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Hancock Shaker Village

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1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
413.443.0188 https://hancockshakervillage.org/

April 2019

Baby Animal Fest

April 24 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until May 2, 2019

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Celebrate spring and meet our newest additions – lambs, piglets, calves, chicks, and kids in the Round Stone Barn. Explore the hands-on Discovery Barn, make things, and stay for story time. Visit the Shaker Schoolhouse. Hear the Shakers’ story of sustainability. Have fun on the trail. Come for live music and sing along. Visit on Thursdays and stay longer (‘til 5pm). Spend Easter with us and celebrate Earth Day. Pony rides, face painting, balloon art. See cooking, blacksmithing, woodworking, sheep…

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Animal Art ‘N Sip

April 25 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 4:00pm on Thursday, repeating until May 2, 2019

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Spend a late afternoon hour meeting a heritage breed animal and making art.  Draw with pencil, color with crayons, or cut a collage to design your version of a barnyard friend. If creativity makes you thirsty, we have juice (sorry, folks, this is a dry event). You can hang your work in our gallery or at home on your fridge.

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Shaker Up Sausage + Beer Night

April 26 @ 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$80

Oktoberfest in April returns! Join us for a multi-course sausage and beer dinner pairing hosted by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg and Orion Howard of Bright Ideas Brewing. Imagine: French-style bratwurst with goat cheese potato cakes, arugula salad and a Dijon vinaigrette paired with a crisp, hoppy blonde ale. It’s out of this world. Taste the new, limited-edition Heavenly Bright IPA inspired by Hancock Shaker Village and specially brewed for this event. Mingle with brewers and feast on charcuterie and old…

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Sheep Shearing Weekend

April 27 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until April 28, 2019

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Meet our merinos and watch sheep get their annual haircuts. Sheep shearing is sure to delight the entire family. Throughout the weekend, follow the wool from sheep to cloak with demos of sheep-shearing (with champion shearer Fred DePaul), spinning, dying, and weaving. Learn how to spin and weave. See rarely-displayed Shaker-made woolen items, including the famous Shaker cloak. Meet regional fiber artisans. Get involved in hands-on activities and learn how fleece on sheep becomes a sweater. Meet the new spring…

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Grandparents Day during Baby Animals

April 30 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, repeating until April 30, 2019

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Gram and Gramp, bring the grand kids on Tuesdays. You SAVE $2 and they visit FREE. Visit our woodworkers in the tannery and try your hand at weaving. Climb on an antique tractor (great photo op) then have a seat for story time. Dress in Shaker clothing, make a traditional craft, and of course, visit the babies. Fun for the young and young-at-heart.

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May 2019

Wine, Food & Spirits Berkshire Cultural Season Kick Off

May 2 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Presented by UpCountry Magazine and Sponsored by Berkshire Bank, please join us for a night of celebration to officially kick off the Berkshire cultural season. Your ticket includes an array of delightful bites from some of the Berkshires’ finest food artisans and a behind the scenes tour of Hancock Shaker Village, emphasizing the culinary history of the Shakers. You’ll taste Wine & Spirits from the Berkshires and beyond while Berkshire Jazz Collective (with Andy Wrba) plays in the background. You…

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Goat Yoga

May 12 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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One event on August 25, 2019 at 10:00:00

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$25

It’s here to stay. Goat used to it. Bring a mat, a towel, and an open mind. Includes admission for the day.

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Goat Yoga

May 12 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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One event on June 9, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on June 23, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on July 27, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on August 25, 2019 at 10:00am

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Show mom why she’s the G.O.A.T. Bring a mat and your mom.

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Farm Friends

May 16 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Thursday, repeating until October 31, 2019

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Get to know the farmyard. Each week, young children ages 2-5 and their caregivers meet one of our farm animals, enjoy a special story, and do a simple craft in the Discovery Barn.

