NEW GLOUCESTER — Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village will host its annual Harvest Festival from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10. An afternoon of free barn tours, free wagon rides and special activities will be offered.

Freshly picked apples from the historic Shaker orchards will be for sale along with free cider-pressing; bring apples or purchase them at the Shaker Store. There will also be homemade Shaker apple fritters and more.

Chipman’s Farm, neighbors to the Shakers since the 1790s, will have items for sale, and there will be seasonal mums, other late-season “bloomers” and houseplants from Donna’s Greenhouse.

Traditional craft demonstrations will include Shaker-style broom-making by Kent Ruesswick, wool carding, spinning, knitting and weaving by the R&R Spinners, rug hooking by Parris House Wool Works, blacksmithing by Tim Greene, weaving by Marjie Thompson, wood-turning by Peter Asselyn, tin type photography by AgNO3 Labs and woodcarving by the Poland Woodcarvers.

Books will be signed by Don Perkins, author of “Barns of Maine,” and Chris Becksvoort, who wrote “The Shaker Legacy.”

Free wagon rides will be offered throughout the day, and there will be free face painting for kids along with gourd decorating.

The event is rain or shine.

Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is located at 707 Shaker Road. FMI: 207-926-4597, [email protected], www.maineshakers.com, or www.facebook.com/SabbathdayLakeShakerVillage.


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