May
15
Fri
Opening Day: Baby Animals
May 15 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

It’s the event of the year: Baby Animals, a celebration of new life on the farm and the opening day of our spring season. Meet and greet the animals in the Round Stone Barn, tour the historic village, and enjoy a wide range of activities, from pony rides and face painting to art-making and music. Check this page for more details as they are added.

Admission is $20 for adults, $8 for youth age 13-17, and FREE for kids age 12 and under.

May
24
Sun
Shaker Barn Music: Sean Rowe
May 24 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Singer-songwriter Sean Rowe’s songs reflect a longing for connectedness. Spending a year at an outdoor survival school provided the impetus for the songs on his acclaimed album Magic, while the music on his fifth and latest album New Lore has evolved into an electrifying combination of folk, bluesy rock, and pop.

$25 ($20 members); kids 12 and under free. Reserve online or call 413.443.0188.

Sponsored by Blue Q, Interprint, No Depression

Doors open at 6 pm.

Photo: Amos Perrine
May
25
Mon
Let’s Talk Design
May 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

As we commemorate our 60th anniversary, we also celebrate a year of design at Hancock Shaker Village. Sarah Margolis-Pineo, curator of By Design and Notes about Home, leads a talk and tour of both exhibitions. You’ll get a close look at the objects on display, insights into the exhibitions, and fascinating anecdotes about our history. Included with admission/free for members.

Image: Zoe Mowat brushes/Furnishing Utopia

Jun
4
Thu
Berkshires Soup
Jun 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Take action toward building a stronger community though Soup, a new dinner and micro-fundraising event to support positive change in Berkshire County. Soup’s on at 6:30, followed by short pitches by invited community members who have ideas to improve life in our region. Soup attendees discuss each proposal and vote for the idea with the biggest community impact. The pitch with the most votes wins the funds raised at the door to kickstart the project.

$10 suggested donation; includes tasty vegetarian soup, salad, bread, and lively conversation. Cash bar. BYOBS (bring your own bowl and spoon).

Jun
6
Sat
Plant & Sip
Jun 6 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Be inspired by our beautiful medicinal herbs as you design a fragrant container garden to take home. Use culinary and medicinal herbs found in our 19th-century heirloom garden to create a gorgeous outdoor planter—and have a glass of wine and light appetizers while doing so. Fun to do with friends.

$80 ($72 members); includes materials, snacks, and wine. Advance registration required.

Jun
11
Thu
After Hours: Let’s Dance
Jun 11 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A lively new After Hours locale has emerged. Join us in changing settings throughout the Village every second Thursday evening this summer. From music and stargazing to poetry and more, indulge in the amazing ambiance of this place after dark. This month, we celebrate dancing—an integral part of Shaker life—and turn up the heat with a Latin dance lesson in the Brick Dwelling, led by Berkshires Salsa instructor Alan Franco and accompanied by Spanish guitarist (and expert woodworker) Ben Schmolze.

FREE; food and drink available for purchase

Jun
13
Sat
Northeast Fiddlers Convention
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 11:00 pm

This traditionally inspired old-time music gathering, presented with Oldtone Roots Music Festival, features a fiddle and banjo contest, an open jam session in the historic Round Stone Barn, and even more picking and jamming throughout the Village. We’ll top it off at 7 pm in the 1910 Barn with a square dance called by Alex Udis, plus a concert with Patrick McGonigle (Lonely Heartstring Band) and Allison de Groot (Molsky’s Mountain Drifters/The Goodbye Girls) and friends. Food and craft beers available all day. Camping available.

Adults $35 (includes Village admission); free for kids 12 and under. Camping $15 per adult/$10 per child.

Sponsored by No Depression

Jun
19
Fri
Food for Thought: Ruth Reichl
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ruth Reichl has been writing about food since 1972, when her first cookbook was published. She went on to become editor in chief of Gourmet magazine, food critic, and host of PBS’s Gourmet Adventures with Ruth—and garnered six James Beard awards along the way.

Over cocktails and dinner, Reichl will dish on her latest book, Save Me the Plums, the story of a former Berkeley hippie entering the corporate world and worrying about losing her soul. Come hear the legend talk about her latest book, which is “juicier than a Peter Luger porterhouse” (New York Times).

$100 ($90 members); includes dinner, wine, and a copy of the book. Advance registration required.

