Canterbury Shaker Village’s serene beauty shines through in November. If you haven’t yet come to visit, there’s still time. The village is open weekends through November 24th and then re-opens for holiday events. Through November 24, guided tours are offered Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm, and the Café is open from 11-2. The museum store is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm through November 29, the day after Thanksgiving. Then join the fun at Christmas at Canterbury on Dec. 7 and 14. Or consider reserving a spot of one of our special candlelight tours offered on December 6, 8, 13, and 15.
Learn to make an oval box, craft folk art doll ornaments, or make your own body care products in one of our popular workshops. Bring a friend and make some memories. Details and registration at shakers.org.
To celebrate the recent restoration of the Dwelling House chapel’s Hook & Hastings pipe organ, the Village’s concert series welcomes R.P. Hale on Sunday, November 24 at2 pm. Organist and harpsichordist R.P. Hale will focus on the Mexican Baroque, one of his passions, and also present early Shaker hymns, New England shape-note hymns, and early Anglican hymns. His concert will include a virginal-harpsichord and double-bass hammer-dulcimer, both of his own construction. Admission is $15 for the concert, or combine it with a tour and general admission to the Village for $25. Members of the Village pay just $10 for the concert. Purchase tickets on line at Shakers.org or at the museum store. The concert will be followed by an informal reception in the Creamery.
Looking for a distinctive shopping experience for the holidays this year? The museum store is stocked with a unique assortment of crafts and gifts including hand-made Shaker-style oval boxes in many sizes, and Shaker peg rails to store everything from brooms to necklaces to winter gear. And speaking of brooms, our own artisans craft Shaker-style flat brooms that make great gifts. Everyone could use a new broom to sweep clean in the New Year! Check out the popular assortment of brass sleigh bells, candles, soup mixes, cards, and hand-woven textiles. The museum store is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10-4 through Sunday, December 15.
Our spectacular 30% off members’ sale takes place in the Museum Store on Black Friday. November 29 from 10-1. That day members can enjoy a complimentary Café Brunch and their guests pay only $7 to join in the fun.
Mark your calendars now for our famous Christmas at Canterbury event on December 7 and 14 from 3 – 8 pm. Christmas at Canterbury is a chance to experience the delights of Christmas in a simpler era. Join us inside the decorated historic Shaker buildings to watch an old-time magic show with Andrew Pinard, take a selfie with Father Christmas, make Christmas-inspired crafts, admire a toy train display or listen to fiddlers. Sing Christmas carols as we light the Village Christmas tree and enjoy a steaming cup of hot cider to warm you up. This classic holiday event is a family favorite that will become a yearly tradition!