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Friends of the Shakers- Friends’ Weekend Registration
Register for Friends’ Weekend This registration is open only to current members of the Friends of the Shakers. Not a current member? Join today -- click here! It’s time to register for Friends’ Weekend held on Saturday, August 12th and Sunday, August 13th. This year’s gathering promises to offer new and interesting opportunities with the Shakers, past and present. Come and learn, come and rekindle friendships. Following the Annual Business Meeting, Brother Arnold will lead a round-table discussion including a lively Q&A session about The Church of Christ, Unto a People in Kentucky & the Adjacent States, Sendeth Greeting, which was written in 1804 as part of the Shakers’ missionary efforts. This short treatise provides an early, fundamental, and modern-day understanding of the Shakers’ theological perspectives; and will build upon last year’s discussion of Life in the Christ Spirit. Participants will be provided copies of both essays in advance of Friends’ Weekend. Responding to the enormous outpouring of public concern in the wake of Sister Frances’ recent passing, Brother Arnold will present Sweet Summer Land: The Shakers’ Viewpoint of Death. He will explain the Shakers’ spiritual and temporal perspectives on end-of-life processes, and he will present histories of the Sabbathday Lake Shakers’ cemeteries, funeral and burial practices, songs, and notable historical accounts from the late 1700s into the present day. This presentation will offer a fascinating and uplifting perspective on what is typically regarded outside of the Church as a somber and sad occasion. Following an ever-popular tour of new acquisitions to the Shaker Museum and Library, Brother Arnold will narrate a photo scrapbook review of Sister Frances’ 79 years as a Shaker with selected readings from her writings and reflections. Saturday’s gathering will conclude in the Meeting House for a rousing sing-a-long of favorite Shaker songs and add some new songs to your repertoire. Please join us for this exclusive opportunity to share in the life and learn about the Shakers from the Shakers. We look forward to seeing you at Friends’ Weekend. Registration fee is $40 per person and includes two buffet-style meals in Shaker-style fellowship under the big tent. This registration is open only to current members of the Friends of the Shakers. Not a current member? Join today -- click here! Call (207) 926-4597 with any questions.
The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World
The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World Edited by Michael K. Komanecky, Contribution by Stephen J. Stein, Jerry V. Grant, Michael S. Graham and Brother Arnold Hadd An important book on Shaker art and life, offering a fresh look at a style that has endured through centuries and continues to inspire designers and homeowners. This book presents the elegantly austere and simply styled objects of the Shakers in the context of their faith and community at Mount Lebanon, N.Y., the spiritual and administrative center of the Shaker world. Outstanding examples of furniture, textiles, tools, and other objects-drawn primarily from the collection of Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon-bring the fascinating world of the Shakers to life. The book also explores the equally compelling material culture of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine, the last active Shaker community, and how this group of Shakers continued to thrive while other Shaker communities elsewhere gradually disappeared. Accompanying a major exhibition organized by the Farnsworth Art Museum, this book presents a new and authentic perspective on the Shaker community. Specially commissioned photography, archival imagery, essays by prominent scholars, and a firsthand interview with a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker community deepen our understanding of this influential movement and style. About the Authors: Michael K. Komanecky is chief curator at the Farnsworth Art Museum, in Rockland, Maine. Stephen J. Stein is a historian of American religion at the University of Indiana. Jerry V. Grant is the director of research and library services at the Shaker Museum. Michael S. Graham is the director of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village. Brother Arnold Hadd is a member of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Community. Reviews "The fascinating story of the Shakers, and of their extraordinary furniture, is now told in The Shakers: From Mount Lebanon to the World. This book expands our knowledge by documenting other types of practical furniture, tools and even Shaker clothing...this beautiful and enthralling book opens a window onto the world of the Shakers..." -Wall Street Journal "...this enlightening, visually arresting...uplifting exhibition highlights American ingenuity, resilience and fearlessness; its can-do spirit and individualism. The show is a rich overview of the Shaker community; but it celebrates individual artists, expressing themselves through a plain-spoken poetry that is uniquely American." -Review of Exhibition by the Wall Street Journal "With simple objects, simple words, Farnsworth tells complex Shaker story...it is a great exhibition. It is beautifully installed and fascinating. The objects are important and compelling. The language behind the installation is the level-headed and eminently commonsensical voice of the Believers." -Review of Exhibition by the Portland Press Herald "...the show will present a comprehensive look at the religious, social and economic foundations of Shaker life, seen through Shaker-made objects…accompanied by a richly illustrated book…” –The Republican Journal Hardcover, 256 pages, full color, 9.5" x 11". Skira Rizzoli; First Edition edition (July 1, 2014)