Oct
20
Sun
What’s in the Attic?
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Go behind the scenes for a guided tour of some of Hancock Shaker Village’s most significant historic buildings, including the Laundry & Machine Shop, Brick Dwelling, and historic barns. See collection highlights and learn about Shaker architecture and material culture as you explore rarely seen areas of the Village. Participants will climb several flights of stairs. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

TICKETS $30/27 MEMBERS; includes Village admission. Limited to 8 people; reservations strongly encouraged.

Oct
24
Thu
Farm Friends
Oct 24 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

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.

INCLUDED IN ADMISSION/FREE TO MEMBERS

Haunted Hancock
Oct 24 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an after-hours, spine-chilling evening of ghosts and mystery. Walk the dark paths of the village, hear true tales of ghostly sightings, and discover the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement. Tours are 90 minutes and include walking over uneven terrain and climbing several flights of stairs. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

FEE $30/27 MEMBERS. Reservations required.

Oct
26
Sat
Halloween at Hancock
Oct 26 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Witches, ghosts, and goblins roam the Village. Trick-or-treat in costume. Learn how Shakers celebrated Halloween. Get spooked with ghost stories and fortune-telling. Bob for doughnuts. Hop on a “flying” Shaker broom. Meet Valerian the Garden Witch. All ages welcome.

INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION/FREE FOR MEMBERS

The Best and the Wurst
Oct 26 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Sample the best regional beers and hard ciders and enjoy live music on a late fall afternoon. Additional food—old-world and Shaker-style sausage made with regionally sourced meats—and drinks will be available for purchase.

Tickets include admission to the historic village, so come early and enjoy the buildings and grounds.

ADVANCE TICKETS $20/18 MEMBERS; DAY OF $25/22.50 MEMBERS. Kids 12 and under FREE.

Oct
27
Sun
Shaker Foodways Workshop: Pumpkins & Squash
Oct 27 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

In response to the popularity of our summer Shaker Foodways tour, the Village will offer three workshops this fall. Travel back in time through your taste buds to experience Shaker cuisine. Make and sample several seasonal Shaker recipes while learning about the history of the Shakers’ dietary practices and food production. The program is held in the 1830 Brick Dwelling kitchen. No cooking experience required; all ingredients provided. Participants may wish to bring an apron.

Sunday, September 22—Why Pie? Learn the secrets of a good pie crust, test out a Shaker rolling pin, and use Village apples to make an apple pie.
Sunday, October 27—Pumpkins & Squash: Work with recipes that feature these staples of the fall garden.
Sunday, November 17—A Shaker Harvest: In preparation for Thanksgiving, sample recipes that take advantage of the fall harvest.

FEE per session: $40/36 members; includes Village admission

Oct
31
Thu
Haunted Hancock
Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us for an after-hours, spine-chilling evening of ghosts and mystery. Walk the dark paths of the village, hear true tales of ghostly sightings, and discover the Shakers’ role in the spiritualist movement. Tours are 90 minutes and include walking over uneven terrain and climbing several flights of stairs. Suitable for ages 12 and up.

FEE $30/27 MEMBERS. Reservations required.

Nov
9
Sat
Food for Thought: Dinner with Jake Levin
Nov 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Take your barbecue love affair to new heights with butcher and charcuterie expert Jake Levin, author of The Smokehouse Handbook. Levin, a native of the Berkshires, will demonstrate mouthwatering smoking and curing methods and discuss the importance of buying local, pasture-raised meat—and how this decision impacts the environment and builds community connections. A farm-to-table dinner follows.

“Jake Levin is the prime minister of smoke, and this book will show you why — it is equal parts function, fire, and flavor.” — Dan Barber, Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns

“I have long appreciated Jake’s talents as a butcher and salumist. His genuine love of cooking shines through in this rich exploration of the ancient art of smoking.” — Mark Firth, Co-founder of Diner and Marlow & Sons, owner of Prairie Whale

“This is a really wonderful book. If you think you have no interest in smoked foods, Jake Levin will show you the error of your ways.” — Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet and author of My Kitchen Year

Tickets include dinner, wine, and a copy of the book.

Sponsored by October Mountain Financial Advisors

Nov
16
Sat
Workshop: Woven Holiday Ornaments
Nov 16 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Jazz up your Christmas tree or make the perfect gifts in this workshop. Make three festive woven ornaments: an eight-point snowflake and a puffy heart, woven in thin maple strips, and a reindeer, woven in dyed reed. Suitable for ages 14 and up; beginners welcome.

