NEW GLOUCESTER — The Friends of the Shakers invites the public to join its Fall Work Day as part of Make a Difference Day’s national day of community service on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 707 Shaker Road.

The day will be spent helping the Sabbathday Lake Shakers and Shaker Museum prepare for winter.

The Friends of the Shakers hold multiple work days at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village and spend the day volunteering at various assignments suitable for all ages. Work days bring chores, but fellowship as well. Everyone shares the noon meal, conversation and laughter.

On Fall Work Day, members help ready Shaker Village for the upcoming winter months by raking leaves, preparing herbs, prepping the Shakers’ gardens, clearing brush, picking fruit and more.

The Friends of the Shakers, a nonprofit organization made up of volunteers, was founded in 1974 to assist Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. The Friends of the Shakers contribute through direct donations, fundraising for the restoration and maintenance of the historic buildings and volunteering at Shaker Village.

Chores start at 9 a.m. and last until 3 p.m. Volunteers can lend a hand for an hour or the day. Limited space is available for the public, and preregistration is required.

FMI, register: 207-926-4597,

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