The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearance is one of the most successful utopian communities in American history. Founded in the 18th century, they lived communally but celibately. Sexual energy was sublimated into ecstatic Sunday dancing which could be heard seven miles from their worship leading to their colloquial name of “Shakers.” Stirred by the spirit of God, they would speak in tongues and sing verses composed by angels. The most famous of these melodies would form part of Aaron Copeland’s ballet Appalachian Spring. Today, Shakers are remembered for their furniture style, but they created much more including the flat broom, the circular saw (invented by a woman) and the first mail order seed company. Join Jane and Bobbie as we explore the legacy of a group that espoused brotherly rather than carnal love while contributing uniquely to the industry, music and food of American culture. Note: A tasting fee of $20 is payable to the instructor because it’s fun to learn about food, but even more fun to taste it.