Canterbury Shaker Village Opens May 4th

Heifer Parade & Free Opening Day Kicks off 50th Anniversary Year

Canterbury Shaker Village opens for the season on Saturday, May 4 from 10 am to 4 pm. Admission is free to all. For many families, the highlight of the day is the Heifer Parade at 11 am, when young cows from Brookford Farm are brought to their summer pastures on Shaker lands. Children will love the traditional maypole dancing that follows.  Canterbury-based fiddler and caller Dudley Laufman will lead barn dancing for all from 12:30 – 1pm. 

To kick off the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Shaker Village’s incorporation as a museum, a sugar maple will be planted at 1:30 pm.  The young tree replaces an ancient maple in Meetinghouse Lane that was lost to storms and age last year.  Shaker songs and readings will provide inspiration, and children will be invited to help plant and water the young sapling.

Visitors can also enjoy family craft activities, food in the Creamery Café, and shopping in the Museum Store.  In addition, one-hour guided tours will be offered at 11am and 2pm for $10 per person.  This event is sponsored by Havenwood Heritage Heights.

A full schedule of special events, workshops, demonstrations and programs makes this anniversary season at Canterbury Shaker Village a special one.  Summer events include Herb & Garden Day on June 15, presented in partnership with the NH Herbal Network; Traditional Craft Days on June 29 & 30, a celebration of time-honored crafts and skills with a variety of demonstrations and vendors; and Arts Week, July 23 – August 3, which offers contemporary interpretations of art, music, and dance and features five artists in residence.