Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog
Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog
Bird Watching at the Shaker Bog. Trained naturalist and birdwatcher Carol Beyna will lead groups to the fascinating habitats of the Shaker Bog. The bog was originally built by the Shakers in 1816 as a reservoir to power their mills, but today, this 150-acre wetland has become a diverse ecosystem; the feeding ground of moose, the home of beaver, mink, fischer, fox and an occasional black bear. The combination of woodland and wetland provides an ideal habitat for a wide variety of songbirds, game fowl, woodpeckers and more. Learn to beckon chickadees, nuthatches and other small birds. Possible sighting also include pileated woodpeckers, loons, ducks, Canada geese, and hawks. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 2-hour, moderate trail walk in the woods. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Tour size limited to 12. Saturday, May 27, 2017 from 8am-10am Free but pre-registration is required.  
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Protected: Shaker-Style Bench: Private Workshop
Protected: Shaker-Style Bench: Private Workshop
Saturday, June 3, 2017, 9am–4pm Shaker Elder Frederick Evans said ‘that which possesses the greatest utility, has the greatest beauty.’ This simple, 14” tall, pine bench with half-moon cutout legs, inspired from an original Shaker design, promises to be as functional as it is beautiful. Internationally renowned, local Master cabinetmaker Chris Becksvoort will teach the techniques required for the interlocking dovetailed braces and wedged mortise-and-tenon joints on this bench. Each participant will complete construction of their own bench, awaiting the finish of their choice. Please bring a square, knife, marking gauge, dovetail saw, chisels and a mallet. *This is a private workshop for the Woodworker's Guild of RI and Chandler House B&B. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Eco-Printing Shaker Village
Eco Printing Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9am–4pm Since the 1790s, the Shakers have been inspired by many elements of the natural world. Record your visit to the Shaker Village by printing our plants on fabric! Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you the art and craft of Eco-printing; a process where plant materials are placed on specially treated fabric and then steamed to release the pigments in the plants, leaving realistic prints of the plants on the fabric. Participants will learn about which plants print reliably and will have a chance to experiment with other plants and to gather their own plants on the grounds of Shaker Village. Students will take home eight printed pieces of fabric, including one silk scarf. All materials will be supplied. Class size: 15 Consider also taking the Embroidered Eco-Print workshop in September to further enhance your finished scarf! Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Beginner's Knitting Workshop at Shaker Village
Knitting for Beginners Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 2017, 10am–2pm Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach the basic skills of knitting. You will become familiar with knitting terms, reading a pattern, checking a gauge, increasing, decreasing, and exploring different textile patterns achieved with knitting and purling. You will use Shaker wool yarn to create a pouch with a button closure. Betsey will enthusiastically teach you about keeping traditional arts alive - learn a new skill and make some new friends! All materials will be supplied including bamboo knitting needles and Shaker yarn. Class size: 8 Consider following up later in the season by taking the Intermediate Knitting workshop! Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Rug Hooking Workshop: Woolly Sheep Pillow by Parris House Wool Works at Shaker Village
Rug Hooking Workshop: Woolly Sheep
2-Day Workshop: Saturday, June 10 & Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9am–4pm each day Sister Eliza Jeffers (1868-1955) produced a number of hooked rugs at the Alfred and Sabbathday Lake Shaker Villages. Join Beth Miller of Parris House Wool Works for two Saturdays of learning this heritage North American craft. Participants will hook an 8" x 8" design inspired by the Shakers' sheep! This can then be finished as a table mat or wall hanging, or a scented buckwheat or stuffed pillow - your choice! All materials are included (including Shaker wool and curly local wool fiber) and hooking frames will be available to borrow for the duration of the class or to purchase at the end. Please bring a small pair of scissors - embroidery scissors are perfect. Workshop is suited for beginner and intermediate levels.  Class size: 10. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Gel Printing Workshop at Shaker Village
