Such pristine simplictic designs. No shutters on these buildings. I am so mesmerized and drawn to the stark pristine beauty.
Canning their produce and crops ensuring food all Winter long.
My son captures the most beautiful shots. Pure and simple beauty.
I absolutely love the pure white dishes and simple baskets lined on the open shelves. I have a similar look in my kitchen, and is clear to see how the Shakers design continues to influence us hundreds of years later.
Photographed at The Hancock Shaker Village in Hancock Massachusetts.
SHAKER CHICKEN IN CIDER AND CREAM
1 (4 lb.) chicken, quartered
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1/2 c. cider
1 tbsp. grated lemon rind
1 c. heavy cream
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh pepper
Cook chicken in hot butter until brown. Cover pan and continue cooking over low heat until tender, 30-40 minutes. Add cider and lemon rind and spoon liquid over chicken. If chicken seems to be drying, add cider before chicken is fully cooked. Remove chicken to warm platter. Quickly add cream and seasonings to pan and stir. Pour hot sauce over chicken. Serves 4-5.
Begin step one the day before you plan to bake these cookies.
Makes about 5 dozen
• 2 lemons, washed and dried
• 2 cups plus 3/4 cup granulated sugar
• 2 1/4 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 large eggs, lightly beaten
• Confectioners’ sugar, for sifting
1. Slice lemons as thinly as possible; remove seeds. Toss slices with 2 cups sugar; transfer mixture to a flat resealable plastic container. Place in the refrigerator overnight.
2. Place butter, salt, remaining 3/4 cup sugar, and flour in the bowl of a food processor. Process until mixture is crumbly and starts to hold together.
3. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Line a 12-by-17-inch baking pan with parchment paper. Press dough evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, making sure there are no holes. There should be at least 1/2-inch crust of dough going up the sides of the pan. Bake until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, about 15 minutes
4. Place lemon-sugar mixture and eggs in the bowl of a food processor. Process until lemon rinds are in 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces, 30 to 40 seconds. Pour mixture over cookie crust. Bake until set, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Trim 1/2 inch around edges of pan. Cut into about sixty 1 1/4-by-2-inch pieces. Sift confectioners’ sugar over cookies.
From Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1999/2000 | Send a Free Preview Issue!
Recently my family and I took a quick vacation to the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts, an area filled with beautiful countryside, art, museums, music and the abundance of culture at Tanglewood. While there we spent the day visiting Hancock Shaker Village. Until this visit the first things I thought of when thinking of the Shakers were their simplistic designs specifically their furniture. Before visiting anyplace I always do a little research. I want to know a little about the place before I get there, I don’t want to miss a thing and I want to ask a lot of questions and learn as much as I can.
The Shakers (The United Society of Believers in Christ’s Second Appearing) or know as the Shaking Quakers because their worship services were so escatic they would often shake. The Shakers began in 1747, and found Ann Lee or Mother Ann as she was referred to as their new leader. Mother Ann joined them by 1758 . She asked her followers to confess thier sins, give up all their worldly goods, and take a vow of celibacy. She felt that neither marriage nor giving in to marriage and celibacy was a prepartiaon for for the Kindgom. However it certainly made growing their congretation very challenging as they needed to rely on converts and bringing in orphans to increase their size. In 1774 Ann Lee and 8 of her followers made the journey from England to the States where they settled in The Colonie area of Upstate New York very close to Albany NY and not far from where I grew up in Upstate NY. Mother Ann continued to preach with great passion throughout the area and mostly in New England giving very powerful talks. Although the Shakers represent an incredibly small group of followers they are however considered one of the most infuential, preaching in their communities knew no boundaries of education, gender or social class. No matter how limited in size their voice was it could not be ignored. To this day they remain one of they greatest influences in furniture design which simplicity lends a modern timeless style that continues to influence some of the greatest designers and furniture makers. Their collections are priceless.
“Simple Gifts” Alfred, ME- 1848
Used in worship for quick dance
“Tis the gift to be simple, Tis the gift to be free, ‘Tis the gift to come down where we ought to be; And when we find ourselves in the place just right, ‘Twill be in the valley of love and delight. When true simplicity is gain’d, To bow and to bend we shan’t be ashamed. To turn, turn will be our delight ‘Till by turning, turning we come round right.”
The Shakers composed thousands of songs and created dances to go with them. The were an incredibly important part of their worship services. The recorded musical inspiration as it occurred. Many had no formal musical training and used a form of music notation called the letteral system. Many consisting of syllables and words from unknown tongues. Many Shaker melodies are of extraordinary grace and beauty. To this day, even though little is know regarding the Shaker song repertoire it remains an important part of the American cultural heritage and of world religious music in general. The few remaining Shaker’s continue to sing songs from both the earlier repertoire and the four part songbooks. The most famous Shaker song is “Simple Gifts” which Aaron Copland used as a theme in 1944 for variations in the ballet “Appalachian Spring”. The tune was composed by Elder Joseph Brackett and originated in the Shaker community in Maine in 1848. Many contemporary Christian denominations incorporate this tune into hymnals, under various names, including “Lord of the Dance”, adapted in 1964 by English poet and songwriter Sydney Carter.