Canterbury Shaker Village Hosts Village Rising August 16: Day-long event celebrates modern impact of Shaker legacy with new exhibit, concert, special tours and activities

Canterbury Shaker Village will host Village Rising on Saturday, August 16, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The day-long event celebrates the modern impact of the Shaker legacy through a new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, a concert of original music by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise, special tours and programs. All activities and the concert are included with regular museum admission.

The new exhibit, Shaker Traditions: Contemporary Translations, will be unveiled during Village Rising. The exhibit showcases the many ways in which visitors have been inspired to translate the Shakers’ commitment to simplicity and mindfulness into their personal expressions. The collection of submitted works, many of which have been paired with historic artifacts from the Village’s collection, is located in the Carriage House and will remain on display through DecCSV_Village Rising_1000x800pxember 2014. A Gallery Walk with Executive Director and exhibit curator, Funi Burdick will take place at 11:00 am.

Commissioned by Canterbury Shaker Village as part of Shaker Traditions, Contemporary Translations, Land of Pure Delight: Shaker Songs and Dances for String Quartet will be performed at 3:00 pm in the historic Meeting House. The original work composed by Kevin Siegfried and performed by Artful Noise takes Shaker musical themes and places them in the context of a contemporary string quartet. A variety of styles are explored, from tuneful hymnody to foot-stomping marches. Concert tickets are included in the price of admission and may be reserved by pre-registering by phone (603-783-9511). On the day of the event, remaining tickets will be available in the Museum Shop on a first come, first serve basis.

Special tours and programs will be offered including, “Relationship with the Land,” a walking tour with Lauren Chase-Rowell at 11:00 am; “Shaker-inspired Recipes,” an audience-style cooking demonstration with Chef Todd Sweet, Executive Chef of University of New Hampshire’s Philbrook Dining Hall at 1:00 pm; and “Translating the Shaker Aesthetic for Contemporary Life,” a walking tour with Peg Donahue, Feng-Shui Design Consultant at 1:00 pm
Families interested in hands-on activities can make Upcycled Bird Feeders and Aromatherapy Art until 3:00 pm.
Other upcoming events at Canterbury Shaker Village include the Let Freedom Ring Tour on August 28; Canterbury Artisan Festival on September 13; Vintage Car Show on October 18; and Ghost Encounters on October 25. Upcoming Shaker-inspired workshops include Chowders on September 7; Shaker Broom Making on September 14; and The ABC’s of Letterpress Printing on September 27. To view the complete 2014 calendar of events and workshops visit


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