Gel Printing: Print the Herb Garden Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 9am–12pm Since the 1790s, the Shakers have been inspired by many elements of the natural world. Gelatin print making is a form of monotype printing. Instructor and artist Bonnie Faulkner, owner of Heron Point Gallery in Portland, will teach you how to create beautiful prints without a press using botanicals from the Shaker Herb Garden. It’s simple, versatile and addictive. This workshop is well suited for professional or novice printmakers, craft enthusiasts or anyone with a desire to try it! The basic materials are non-toxic, and cleans up with water. All materials will be provided along with a recipe for making your own gel plate at home. If you take the afternoon bookbinding workshop, you can use some of your gel prints to make your own books!   Class size: 10 Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Herbal Kitchen Basics Workshop at Shaker Village
Herbal Pantry – Afternoon
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1pm - 3pm The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years. Create your own herbal pantry! Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will learn how to make wonderful seasonings from fresh and dried herbs. Master gardener Betsey Golon will  teach you how to make and take home herbal salt, herbal pepper, herbal infused oil, herbal infused vinegar, herbal mustard, herbal sugar, and a custom no-salt herb blend. There is a morning session and afternoon session; this listing is for the afternoon session. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Herbal Kitchen Basics Workshop at Shaker Village
Herbal Pantry – Morning
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am - 12pm The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years. Create your own herbal pantry! Using herbs grown in the Shakers’ historic gardens, participants will learn how to make wonderful seasonings from fresh and dried herbs. Master gardener Betsey Golon will  teach you how to make and take home herbal salt, herbal pepper, herbal infused oil, herbal infused vinegar, herbal mustard, herbal sugar, and a custom no-salt herb blend. There is a morning session and afternoon session; this listing is for the morning session. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Penny Rug in the Shaker Spirit Workshop at Shaker Village
Penny Rugs in the Shaker Spirit Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 10am–4pm Learn to make penny rugs with wool on wool applique with traditional rug maker Rose Ann Hunter. In the early 1800’s thrifty women would recycle and repurpose worn textiles into folk art designs to create bed coverings, table mats and mantle pieces for colorful adornments. Most designs were made of layers of circles of wool traced from coins, hence the "penny rug." Other pieces used images of fruits, flowers, houses, and animals to create a pictorial scene. Simple stitches will be used such as the blanket stitch plus a few other decorative stitches. Other historic techniques such as shirred wools will be added to make each piece unique. Several samples will be shown and you choose your own design. After completing your piece, you will have the skills to go on to creating others for family and friends. A complete kit will be supplied, just bring along a pair of scissors to cut your wool. Age 12 and up, all levels welcome. Class size: 10.
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Simple Bookbinding Workshop
Simple Bookbinding Workshop
Saturday, June 24, 2017, 1pm–4pm In the early 19th century, the Shakers produced many of their own books using simple bookbinding techniques. Artist and instructor Bonnie Faulkner, owner of Heron Point Gallery in Portland, will teach the art of handmade books. In this workshop you will be making three books, each with a different binding. These are simple and can be adapted to your own individual style. Using a variety of fancy papers, waxed linen and cotton cord, book boards and basic bookbinding tools, you’ll stitch, glue and fold to create these blank books to use as a journal or sketchbook or give as gifts. If you took the morning gel printing class, you will have some gorgeous paper to use for covers!  All materials are provided. Class size: 10 Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Nature's Outdoor Classroom: Shaker Village
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom
Nature’s Outdoor Classroom: Hike Shaker Village. The mysteries of the Maine woods will be explored and revealed during this approximately 2-hour guided hike through the Shakers’ land. Learn about the indigenous species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, plants, trees, and fungi that occupy the many, diverse habitats of Shaker Village. See evidence of glacial and geological forces that formed the land and watershed, including Sabbathday Lake from Loon’s Point and the hidden treasure of Aurelia’s Cascade. The hike through hayfields, forest land, and century-old logging trails will include insights to the Shakers’ 200 years of land use and management. This program is designed for families, young and old, and promises a fun and memorable experience in the Maine woods. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear for a 3-mile, moderate walk. Bug repellent and sunscreen recommended. Bring your camera, binoculars and bottled water. Scheduled dates for Nature’s Outdoor Classroom are: Saturday June 10, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday July 22, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday August 19, 2017: 10:30 am & 2pm Saturday September 16, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Saturday October 7, 2017: 10:30am & 2pm Free: Registration encouraged, but not required. We have a limit of 12 hikers per outing.
