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Fall Apple Festival, September 23rd & 24th

Oct. 22: Marvelous, a Musical Opera and the Oz Problem

Composer Gregory Hall, author of the American Prize-finalist opera “Marvelous,” will give a performance / lecture on his sequel to the Wizard of Oz in advance of its premiere next year in Aberdeen, South Dakota—the birthplace of Oz.

Gregory will also discuss the “Oz Problem” at the heart of his work: how he addresses it in Marvelous, and how it has likely held back L. Frank Baum‘s Oz sequel books from a wider audience.

Sunday, October 22 @ 2 PM

“Simple Gifts” Music Festival, Sunday, August 6

The 2023 “Simple Gifts” Music Festival will take place on Sunday, August 6 from 5-7 PM. The Museum will be open at 1 PM that day.

Donations benefit the Alfred Shaker Museum and the Simple Gifts Music Festival.

For more information: contact Andy Happel by phone at 207-752-0927, or by email at andy@andyhappel.com.

July 23: Speakers’ Series Features Maine Humorist/Storyteller Gary Crocker

June 10: Speaker Series features Author Dale Potter-Clark

NOTE: June 10 is a Saturday.

Dale Potter-Clark is a historian and author whose most recent book is Escape from Bunker Hill. Part fiction, part non- fiction, it’s a tale of the Underground Railroad and a couple from Newfield who had moved to a Florida plantation named Bunker Hill, but the Mitchells returned to Maine when the Civil War started. They helped four young Black people to escape. Their dangerous journey ended in Readfield, Maine. The Mitchells were real people. The book’s extensive appendix gives much information about their lives and the troubled times when they lived.

May 7: An Afternoon of French-Canadian Music

The first event in the 2023 Sid Emery Memorial Speakers’ Series takes place on Sunday, May 7 at 2:30 PM at the Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum. “An Afternoon of French-Canadian Music” features fiddler Don Roy and keyboardist Cindy LaBrecque. Events in the Sid Emery Speakers’ Series are sponsored by the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society and the Friends of the Alfred Shaker Museum.

Tickets are $15 for persons 18 of age and older, and children are admitted free of charge. Seating is limited to 100, so reservations are recommended. To reserve your tickets, contact Harland Eastman or Lloyd Hunt.

The Sanford-Springvale Historical Museum is air-conditioned and handicapped-accessible.


Use the Google map below to generate directions to the Sanford-Springvale Historical Society. The street address is 505 Main Street, Springvale, ME.

2023 Speakers’ Series Announced

Help Wanted!

Museum Curator Linda Aaskov is seeking an individual to assist her in the accession process for all the museum artifacts.

The accession assistant needs to be available a couple of times a month until the process is complete. Tasks include taking photos of each item as progress is made, labeling, & identifying each item. This is important work for the museum. Working together, it can be completed and our collection can be brought up to date.

If you have questions please feel free to contact Linda Aaskov at aaskov@outlook.com or 207-490-5709.

Oct. 8 Sewing Workshop Canceled

Unfortunately, the Sweet Dreams Pillowcase workshop with Janet Vincent, scheduled for October 8, has been canceled.

Speakers’ Series: Change of Venue

Both of the remaining Speakers’ Series events for this season have had a change of venue. They were scheduled to be held in Denis Hall, but will be held instead at the Alfred Shaker Museum. They will take place at the scheduled times.

For more information, see the announcements for both events:

Don Roy, September 21

Sheryl Faye as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, October 16

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