A Living Museum of Contemporary Rural American Life
Behold! New Lebanon, the living museum of contemporary rural American life, has announced its schedule for the third week of its inaugural summer programming. Unlike any other museum in the country, BEHOLD! New Lebanon offers a variety of tours by guides who welcome visitors to their places of work, avocation, or enjoyment.
On Saturday, July 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., naturalist Bonner McAllester takes visitors on a leisurely walk in Hand Hollow, the Columbia Land Conservancy’s magnificent property. Amble through meadows and forests, along streams and ponds with beaver dams in this home to hundreds of birds, including a heron nesting ground.
In ‘Stuffed: Making Sausage with Phoebe Young,’ from 1:30 to 3 p.m., learn what goes into making sausage with Phoebe Young in a hands-on demonstration that offers techniques, references and recipes – and take home a half pound of sausage for your work. Young will share the secret of her delicious New Lebanon Baloney, a hand-crafted all-beef sausage that is fermented and cold-smoked.
Finally, ‘Hands to Work; Hearts to God: the North Family Shakers.’ from 2 to 3:30 p.m. will delve into the history of Mount Lebanon, the leading Shaker society in America from 1787 to 1947. The Shakers’ quest for perfection was expressed in the way they organized and ruled themselves, and the creation of their furniture and architecture. See the miraculous community they built as an homage to the divine and hear the tale of their founder’s persecution. Visitors board a shuttle bus at the Behold! Station and General Store at 438 Route 20 in New Lebanon, N.Y. for the tours. Visit beholdnewlebanon.org for departure times and ticket information, or call 518-720-7265.