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Herbal Wreath Workshop at Shaker Village
Herbal Wreath Workshop – Afternoon
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 1pm - 3pm The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years. Master gardener Betsey Golon will lead participants in creating a wreath from fresh and dried herbs and flowers harvested from the Shakers’ historic gardens, under cultivation since 1783. Create a treasured heirloom that will retain their marvelous fragrance for years to come. Participants will learn how to develop a design using color, texture and balance. There is a morning session and afternoon session; this listing is for the afternoon session. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Herbal Wreath Workshop at Shaker Village
Herbal Wreath Workshop – Morning
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 10am - 12pm The Shakers marketed herbal products as early as 1799, launching an herb business that has endured for over 200 years. Master gardener Betsey Golon will lead participants in creating a wreath from fresh and dried herbs and flowers harvested from the Shakers’ historic gardens, under cultivation since 1783. Create a treasured heirloom that will retain their marvelous fragrance for years to come. Participants will learn how to develop a design using color, texture and balance. There is a morning session and afternoon session; this listing is for the morning session. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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House Basket Making Workshop at Shaker Village
House Basket Workshop
Saturday, July 22, 2017, 9am–4pm For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. This colorful, simple basket with wrapped handle adds beauty to every room! Color may vary from photo. Finished basket is 10" x 11" at base, 7" tall plus handle. Participants have a choice of a plain handle or, if time and energy allows, you can learn to weave the wrapped handle. All materials, tools, and supplies are included in fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Needle Felted Sheep
Needle Felting Workshop: Sheep
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 1pm–4pm (please note, this date has changed from the originally published workshop date) Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will lead you in creating a wool sheep figure. The process will include making wire frame work, carding, and wrapping wool, and how to use felting needles to create your own sheep sculpture. Felting needles have tiny barbs on the shaft so that as you poke the wool it meshes the fibers together and holds the shape. It's easy and fun! All materials will be supplied. Class size: 10 Consider taking the morning Wet Felting workshop, too, and making a full day of felting fun! This series of workshops will explore the different techniques of felting wool with needle felting and wet felting. Felt is a textile produced by matting, condensing, and pressing wool fibers together. Learn one or both! Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Wet Felting Wool Workshop at Shaker Village
Wet Felting Workshop
Saturday, August 5, 2017, 9am–12pm (please note, this date has changed from the originally published workshop date) Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach this wet felting workshop. You will learn different techniques of using water, soap, and agitation with different resources to create the binding affect. You will learn to use a felting stone, nylon, and bubblewrap to create dryer balls, wool beads to string into a garland, and acorn earrings. You will also wet felt a wool fabric that could be used to create a felted vessel or scarf.  The possibilities are endless! All materials will be supplied. Class size: 10 Consider taking the afternoon Needle Felting workshop, too, and making a full day of felting fun! This series of workshops will explore the different techniques of felting wool with needle felting and wet felting. Felt is a textile produced by matting, condensing, and pressing wool fibers together. Learn one or both! Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Candlewicking Workshop at Shaker Village
Candlewicking: Embroidered Sachets Workshop
Saturday, August 19th, 9am-2pm Needlework was an important part of daily life at Shaker Village. The Sisters used their needlework talents for the production of handmade goods and taught the young girls the art at a very young age. Candlewicking is an early form of needlework and was done at a time when fancy threads were a luxury. Join local quilter and needleworker Dianne Devonshire and choose from six patterns to make a sachet that will be filled with your choice of Shaker Lavender or Shaker Potpourri. Traditionally, candlewicking is done with white thread on a white fabric but there will be a choice of color thread if you'd like to experiment. This is a great technique to learn for embellishing baby blankets and other gifts! All materials for the sachet are included. Please bring a 7 or 8 inch embroidery hoop (there will be a number available on-site if you are unable to obtain one) and a small pair of scissors. No prior experience necessary. Class size: 6. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Shaker-Style Carrier Workshop with Chris Becksvoort at Shaker Village
