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Sunset Drum Circle
Wed, Aug 23 | 6:30-7:45PM
Member $9. Nonmember $15.

Join us on the hillside at sunset for a facilitated drum circle. Connect with the landscape, mother earth and the ancient wisdom of rhythm while building and celebrating community. Native American, African and assorted drums and percussion will be provided. You can bring your own instrument, too. No prior drumming experience needed. Facilitated by Monique Morimoto and Stephen Whitney, cofounders of SoulWorks Rhythm® (www.soulworksrhythm.com),whose drumming events inspire joy, beat away stress and celebrate the freedom of self-expression. Please help us plan and pre-register for this event.

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Into the Books Curator Tour
Thu, Aug 24 | 6:30-8PM
Member $15. Nonmember $25.

Join Fruitlands Museum Curator, Shana Dumont Garr, and staff from the Trustees Archives and Research Center, for this in depth tour into the historic books that are a part our current exhibition “Literary Spirit at Fruitlands Museum and the Old Manse.” Dating from the 1600s through the 1800s, these rare tomes include personal copies inscribed by revered authors including Bronson Alcott, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Elizabeth Peabody. We will also provide the opportunity to have a closer look at unique manuscripts including hand-written letters by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret Fuller, and an original essay by Henry David Thoreau.

This program will begin with a lesson in archival handling and discussion of best practices in preservation. Then tour the gallery with the case covers removed. Take a look inside some favorite selections from the exhibition and try your hand at handling a book of your choice.

Please note that space is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Labyrinth Workshop with Greg Lookerse
Sat, Aug 26 | 2-4PM
Member $12. Nonmember $20.

The labyrinth is a visual metaphor. It serves to represent pilgrimage. Designing a labyrinth, like any journey, can be simple or complex. Design your own path and journey in this two-hour hands-on workshop, facilitated by our Artist-in-Residence, Greg Lookerse, on the trails surrounding Fruitlands Museum.

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"Night and Moonlight": A Transcendental Night Hike
Wed, Sep 6 | 7-9PM
Member $9. Nonmember $15.

“Chancing to take a memorable walk by moonlight some years ago, I resolved to take more such walks, and make acquaintance with another side of Nature.” -Night and Moonlight by Henry David Thoreau

Join us under the Harvest Moon at the Fruitlands Museum for this Transcendental Night Hike. We will share a public reading of Thoreau’s “Night and Moonlight,” an essay printed in The Atlantic Monthly Magazine in November 1863. Next, we will take to the trails to discover nature by night and explore the elements, sites, and sounds that awaken when the sun sets. Thoreau describes, “As for the moon, I had seen her only as it were through a crevice in a shutter, occasionally. Why not walk a little way in her light?”

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Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Sep 7 | 6:30-7:30PM
Members $80. Nonmembers $100 for full six week series.

Thursday, September 7th-October 12th: This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Exercises for the Quiet Eye
Sat, Sep 9 | 2-3:30PM
Member $9. Nonmember $15.

Exercises for the Quiet Eye: This practice of deep looking, of resting in a tolerance of ambiguity, in a state of not fully knowing, is one of the greatest potential gifts of human visual culture. Being open simultaneously to deep sensory, emotional and intellectual experience, happens best when we can resist rushing to easy, premature understanding–when we accept the mystery. In this way, the intensified satisfactions and challenges of art prepare us for the essential experience of the human condition–the state of living in mystery, the human experience of not knowing.

Join educator, Annie Storr, as she leads you through close looking activities in the Art Gallery in the Fruitlands Museum. Take time to pause, absorb, and dive into art and artifacts with your senses. Gain new understanding of the impact of art on the viewer.

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Painting with Pastels with Joelle Feldman
Tue, Sep 12 | 6-8PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Tuesdays, September 12-October 17th: This course is for beginning and returning artists who want to acquire fundamental skills and new approaches to painting with pastels. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Joelle Feldman’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether trying the medium for the first time or building on experience, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for making art.

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Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Sep 14 | 6:30-7:30PM
Members $80. Nonmembers $100 for full six week series.

Thursday, September 7th-October 12th: This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.

