NEW GLOUCESTER – The United Society of Shakers has announced upcoming programs.

Janet Parrott, American Museum, Bath, England, will speak about “The History and Fashion of Spectacles” at 2 p.m., Saturday, July 9 at the Shaker Library, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. Visual aids will be used.

Parrott has been giving talks about her collection and collecting for 15 years including a talk at Winterthur in this country.

The cost is $5 per person (reservations required). Proceeds will benefit the Shaker Library.

The Portland String Quartet will play a program of classical music at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester.

The performance will be in the 1794 Shaker Meetinghouse. The cost is $10 per person. Concert proceeds benefit the Shaker Library. Reservations are required. Call 926-4597. Sponsors are Curry Printing and Graphics, Cook’s Hardware, Androscoggin Bank, Downeast Energy, LARK Society, the Hartford Agency.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village will present two new workshops.

On July 9 from 9 a.m. to noon, the program is titled Woodworking: Knobs and Hardware. Learn how to turn wooden knobs in the traditional Shaker styles as well as learn to make perfect tenons, hinges, locks, catches and how to attach them. Materials provided. Bring chisel and mallet. The fee is $30.

July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m., Family Farm Days: Culinary Herbs. Help build a new demonstration herb garden at Shaker Village with your whole family. Learn about all the aspects of many culinary herb plants. Open to anyone 10 years old and older. The fee is $10.

Pre-registration is required for both workshops. For more information, call 926-4597. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is on Route 26.

A guided tour of the Shaker fields, woods, Loon’s Point and Aurelia’s Cascade are highlights of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village Nature Walk-history of the Shaker community, seasonal examples of local flora and fauna are included, too.

The date is July 9. Nature Walks are offered twice: 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 4. Fee $5 (adults), $2 (children). Pre-registration is required.

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