Shaker-Style Carrier Workshop
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9am–4pm From large cupboards to small boxes, the Shakers are known for their sense of design, attention to detail, and orderliness. Join internationally-known, master cabinetmaker Chris Becksvoort for this Shaker classic. Based on the original piece made by the Mount Lebanon Shakers around the year 1840, attendees will build a white pine Shaker carrier with center handle, four dovetailed corners and a quarter sawn bottom. This is a very useful carrier for tableware, mail and bills, or to organize small items around the house and shop. Knowledge of making a dovetail is required for this workshop. Materials will be provided. Please bring: pencil, ruler, marking gauge, knife, dovetail marker or T-bevel, square, 1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2” & 3/4” chisel, mallet, dovetail saw and spokeshave. Class size: 8 Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Space Dyed Market Basket Making Workshop at Shaker Village
Space-Dyed Market Basket Workshop
Saturday, August 19, 2017, 9am–4pm The Shakers are renowned for their basket-making practices, having produced hundreds of utility baskets throughout the 1800s. Join artist and basketmaker Carolyn Kemp for this exciting contemporary twist on a classic basket design. Participants will complete a traditional plain weave market basket from space dyed reed that has beautiful subtle transitions of hand-dyed color. Your choice of Rainbow jewel tone reeds with oak handle for $85 OR Shades of Blue reeds with oak handle for $75. (price difference is due to material preparation) All materials will be custom-created for this class and provided to participants.   No prior experience necessary. Class size: 9. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Dogwood Flower Woodcarving Workshop at Shaker Village
Woodcarving Workshop: Dogwood Flower Pin
Saturday, August 19th, 9am-4pm Join local, award-winning, master-carver Norm Devonshire for the basics of carving, including proper use of the knife, types of cuts, methods and techniques, and sharpening. All participants will complete their own finished carving of a beautiful dogwood flower and learn the legend of the dogwood tree. Leave with the skill set to begin a new hobby of woodcarving.  If time allows, you may also be able to paint your flower. No prior experience necessary. Ages 14 and up. Carving knives will be furnished for use, and for sale at additional cost. Class size: 6. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Explore Digital Photography Workshop
Explore Digital Photography Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 1pm–4pm Sabbathday Lake’s Brother Delmer Wilson (1873-1961) launched his photography hobby in 1898 with glass plate negatives and using all types film through his life, including color Polaroid! Join New Gloucester photographer Vicki Lund in this workshop designed to familiarize participants with how to create a great shot using the features of your digital cameras. Vicki will teach camera operation/functions, use of natural light, composition, raw vs jpeg file formats, & white balance. After a brief class time, you will explore the grounds of Shaker Village, photographing along the way, returning to the class for critique. Please bring your camera manual, SD card, fresh batteries, and a tripod if you have one. Class size: 12. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Intermediate Knitting: Christmas Stocking Workshop at Shaker Village
Intermediate Knitting: Christmas Stocking Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10am–3pm Fiber artist, New Gloucester resident, sheep farmer, and friend of Shaker Village, Betsey Leslie will teach you how to knit a mini stocking. This workshop is for knitters that already know the basics of knitting and purling (or have taken the Beginner's Knitting workshop). Students will complete a miniature Christmas stocking and take home a pattern for a larger stocking. Learn to knit with multi-colors, use a bobbin, graph a pattern, and turn a heel. There is something magical about creating and executing your own design! Start a fun family tradition by creating unique Christmas stockings using Shaker wool yarns. Betsey will enthusiastically teach you about keeping traditional arts alive - learn a new skill and make some new friends! All materials will be supplied including bamboo knitting needles and Shaker wool yarn. Class size: 8 Consider following up later in the season by taking the Intermediate Knitting workshop! (link coming soon) Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Natural Dyes for Wool Workshop
