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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

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

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.

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

Speaker’s Series: Don Roy, September 21

Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM — Note the evening time

Denis Hall, Shaker Hill

Don Roy will talk about his own history with Franco-American music. Roy has won many fiddle honors and once was named one of New England’s top three fiddlers. Read about his remarkable career at donroyon-line.com.

NOTE: This event was scheduled to take place at Denis Hall, but it will happen at the Museum.

Speakers’ Series: Sheryl Faye as Ruth Bader Ginsburg, October 16

Actress Sheryl Faye of Amesbury portrays Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her one-woman show. A specialist in bringing historical figures to life, Faye’s many other characters include Helen Keller, Abigail Adams and Susan B. Anthony.

Our next Speakers’ Series event takes place on Sunday, October 16, at 1:30 PM at the Museum.

Actress Sheryl Faye, who presented as the famous Helen Keller a few years ago, will introduce us to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Faye has a whole repertoire of interpretations of famous women in American history.

NOTE: This event was scheduled to take place at Denis Hall, but it will happen at the Museum.

Sept. 10 Workshop CANCELED

We’re sorry, but the workshop Getting Crafty with Old Greeting Cards, scheduled for Septmber 10, has been canceled.

“Simple Gifts” Music Festival

The annual “Simple Gifts” Music Festival took place on July 17, 2022. Thanks to Andy Happel and his musical guests for presenting a lovely, intimate program of traditional Shaker songs and other pieces.

Here’s a slideshow of the event:

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