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Arts and crafts extravaganza

Shaker Heritage Society holds annual craft fair Sept. 7 and 8

— “When people come and shop at the craft fair they are buying a unique, handmade item. They’re supporting a local business and they’re supporting educational programs that the society present,” D’Angelo said. “You get a lot of bang for your buck, in terms of how your dollars support the community.”

The fair will take place on the entire Church Family property, which includes the barn, the grounds and the Meeting House. The event will be held rain or shine and there will be free parking.

While not buying items, visitors can also take guided tours of the site at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. There will also be some local members of the Abenaki tribe demonstrating Native American crafts.

“The Shakers learned basket making and how to use herbs from local tribes … there was always a strong connection between Shakers and Native Americans,” D’Angelo said.

While there are a few new vendors, D’Angelo said the society usually sticks to the same routine due to the successes in the past.

“The show is popular and people like it the way it is set up. We haven’t messed with the formula too much,” D’Angelo said. “It’s a great place to get together and enjoy each other’s company. I really think it’s a community-building event.”

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