The 2023 “Simple Gifts” Music Festival will take place on August 6 from 5-7 PM. The Museum will be open at 1 PM that day. NOTE: The Festival was scheduled to take place on July 16, but has been postponed.

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

Here’s a slideshow of the 2022 “Simple Gifts” festival:

Attributed to Elder Joseph Brackett of the Alfred Shaker Ministry, June 28, 1848. Manuscript penned by Eldress Mary Hazzard of the New Lebanon Shaker Ministry.