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Makers’ Day: Blacksmithing 101

May 18 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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One event on May 19, 2019 at 10:00:00

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Learn basic skills using traditional blacksmith’s tools and techniques in a coal-fired forge. Make hooks, then move on to kitchen utensils or another project of your choice. No experience necessary. FEE $150/135 MEMBERS; PLUS $100 FOR MATERIALS ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Food For Thought: Dinner with Rebecca Soffer

May 18 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$90 – $100

Inspired by the website that the New York Times hailed as “redefining mourning,” Rebecca Soffer’s Modern Loss is a fresh and irreverent examination into finding resilience. Having lost a parent as a young adult, she founded a website to change the dialogue around grief. Now, in this wise and often funny book, she offers insights to help us cry, laugh, identify, and – above all – empathize. Brutally honest and inspiring, Modern Loss invites us to talk intimately and humorously,…

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Homeschool Day: Hidden Hancock

May 21 @ 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Meet the Shakers who lived at the village. Explore the village and find out more about the people who made this community their home. Look for objects made at Hancock, examine journals, study maps, and even venture into the cellar of the Trustees’ Office to see grave markers. ADMISSION Adults $17; Youth (13-17 years of age) $5; Members and all children FREE ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED

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Shaker Barn Music: The Suitcase Junket

May 26 @ 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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From the salvaged sounds of American juke joints, back porches, honky tonks, and rock clubs, The Suitcase Junket is a one-man virtuoso, Matt Lorenz, whose signature sound is a mash up of mountain ballads, original rock anthems, blues manifestos, and dance-hall festivity. It is magnificent, rousing songwriting, played out on instruments built from broken bottles, thrift store forks, gas cans, shoes, saw blades, and more. Named to Spotify’s Best of Folk & Americana and Blues & Blues Rock playlists (he…

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June 2019

Shaker meets Brooklyn: Mead Dinner

June 8 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$108 – $120

Come to a dinner of culinary revelry as we team up with Enlightenment (Brooklyn’s first meadery) to present an extraordinary menu of organic vegetables and meats from our farm (the oldest working farm in The Berkshires with a variety of mead. Enlightenment Wines Meadery in Bushwick  (lauded from GQ  to The New Yorker) focuses on small batch mead spontaneously fermented from regional honey, foraged herbs, and local fruit.  Hancock Shaker Village celebrates the architecture, history, farming, food, and culture of the Shakers, and…

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Makers’ Day: Bread Basket Weaving

June 22 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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This multi use basket (10” x 3 1/2”) is perfect for serving bread or as a handy counter catch-all. Made on an oak base, weave your basket using natural and multi colored dyed reed, add a sturdy rim and leather handles. ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED FEE $40/36 MEMBERS; PLUS $25 FOR MATERIALS

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Food for Thought: Dinner with Mitch Horowitz

June 28 @ 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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From its earliest days, America served as an arena for the revolutions in alternative spirituality that eventually swept the globe. In Occult America, PEN Award-winning author Mitch Horowitz, opens a new window on the past presenting a dramatic, pioneering look at the esoteric genesis of spirituality and mysticism and it’s profound impact on American culture. Occult America takes a slightly off-center look at American history through the lens of those who believed, prayed, practiced, and lived a little differently from…

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July 2019

Willis Henry Auction

July 13 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Willis Henry Auctions returns to Hancock Shaker Village for an auction of privately held Shaker-made items including furniture, accessories, tools, manuscripts, and art. Henry auctions have garnered international attention and generated world record prices. Shaker collectors, scholars, and admirers of Shaker design are invited. PREVIEWS: July 11, 1-5pm, July 12, 10am-5pm, and July 13 10am-11:30am ADMISSION IS NOT REQUIRED TO PREVIEW OR ATTEND THE AUCTION

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Summer Program for Children: Art on the Farm

July 15 @ 9:00 AM - July 19 @ 4:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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A week-long children’s program that fosters creativity on our inspiring farm. Working with natural and recycled materials, children will make all kinds of creations with art teacher Karl Mullen. The week will also include musical experiences, woodland walks, outdoor fun, and time to get down and dirty on the farm. FEE $300/$270 member child ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED

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Vino Vinyasa Sunset Yoga

July 20 @ 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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One event on August 10, 2019 at 20:00:00

Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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Uncork your chakras with some vino vinyasa. Enjoy a breathtaking sunset, yoga, and a glass of wine. Bring a mat, towel, and an open mind. Open to all ages. If drinking, ID required. TICKETS $30/27 members

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August 2019

Recital: Ain’t it a pretty night: excerpts from American opera

August 8 @ 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Hancock Shaker Village, 1843 West Housatonic Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201 United States
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$18 – $25

Photo from https://hancockshakervillage.org Berkshire Opera Festival pays homage to American opera by composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, and Carlisle Floyd. A recital of beautiful and exciting music with soprano Caroline Worra, tenor John Riesen, and pianist Lynn Baker will explore this essential part of the musical fabric of our country.

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