from all over the country, and all walks of life, was founded in 1974 to assist the Shaker Community at Sabbathday Lake, New Gloucester, Maine. The Friends of the Shakers contributes to the Community through direct donations, fund-raising for restoration, and maintenance of the historic village buildings, and volunteering at the village on annual spring and fall work days.
The Friends of the Shakers hold two work days at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village; one in October and another in May. Friends gather at the village on a Saturday morning and spend the day working at various assignments suitable for all ages and abilities. Work days bring chores, but fellowship as well. Everyone shares the noon meal, conversation, and laughter.
On fall work day, Friends help ready the village for the upcoming winter months. Raking leaves, stacking wood, mowing the grass, and picking apples are some of the things that get done before winter arrives.
For more information about the Friends of the Shakers please visit http://www.friendsoftheshakers.org/
For more information about Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Museum and Library please visit http://www.shaker.lib.me.us/about.html