Instructor: Sandy Salada. A basket maker since 1995, Sandy weaves a variety of baskets, including patterns of her own design, patterns by other teachers, and reproductions of cultural and historical baskets. She teaches in her home studio as well as at Shaker Heritage Society in Watervliet, New York and at Hancock Shaker Village.

FEE $30/27 MEMBERS, plus a $15 cash-only materials. Pre-registration required.

Nov
17
Sun
Shaker Foodways Workshop: A Shaker Harvest
Nov 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

In response to the popularity of our summer Shaker Foodways tour, the Village will offer three workshops this fall. Travel back in time through your taste buds to experience Shaker cuisine. Make and sample several seasonal Shaker recipes while learning about the history of the Shakers’ dietary practices and food production. The program is held in the 1830 Brick Dwelling kitchen. No cooking experience required; all ingredients provided. Participants may wish to bring an apron.

Sunday, September 22—Why Pie? Learn the secrets of a good pie crust, test out a Shaker rolling pin, and use Village apples to make an apple pie.
Sunday, October 27—Pumpkins & Squash: Work with recipes that feature these staples of the fall garden.
Sunday, November 17—A Shaker Harvest: In preparation for Thanksgiving, sample recipes that take advantage of the fall harvest.

FEE per session: $40/36 members; includes Village admission

Nov
24
Sun
Winter Wreath ’n’ Sip
Nov 24 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the incredibly talented florist Jed Thompson from Township Four for a fun afternoon of holiday wreath-making, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials—some foraged from our property. While crafting, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks.

TICKETS $80/72 MEMBERS

Nov
30
Sat
Grateful Shaker Supper
Nov 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

A candlelit dinner awaits in the historic Brick Dwelling, where the Shakers ate communally for more than a hundred years. You’ll savor a glorious seasonal feast just steps from our garden, where our autumn harvest is at its peak, accompanied by live music. After dinner, tour the iconic dwelling to cap off the magical evening.

TICKETS $90/81 MEMBERS; pre-registration required.

Dec
6
Fri
Yule Jam
Dec 6 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Grab an ugly sweater, get in the holiday spirit, and join us at the Village for Yule Jam. We’ll have live music in The Believers’ Room, a roaring fire, food trucks, cool holiday cocktails, and local beer.

$12 COVER AT THE DOOR; wear an ugly sweater and get $2 off.

Dec
7
Sat
Brunch with Santa
Dec 7 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This classic event was so popular last year that we’ve added a second date (also offered Sunday, December 8). Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and take part in crafts, music, story time, and visiting with animals in the Round Stone Barn. Fun for the young and young at heart.

TICKETS $45/40.50 MEMBERS (includes admission); children 12 and under $25/22.50 members. Pre-registration required.

Holidays Around the World Dinner
Dec 7 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

James Beard award-winning chef Brian Alberg spins a contemporary twist on traditional holiday foods. Kick off the season with sample delicacies from countries around the world that will leave you satisfied, curious, and ready to make merry.

TICKETS $65/$58.50 MEMBERS; children 12 and under $30/27 members. Pre-registration required.

Dec
8
Sun
Brunch with Santa
Dec 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

This classic event was so popular last year that we’ve added a second date (also offered Saturday, December 7). Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and take part in crafts, music, story time, and visiting with animals in the Round Stone Barn. Fun for the young and young at heart.

TICKETS $45/40.50 MEMBERS (includes admission); children 12 and under $25/22.50 members. Pre-registration required.

Winter Wreath ’n’ Sip
Dec 8 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join the incredibly talented florist Jed Thompson from Township Four for a fun afternoon of holiday wreath-making, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials—some foraged from our property. While crafting, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks.

TICKETS $80/72 MEMBERS

Service of Lessons & Carols
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us in the 1830 Brick Dwelling for choral music, singing of familiar carols, and readings by noted Berkshire residents. The service, modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held in England in 1918, has been described as “an ambience of mystery, splendor, hope and joy.” Led by Rev. Mark Longhurst of the Williamstown First Congregational Church and musician Karl Mullen.

Service of Lessons & Carols
Dec 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us in the 1830 Brick Dwelling for choral music, singing of familiar carols, and readings by noted Berkshire residents. The service, modeled on the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols first held in England in 1918, has been described as “an ambience of mystery, splendor, hope and joy.” Led by Rev. Mark Longhurst of the Williamstown First Congregational Church and musician Karl Mullen.