The 22nd Annual
Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair
A heritage fall celebration featuring regional artisans, local farmers, and local food
Saturday, September 28, 10am-6pm & Sunday, September 29, 2019, 10 am-5 pm
We are located at 1843 West Housatonic St. in Pittsfield.
Dates: Saturday, September 28 & Sunday, September 29
The Village is open both days from
10am – 5pm
Please be sure to park in our main lot.
The Leadership lot is reserved for accessible parking and those with permits.
$20 | Adults
$18 | Seniors
$8 | Ages 13-17
Kids 12 and under are FREE courtesy of
Discounts available for AAA members, MTA cardholders, EBT cardholders, and active and retired US Military
Members visit anytime for FREE! Join today.
Why support Hancock Shaker Village? Your membership supports renewable resources, local agriculture, respect for the environment, reducing consumption, a commitment to peace and equality, and fine craftsmanship.
Your support also makes programs like the Country Fair possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Country Fair is a beloved tradition that celebrates the Berkshires’ beautiful confluence of nature, culture, and artistry.
Explore some of the best the Berkshires has to offer in a magical historical setting. Take part in workshops, watch demonstrations, and compete in our hot sauce contest. Kid-friendly activities range from face painting and crazy balloon creations to egg tosses and sack races. Country Fair is a convergence of historical enthusiasts, nature lovers, artisans, chefs, and so much more. There’s truly something for everyone.
Come and enjoy an exciting performance by the Breffny Irish Dancers. A children’s dance group run by Jennie Darby at Terpsichore Dance Center in Pittsfield, they are affiliated with Cumann Rince Naisiunta, an Irish dance organization based in Ireland. Performing September 29th, times TBA.
REGIONAL FOOD & CRAFTS
Explore tents full of unique items handcrafted by talented artisans. Peruse fresh fruits, vegetables, jams, honey, and other products grown and created by conscientious neighborhood farmers.
Click on images to learn more.
Bowey the Clown
Nantucket Lightship Basket
Plus: By Francine K, M. Karlen Art, Maggie Kern Crafts, and Quiltboxes
A new addition to the Country Fair, the Fiber Festival brings together some of the region’s finest fiber artisans and enthusiasts to our iconic Round Stone Barn.
Plus: Thistle Dew Craftery, Foxhill Farm, and The Spin-Off Yarn Shop
HARVEST OF QUILTS
A show of new and antique quilts
Harvest of Quilts Friday – Sunday, September 27-29 | 10 am – 5 pm
The Quilting Friends of Hancock Shaker Village thank you for your participation.
2019 QUILT RAFFLE
Win a beautiful quilt made by the Quilting Friends of Hancock Shaker Village. The quilt will be raffled Sunday, September 29 at 4 pm. Ticket-holder does not need to be present to win. Purchase raffle tickets at the ticket desk or in Shaker Mercantile for $2 each or $10 for six. Proceeds benefit the educational program at Hancock Shaker Village.
TIMBERFRAMING: A Traditional Approach
Fees: $720/648 HSV Member. Pre-registration required.
Learn the craft of timber framing with eighteenth- and nineteenth-century tools and techniques in a beautiful outdoors setting. Participants will cut and raise a small timber-frames building while honing skills in hand hewing timbers; selecting timbers; Square Rule and Scribe Rule layout systems, care and use of traditional hand tools; layout and cutting of timber joinery on both sawn and hewn timbers; riving and shaping trunnels (pegs) using a shave horse; and assembly and raising of the frame.
Instructor Jack Sobon and Dave Carlon have taught this workshop for more than thirty years.
CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF KNITTING CHARTS
Saturday, September 28 10am – 1pm
Fees: Pricing will be available soon. Pre-registration required.
Linda Courtney, of Knitwise Design, will lead this exciting workshop on knitting charts. Participants will be taught step by step how to knit a design from charted instructions. In this workshop, attendees will begin an “earbud” pattern. These ear warmers make the perfect holiday gift!
Participants should be comfortable with basic knitting skills (such as knitting, pearling and casting on). Participants should bring the following materials: scrap yarn, appropriate needles for knitting class samples, pencil, scissors, 50 yds of bulky weight yarn, and straight needles in size to get an approximate gauge of 3sts/in garter stitch with your yarn.
Instructor: Linda Courtney is an experienced knitter, teacher, and pattern maker. She has taught extensively at yarn stores, community learning centers, and fiber festivals. Linda publishes her patterns on Raverly, Etsy, and Patternfish, and her own website Knitwise Designs.
CLASSIC DORSET BUTTONS
Sunday, September 29 10:30-12:30
Fees: A $10 material fee payable directly to the instructor, full pricing will be available soon. Pre-registration required.
Known as Dorset buttons, these fasteners were first made commercially in Dorset, England in the 17th century. For the next 200 years, making buttons by hand was a thriving cottage industry in the region. In this workshop, led by Gwen Steege, participants will learn how to make beautiful buttons that can be used for hand-crafted wearables, pendants for necklaces, bracelets, earrings, holiday ornaments, and much more. No experience required for this exciting workshop.
Instructor: Gwen Steege is an accomplished knitter, weaver, spinner and dyer who loves creating homemade items with a personal and unique touch. For over 30 years, Gwen was a senior acquisition editor at Storey Publishing and is the author of The Knitter’s Life List and co-author of The Weaving Explorer.
NEEDLEFELTING: BABY HEDGE HOG
Sunday, September 29 1:30-3:30
Fees: A $15 material fee payable directly to the instructor, full pricing will be available soon. Pre-registration required.
Lead by Going Gnome, this beginner friendly needle felting class will bring participants through the process of a needle felting project, from start to finish. All attendees will make adorable baby hedgehogs to give as a gift or to keep for yourself (we won’t tell)!
This workshop is geared towards ages 16 and up.
Instructor: Sisters Jennifer and Melissa VanSant created their company in 2005 and have brought their products to shows and wool festivals up and down the east coast.
HOT SAUCE CONTEST
Saturday, September 28 | Time to be announced
Think your sauce is the boss? Find out just how well it stands up against the competition!
We’re having a heat wave, and the weather has nothing to do with it.
A farm fresh feast from the seat of your favorite bicycle
The Village comes alive Sunday with 400 cyclists participating in Farm to Fork Fondo, an organized bike ride from farm to farm that begins and ends at Hancock Shaker Village.
A “Bucket List Event” – Men’s Health & SELF Magazine
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