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Calendar

Apr
30
Sat
Sheep Shearing Weekend @ HSV
Apr 30 @ 10:00 am – May 1 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for this great family event.  Watch our highly experienced shearer shear the sheep for the season.  Listen to his talk on animal care.  Feel free to feel the fleece that has been shearedsheep.

May
8
Sun
Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Village
May 8 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Visit the farm babies and their mothers, learn about farm food ways in our historic 1830 Shaker kitchen, sample one of Sister Olive’s Ginger cookies, and enjoy special café menu options.  (Café open 11am-4pm)

May
20
Fri
Homeschool Day: A Day in the Life of a Shaker Child
May 20 all-day

A special day for families who homeschool their children!    May’s theme is inspired by our newly-renovated Discovery Barn.   Spend the day exploring the lives of Shaker children with cooking demonstrations, farm chores, and a design-your-own seed packet craft.  A special tour of the Village library will provide insight into how we know what we do about the Shakers’ lives. Homeschool families receive $3 off of admission on this day.

May
21
Sat
Discovery Weekend: On the Farm and In the Garden
May 21 – May 22 all-day

Talks, demonstrations, and workshops to get you ready for a good year of gardening. Included in admission are talks and demonstrations that focus on starting seeds, historic garden tools, and even milking a cow.  Fee-based workshops (pre-registration required) include making a berry basket, Blacksmithing 101, weaving a Shaker rug, and our popular Backyard Poultry. 2016 Discovery Weekends

May
22
Sun
Tour of the Round Stone Barn
May 22 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join Bill Mangiardi, Director of Farm and Facilities, for a top-to-bottom tour of the Round Stone Barn, which celebrates its 190th anniversary this year. The Tour is part of “Barnstorming Weekend,” organized by the Shaker Heritage Society (Albany, NY), Shaker Mount Lebanon (New Leabanon, NY) and Hancock Shaker Village.  Included in admission.

Aug
5
Fri
Free Fun Friday @ Hancock Shaker Village
Aug 5 all-day

F3_balloongraphics-01HSV opens its doors to one and all for FREE, courtesy of the Highland Street Foundation.  (For the schedule of all 70 cultural attractions open on summer Fridays, visit the Highland Street Foundation’s website.)

HSV beefs up its tours and programs for the day, including Interpreter Talks that introduce the Shakers (10:30 am, 1 pm, and 3:30 pm), Tours of the Farm & Gardens (noon and 3 pm), Shaker Music & Dance (11 am, 1:30 and 4 pm), and Demonstrations of the Water Turbine (11:30 am, 2 pm, and 4:30 pm).  Throughout the day, special fun and games for kids, plus our usual demonstrations of woodworking, blacksmithing, and spinning / weaving throughout the historic Village.  The Village Harvest Cafe will be open as for snacks and lunch from 11 am to 5 p.  Additional lunch options on site for families, too. (Or, pack a picnic! We have lots of tables, both indoors and out.) Don’t miss Heaven on Earth, in the Visitor Center, and Living on Earth: The Work of Robert Hite, large-scale sculpture in the historic Village.

Aug
6
Sat
Metalworking Weekend @ HSV
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – Aug 7 @ 4:00 pm

Shakers, working hammer and tongs!  Join us on Saturday and Sunday as expert metalworkers demonstrate their exciting craft! Many metal items used by the Shakers were made in a blacksmith’s forge. Historic Shaker metalworking will be highlighted, along with contemporary techniques. See a variety of forges in use and watch hinges, latches and door handles being forged by hand, many for sale in our Village Store.

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Sep
9
Fri
Harvest Supper @ HSV
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The evening begins with an hour-long tour of the historic Village, emphasizing the Shaker agricultural legacy, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Brick Dwelling with tastings of beer, wine, ale and spirits.  Spirited Supper

Sep
13
Tue
Berkshires-to-Boston Bike Tour @ Starts at Hancock Shaker Village
Sep 13 @ 10:00 am – Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm

Dozens of cyclists take up residence at the Village starting September 13 for “training” rides that “climb” Mount Greylock ahead of the group’s 240-mile trek to Boston, which departs from the Village on Thursday morning, September 15.

Register at http://www.berkshirestoboston.com/BerktoBos

Sep
18
Sun
Berkshires-to-Boston Bike Tour @ Starts at Hancock Shaker Village
Sep 18 @ 10:00 am – Sep 23 @ 5:00 pm

Dozens of cyclists take up residence at the Village starting September 13 for “training” rides that “climb” Mount Greylock ahead of the group’s 240-mile trek to Boston, which departs from the Village on Thursday morning, September 15.

Register at http://www.berkshirestoboston.com/BerktoBos

Sep
20
Tue
Traditional Timber-Framing Workshop @ HSV
Sep 20 – Sep 23 all-day

Utilizing centuries-old techniques and tools, participants craft the parts of a small building and assemble its frame over the four days of this intensive course. Hands-on learning is supplemented by demonstrations and discussions.

Timber Framing at Shaker VillageRegister directly with either Jack Sobon 413-684-3223, or Dave Carlon, 413-684-3612.

Sep
23
Fri
Quilter’s Day @ HSV
Sep 23 all-day

A day for those who love quilts, including quilt appraisals, a quilt trade show and the grand-opening of “Harvest of Quilts,” the annual show in the Round Stone Barn.quilt show up close, no people

Sep
24
Sat
Country Fair 2016 Sept 24 & 25 @ HSV
Sep 24 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

This two-day Fall festival fills the Village with food trucks, craft exhibitors and a farmers market!  All historic buildings are open and staffed as usual — plus a juried quilt show (vote for your favorites).  Drawing of the winning ticket for the Hancock Shaker Quilt raffle on Sunday. Chicken races and other kids’ activities, and displays of antique tractors and farm equipment, both days.

Farmers and hand-crafters interested in exhibiting can download an application online at countryfair.hancockshakervillage.org.CF

Sep
25
Sun
Country Fair 2016 Sept 24 & 25 @ HSV
Sep 25 all-day

This two-day Fall festival fills the Village with food trucks, craft exhibitors and a farmers market!  All historic buildings are open and staffed as usual — plus a juried quilt show (vote for your favorites).  Drawing of the winning ticket for the Hancock Shaker Quilt raffle on Sunday. Chicken races and other kids’ activities, and displays of antique tractors and farm equipment, both days.

Farmers and hand-crafters interested in exhibiting can download an application online at countryfair.hancockshakervillage.org.

Oct
8
Sat
Harvest Supper @ HSV
Oct 8 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The evening begins with an hour-long tour of the historic Village, emphasizing the Shaker agricultural legacy, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Brick Dwelling with tastings of beer, wine, ale and spirits.  Spirited Supper

Oct
29
Sat
Harvest Supper @ HSV
Oct 29 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The evening begins with an hour-long tour of the historic Village, emphasizing the Shaker agricultural legacy, followed by a gourmet dinner in the Brick Dwelling with tastings of beer, wine, ale and spirits.  Spirited Supper

Oct
30
Sun
Last day of the 2016 season @ HSV
Oct 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Instagram winner Winter at HSVThe last day of the regular 2016 season.  Guided tours continue to be offered every weekend in November through Thanksgiving Weekend.  Call 413-443-0188, 213 to schedule.