Two options: 10 am to noon, or 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
Learn to roll your own candle using home-grown beeswax. Take it home in a custom box. Learn wax techniques and lots of bee lore. Materials and equipment provided by instructor. Perfect for kids ages 12 and up. Children 8 to 12 must attend with an adult. Class limited to 12 students. Instructor is Joe Moncecchi.
Hike the Farm & Forest Trail with an expert interpreter. Survey two hundred years of resource stewardship as you learn how the Shakers worked the land! Pastures, woodlands, orchards and other terrain will be explored, with a look toward the Village’s current sustainability efforts in water and solar power and management of its community-supported agriculture program. The hike, which is appropriate for all ages, is an official Heritage Walk held in cooperation with the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area, Inc. The Farm & Forest Trail is universally accessible.
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.
A two-day Fall festival that fills the Village with food trucks, craft exhibitors and a farmers market! All historic buildings are open and staffed as usual, too. Juried quilt show and drawing of the winning raffle ticket for the Hancock Shaker Quilt. Chicken races and other kids’ activities. Display of antique tractors and farm equipment.
Farmers and hand-crafters interested in exhibiting can download an application online at countryfair.hancockshakervillage.org.
Hone your digital photography skills with Berkshire Eagle photographer and photo editor Ben Garver. Workshopincludes both classroom and field time, with ample opportunity to practice the techniques you learn. Designed to inspire and guide your growth and expression as a photographer, this workshop also includes time to evaluate photos for subject, composition and other aspects.
Ben Garver, a photographer and photo editor with the Berkshire Eagle for more than a decade, is an Ohio native. He attended Middlebury College and has lived in New England most of his life pursuing nature’s solace.
PLEASE NOTE: Bring you own digital camera.
Part of Massachusetts Archaeology Month, this “Green Tour” focuses on the Hancock Shakers’ 19th-century water-power technology and other examples of renewable energy at the Village, past, present and future. Included will be a demonstration of the 1858 water turbine, and an easy-to-moderate hike to the Village’s North Family Archaeological site to view the ruins of Shaker mill buildings and dams. Clothing and footwear appropriate for walking in the fields and woods is required.
Led by Curator Lesley Herzberg and offered exclusively to our Peer-to-Peer Collectors and other selected Shaker furniture enthusiasts, this tour will be guided by the interests of the participants. Tell us what you want to see or learn! Re-discover old favorites or discover new gems in the HSV collection.
This is a private auction held at Hancock Shaker Village that welcomes the public to attend and bid — NOT an auction of material from the Hancock Shaker Village collections. Auction attendees can visit the historic Village for the group rate of $15. Preview dates are October 10 and 11 (check the Willis Henry website for exact hours).