Sponsored by October Mountain Financial Advisors

Photo: Michael Singer/Penguin Random House

Jun
21
Sun
Shaker Kitchen Class: Jake Levin
Jun 21 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In this Father’s Day cooking class and tasting session, chef Jake Levin—aka “The Roving Butcher”—will take you through a comprehensive class of smoking meats, a process that’s been around since the Paleolithic Era. From butchering and prep to smoking, you’ll be ready to BBQ like a pro and add mouthwatering flavor to everything from salmon to brisket.

Levin, author of the gorgeous Smokehouse Handbook, is head butcher at Hudson Valley Charcuterie/Raven and Boar Farm.

$65 ($58 members); advance registration required.

Photo: Keller + Keller Photography

Jun
27
Sat
The Ultimate Shaker Woodworking Weekend
Jun 27 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Discover the secret to the Shakers’ exceptional woodworking and sharpen your skills while making three quintessential Shaker objects: an oval box, a peg rail, and a stepstool. To round out the two-day experience, participants will tour historic buildings and examine authentic examples of the objects being made. Instructors Peter Forward and Rick Ryer welcome all skill levels, especially beginners.

$250 ($225 members); all materials included. Advance registration required.

Photo: Talya Phelps

Shaker Barn Music: Meaghan Farrell
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Straight from Nashville, singer-songwriter Meaghan Farrell knows how to tell a story. From her first LP, Waitress—filled with songs about her life as a newly sober, broken-hearted waitress in a busy New York City restaurant—to her latest EP, Long Shot, Farrell shares her passion, struggles, and laughter in her melodic musings. With co-writers like Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), Ariel Lask, and Andy Mac, and produced by Dave Bechtel (Nick Howard, Buddy Brown), Long Shot is proof that Farrell is here to stay.

$25 ($20 members). Reserve online or call 413.443.0188

Sponsored by Blue Q, Interprint, No Depression

Shaker Barn Music: Meaghan Farrell
Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Straight from Nashville, singer-songwriter Meaghan Farrell knows how to tell a story. From her first LP, Waitress—filled with songs about her life as a newly sober, broken-hearted waitress in a busy New York City restaurant—to her latest EP, Long Shot, Farrell shares her passion, struggles, and laughter in her melodic musings. With co-writers like Jimmy Fortune (Statler Brothers), Ariel Lask, and Andy Mac, and produced by Dave Bechtel (Nick Howard, Buddy Brown), Long Shot is proof that Farrell is here to stay.

$25 ($20 members); reserve online or call 413.443.0188.

Sponsored by Blue Q, Interprint, No Depression

Jun
28
Sun
The Ultimate Shaker Woodworking Weekend
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Discover the secret to the Shakers’ exceptional woodworking and sharpen your skills while making three quintessential Shaker objects: an oval box, a peg rail, and a stepstool. To round out the two-day experience, participants will tour historic buildings and examine authentic examples of the objects being made. Instructors Peter Forward and Rick Ryer welcome all skill levels, especially beginners.

$250 ($225 members); all materials included. Advance registration required.

Photo: Talya Phelps

Jul
13
Mon
Summer on the Farm: Session 1
Jul 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 1, held July 13-17, is for children entering 2-4.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
14
Tue
Summer on the Farm: Session 1
Jul 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 1, held July 13-17, is for children entering 2-4.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
15
Wed
Summer on the Farm: Session 1
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 1, held July 13-17, is for children entering 2-4.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
16
Thu
Summer on the Farm: Session 1
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 1, held July 13-17, is for children entering 2-4.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
17
Fri
Summer on the Farm: Session 1
Jul 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 1, held July 13-17, is for children entering 2-4.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
20
Mon
Summer on the Farm: Session 2
Jul 20 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 2, held July 20-24, is for children entering 5-7.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.

Jul
21
Tue
Summer on the Farm: Session 2
Jul 21 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Spend a fun-filled week at our vibrant farm and village! Session 2, held July 20-24, is for children entering 5-7.

Challenge your taste buds. We’ll sample produce from the Village’s vegetable and herb gardens and prepare Shaker recipes in the historic Brick Dwelling kitchen.

Pitch in to help our farmer care for the sheep, chickens, and other animals during daily chores.
Craft to your heart’s content as we spin wool, weave, make a basket, and work with wood.

Imagine life in the 1800s as you ring the Dwelling bell, sing and dance, visit the schoolhouse, and explore the Village’s hidden secrets—even a ghost story or two!

Click here to register.