Shaker Village plans Fall Harvest Festival

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NEW GLOUCESTER — Shaker Village Fall will hold its end-of-season Fall Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11.

Freshly-picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be offered for sale along with free cider-pressing (bring your own apples or purchase them at the Shaker Store), homemade Shaker apple fritters and much more.

Pumpkins, squash, potatoes, onions, carrots, late-season sweet corn, tomatoes, pickled beets, apple butter and pumpkin butter will be offered by Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s. Seasonal mums, other late-season “bloomers” and houseplants will be available from Donna’s Greenhouse.

Free, traditional craft demonstrations include wool carding, spinning, knitting, weaving and embroidering by the R&R Spinners, Marji Thompson and the Embroiderers Guild of Maine.

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Free wagon rides with a vintage 1957 Farmall tractor will be offered throughout the day. There will be free face painting for kids along with free gourd decorating.

Rain or shine, all activities will be in the Shakers’ historic 1830 barns.

At 8 a.m., Carol Beyna will lead a two-hour bird watching trip around the Shaker bog, a diverse wetland and home to varied species. Pre-registration is required. The cost for adults is $5, children $2.

Shaker Village’s naturalist Carolyn Fensore will lead “Nature’s Outdoor Classroom,” a 2 1/2-hour trek starting at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. through the Shakers’ property in which the mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored, from plants, animals and geology to Shaker land use and history. Adults $8, children $2.

Shaker Village herbalist Betsy-Ann Golon will conduct a workshop, “Herbal Christmas: Gifts from the Shaker Garden.” The cost is $40; pre-registration required.

Shaker Museum tours will be offered throughout the day, $10 adults, $2 children. Visit historic Shaker buildings with original furniture and crafts.

Shaker Village is on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road). For more information, call 207-926-4597, email usshakers@aol.com or visit on Facebook: Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village.

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