Open Farm Day: Shaker Village
Sunday, July 23, 2017, 12 noon until 4pm FREE
More than 150 farms throughout the State of Maine join in this one day celebration of agriculture and farming. Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is among the oldest farms in Maine still operated under the same management, since 1783. See Scottish highland cattle, a flock of more than 40 sheep, bees, barn cats, apple orchards, herb and vegetable gardens.
Featured activities of the day include guided tours of the 1830 barns by Brother Arnold Hadd, tractor-drawn wagon rides, honey bee display and hives, tours of the Shakers’ historic herb gardens, and traditional craft demonstrations: woodcarving, blacksmithing, yarn spinning, chair seat weaving, “Lamb to Loom” demonstration, rug hooking, dovetail demonstration by Chris Becksvoort, tin-type photography demonstration. Bake sale and plant sale. Barbeque lunch plates.
Shaker Store and Shaker Museum Visitors’ Center are open. Book signings Mary Doyle -Unique Maine Farms, and Don Perkins- Barns of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see parts of Shaker Village that are not regularly open to the public! Bring your cameras!