Natural Dyes for Wool Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 10am–3pm One of the earliest industries of the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Sisters was textile production. The Sisters produced large numbers of wool blankets and other textiles with bold stripes and twill patterns created from natural dyes. Marty Elkin of A Wrinkle in Thyme Farm will take you through a full day of learning to dye with plants from her dyers’ garden as well as from plants you will gather from the Shakers’ gardens. Plants may include marigolds, onion skins, goldenrod, madder root, and indigo. You will leave with sample skeins of each color. Bring or purchase a 2-3 ounce skein of wool yarn to be dyed to take home for yourself or for a gift. Class size: 8. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Embroidered Eco Prints Workshop
Embroidered Eco Prints Workshop
Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9am–4pm Every Shaker girl was taught a variety of types of hand stitching, skills which they mastered by the time they were young adults. Local instructor and fiber artist Mary DeLano will teach you how to use five or six simple embroidery stitches to accent an eco print, turning it into a lovely souvenir of the Shaker Village’s plants. Images of plants from the Village’s fields and gardens will be captured on fabric through a process known as eco printing. Students will select from eco prints made by the teacher with plants from the Village, including maple, rose, and black walnut, or take the earlier workshop to make your own Eco-Print to embroider! Students will have the opportunity to stitch with a variety of threads, including silk, wool and cotton. All materials will be supplied. Class size: 8 Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Season's End Basketmaking Workshop at Shaker Vilalge
Season’s End Basket Workshop
Saturday, October 7, 2017, 9am–4pm (Same day as our Harvest Festival-- when you take a break from the class, enjoy all the festivities!) For more than 150 years, the Shakers produced a wide variety of distinctive utility baskets for home use and exquisitely fine fancy baskets for sale to the world. Instructor Pat Libby is a skilled basketmaker and well-versed in Shaker history. Each participant will weave their own basket using natural reed. Create this beautiful patterned basket for your fall farmer's market visits! Pat will have color choices available at the workshop. Finished basket measures 8'' x 15'' base, 8'' high to top of basket and 14'' to top of the handle. All materials, tools, and supplies are included in the fee. Super for beginners and beyond. Class size: 10. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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Hard Apple Cider Workshop at Shaker Village with Norumbega Cidery
Hard Cider Brewing Workshop
Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9am–4pm Making Your Own Hard Cider: Practice and Principles with Norumbega Cidery at Shaker Village Noah Fralich of Norumbega Cidery of New Gloucester will teach the basics of fruit selection, processing, equipment, microbiology, and the general craft of making hard cider. We will go through the entire process from fruit on the tree to juice in the glass that you will take home to tend, taste, and bottle come winter and spring!  The class will visit the Shakers' apple orchard and apples for your hard cider will be supplied by the Shakers (Honey Crisps, Cortlands, and Macs). Spice it up with some Shaker herbs, if you're feeling adventurous!  You are also welcome to bring your own apples if you want to brew from your own fruit. All materials, tools, and supplies are included and you will go home with a 1-gallon glass carboy filled with your brew, an airlock, and a hydrometer to keep so that you can continue home brewing! Noah is the owner and brewer of Norumbega Cidery, a hard cider company located in New Gloucester, Maine. He has been making hard cider both personally and commercially since completing his degree in Sustainable Economics/Agriculture. Perfect for those already homebrewing or those looking to start - All levels are welcome! Must be 21 years of age or over. Class size: 20. Did you know that current members of The Friends of the Shakers receive $5 off each workshop? Sign up or renew today for your discount!
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