Shaker Meetinghouse and Francis Bliss Birthday Singing
You are invited to a weekend of singing. This year marks the Eighth Annual Shaker Meetinghouse and Francis Bliss Birthday Singing. This is an opportunity for strangers, acquaintances and relatives to unite as one big family in wishing Francis Bliss a happy 95th birthday.
Please join us on Saturday, June 6th from 1-4:30 to sing in the historic Shaker Meetinghouse at Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester, Maine (about 1/2 hour north of Portland). The shapenote singing is a free, participatory event, not a performance. No experience is necessary and beginners are warmly welcomed. We will sing from the Sacred Harp, 1991 Denson edition. Books will be available for loan or purchase. There will be a break, but no food is allowed inside the meetinghouse. In the event of rain, we will sing in the Winter Chapel inside the brick Dwelling house.
There will be a potluck after the Saturday singing, so please bring a dish to share. Please pack foods to keep them hot or cold as needed and mark dishes and serving utensils with your name. Please have foods ready to serve because we will not be using the Shaker kitchen.
After dinner, we will head north on Rt 26 to the Poland Spring Inn, where we will sing from 6:30 to 8:30 using the Cooper Book in the rotunda of the Maine State Building. For history of the building, http://www.polandspringps.org/maine_state_building.html
On Sunday, June 7th, you are welcome to join the Shaker community in worship at 10am in the Winter Chapel in the Brick Dwelling House. Shaker worship is filled with testimony and song. From 2-5 we will sing at the New Church in Portland, 302 Stevens Ave. during the 1st Sunday Portland Singing.
Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is the only active Shaker Community and they have offered us this great opportunity to sing in a wonderful building. This is a space that was built for singing. Some have even called it the "Holy Grail" of singing spaces. If you would like to make a day of it, you can bring a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the grounds or come earlier to take a museum tour or visit their gift shop. For more info about the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village check out their website: www.maineshakers.com The first tour of the day starts at 10:30am and lasts approximately 75 minutes. Reservations are recommended.
For more information about this Singing call 207 721-9732 or email email@example.com
The Shaker Village is located on Route 26, approximately 8 miles north of Exit 63 of the Maine Turnpike in Gray, Maine, and 8 miles west of Exit 75 (Auburn).
The Village is 25 miles north of Portland, and 12 miles west of Lewiston-Auburn.
From the south (Boston, Portland): Take Gray-Exit 63 off the Maine Turnpike. At the traffic light at the toll booth turn left to Route 26A. Go to the next set of traffic lights and bear right into Route 26A. Stay on Route 26A until it merges with ROUTE 26 NORTH. Follow ROUTE 26 NORTH for approximately eight miles to Shaker Village (watch for large black and white road signs).
From the North (Augusta, Bangor): Take Auburn Exit 75 off the Maine Turnpike. Turn right at the toll booth onto Routes 100, 4, 202. Follow that route for one mile and turn right onto Route 122. Follow Route 122 over hill and dale until you come to Route 26. Turn left onto Route 26 South. Follow Route 26 South for about 2 miles and you will be at the Shaker Village. The Village is about eight miles from Exit 12 (watch for road signs).
Traveling North on I-95, take exit 47 to Rand Rd, turn right on Rand, right on Bright, left on Stevens. The New Church will be on the right.
Traveling South on I-295, take Exit 5B, merge onto Congress Street (right), take a right on Stevens.
From in town Portland, head NW on Forest Ave, bear left at Woodfords Corner and take a left onto Stevens Ave. Parking for the New Church is on the Street.