Volunteers Invited to Canterbury Shaker Village for April 20th Clean-up Day

Opening Day May 4th Kicks Off 50th Anniversary Year

As spring arrives, volunteers are invited to help spruce up the buildings and grounds of Canterbury Shaker Village on Saturday, April 20from 9am-1pm. Both new and returning volunteers are invited to attend. Staff-supervised teams will spend the morning readying the renowned National Historic Landmark for its new season of tours, programs, and special events, then share an informal lunch from noon to 1 pm in the Creamery.

With 29 buildings and nearly 700 acres, the Village benefits from many generous, community-minded volunteers at their annual spring and fall work days. Spring clean-up tasks include clearing fallen tree limbs, raking leaves, cleaning up garden beds, and, if the weather cooperates, painting fences. Help is also needed for indoor projects like preparing materials for upcoming educational activities and special events. Can’t attend but want to learn more about becoming part of the Village’s cadre of volunteers? Contact Becky Soules at rsoules@shakers.org or phone 603-783-9511.  

Two weeks after Clean-up Day, the 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 the rich summer pastures on Shaker lands.  Children will love the traditional maypole dancing that follows, and fiddler Dudley Laufman will play from 12 to 1.  At 1:30 pm, a sapling sugar maple will be planted to honor the 50th anniversary of Shaker Village’s incorporation as a museum in 1969, and to replace a historic tree that was lost of storms and age last year. Visitors can also enjoy craft activities, food in the Creamery Café, and shopping in the Museum store. 

On May 11, runners convene at the Village for the 12th annual Cross Country 5K, part of the Northeast Delta Dental Capital Area Race Series. The course is entirely off-road, winding through the beautiful woods and fields of the Village, and is open to walkers as well as runners.  Proceeds support continuing preservation and education efforts.

On Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, mothers receive free admission when accompanied by at least one other family member who pays regular admission.