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Plein Air Pastel Workshop with Joelle Feldman
Sat, Sep 16 | 10AM-4PM
Member $160. Nonmember $200 (two-day workshop)

Recognized and award-winning artist, Joelle Feldman, teaches students fundamental skills and introduces multiple approaches to painting with pastels. This two-day workshop will focus on composition, texture, color, drawing and outline, applying an under-painting and gradually building pastel layers until the painting is completed. The class starts with an introduction of materials, including exploration and experimentation with a variety of pastel painting surfaces using different grades and brands of pastel sticks. Instruction and pace may vary based on the class dynamics and participants’ needs. Open to all levels of experience.

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Plein Air Pastel Workshop with Joelle Feldman
Sun, Sep 17 | 10AM-4PM
Member $160. Nonmember $200 (two-day workshop)

Saturday and Sunday, September 16th and 17th, enjoy a two-day Plein Air workshop on the grounds of Fruitlands Museum. 

Recognized and award-winning artist, Joelle Feldman, teaches students fundamental skills and introduces multiple approaches to painting with pastels. This two-day workshop will focus on composition, texture, color, drawing and outline, applying an under-painting and gradually building pastel layers until the painting is completed. The class starts with an introduction of materials, including exploration and experimentation with a variety of pastel painting surfaces using different grades and brands of pastel sticks. Instruction and pace may vary based on the class dynamics and participants’ needs. Open to all levels of experience.

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Painting with Pastels with Joelle Feldman
Tue, Sep 19 | 6-8PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Tuesdays, September 12-October 17th: This course is for beginning and returning artists who want to acquire fundamental skills and new approaches to painting with pastels. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Joelle Feldman’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether trying the medium for the first time or building on experience, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for making art.

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Candlelight Yoga
Thu, Sep 21 | 6:30-7:30PM
Members $80. Nonmembers $100 for full six week series.

Thursday, September 7th-October 12th: This six-week course is intended for those new to yoga and for those who would like to strengthen their practice. Come quiet your mind, relax your body, and allow your spirit to be filled with peace as you explore meditation, asana and breathe work. Instructor, Diane Borton, has been practicing yoga for over a decade. Her instruction will help you strengthen your body, center the mind, and create a peaceful spirit in this gentle yoga class. Students should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a yoga mat, a blanket, and a pair of yoga blocks if you have them.

Please note that space in this series is limited and pre-registration is required.

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7th Annual Craft Festival at Fruitlands
Sat, Sep 23 | 10AM-4PM
Member $5; Nonmember $10; Kids 12 and under FREE

Enjoy original handmade craft by 48 New England Artisans during the 7th Annual Craft Festival at Fruitlands. The Festival is a two-day outdoor tented show set on the picturesque grounds of the museum. Quality juried craft, museum offerings, and stunning views has made the Festival a popular September destination for all. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping and find that original gift for the hard-to-buy-for!

For your entertainment, there is a food truck, the Café, and live music, courtesy of the Summertime Trio, on both days of the Festival. The Guests’ admission also includes entry to the Museum exhibits and trails. It’s a fun day out with family and friends.





7th Annual Craft Festival at Fruitlands
Sun, Sep 24 | 10AM-4PM
Member $5; Nonmember $10; Kids 12 and under FREE

Enjoy original handmade craft by 48 New England Artisans during the 7th Annual Craft Festival at Fruitlands. The Festival is a two-day outdoor tented show set on the picturesque grounds of the museum. Quality juried craft, museum offerings, and stunning views has made the Festival a popular September destination for all. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a jump on your holiday shopping and find that original gift for the hard-to-buy-for!

For your entertainment, there is a food truck, the Café, and live music, courtesy of the Summertime Trio, on both days of the Festival. The Guests’ admission also includes entry to the Museum exhibits and trails. It’s a fun day out with family and friends.





Painting with Pastels with Joelle Feldman
Tue, Sep 26 | 6-8PM
Member $200. Nonmember $250 for full six week series

Tuesdays, September 12-October 17th: This course is for beginning and returning artists who want to acquire fundamental skills and new approaches to painting with pastels. A dynamic and accomplished artist, Joelle Feldman’s instruction includes weekly exercises and one-on-one teaching geared to all levels of experience. Whether trying the medium for the first time or building on experience, students emerge from this six week course with greater confidence and a renewed passion for making art.

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