Baby Animals

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Baby Animals 2018-02-23T08:22:23+00:00

Celebrate spring and meet newborn piglets, lambs, calves, chicks and kids at the barns, and explore the historic village too!

Trail Fun•Games•Music•Story Time

Pony Rides•Face Painting•Balloon Art

Blacksmithing•Cooking•Woodworking•Gardening•Milking

Weaving•Spinning•Dying

Thanks to our sponsors:

Every  day:

  • Visit the animals, make-and-take a craft and play in the Discovery Barn, then head to the Shaker Schoolhouse.
  • View highlights of the Dairy Ell renovation 10:30am & 2:30pm
  • Hear more about Shakers during talks at 11am & 3pm
  • Circle around for story time 11am & 2pm
  • Witness the water turbine demo at 1pm
  • Clap and sing along to Shaker music at 1:30pm
  • Take a Medicinal Herb Garden tour at noon

Tuesdays are Dairy Days. Watch woodworking on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Visit a blacksmith every Saturday and Sunday. Things are cooking in the 1830s kitchen on Saturdays. Tour the Farm at 4 on Thursdays (we are open until 5pm!). Play Farm Bingo every Sunday at noon & 3pm.

Pony rides, face painting, and balloon art on weekends. Weather permitting. Fees apply.

April 14-May 20
Susan Merrill: A Celebration
Susan Merrill’s barnyard paintings will be on exhibit for the last time in the Poultry House Gallery. Enjoy the legacy of this Berkshire artist and lifelong animal lover.

Saturday, April 14
BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS 
We welcome Reverend Mark Longhurst of the First Congregational Church of Williamstown for a blessing of the animals in the center of the iconic Round Stone Barn at 10:30. Included in admission/FREE to members

Thursday, April 19
SHAKER SUSTAINIBILITY TOUR
The Center for EcoTechnology presents a tour highlighting innovative practices of the Shakers. Discover how this forward-thinking community met its needs sustainably and serves as an example today. Offered throughout the day. Included in admission/FREE to members

Saturday, April 21, 11am & Noon
BARNYARD DANCE
Calling the young and young-at-heart to promenade around the barn with master square-dance caller Cliff Brodeur and the Housatonic Philharmonic, a trio of Berkshire-based American folk musicians who play hoedowns as well as timeless tunes. Included in admission/FREE to members

Sunday, April 22, 10am-4pm
MEET BERKSHIRE SEED LIBRARY
Berkshire Seed Library visits to teach the importance of saving and sharing seeds. Plant a seed to take home and make a seed packet (the Shakers invented them!) At 2pm, tour our greenhouses where seeds get their start. Included in admission/FREE to members

Saturday, May 5, 11am and 1pm
WALK AND WONDER
Join us on the Farm and Forest Trail for a guided family-friendly (and stroller-friendly) walk to explore the plants and creatures that live there. Included in admission/FREE to members

Sunday, May 6, 1-3pm
THE FARM GAMES
As Baby Animals draws to a close, join us for Farm Games.  Friends from Greenagers (the organization that brings you the Farmers’ Olympics) will be on hand to run you through your farm paces with events like a bucket carry, a wheelbarrow push, and a hay bale roll.Included in admission/FREE to members

Behind-the-Scenes Farm Tours

Hop on the hay wagon with Farmer Bill and his knowledgeable staff and ride trails through the gardens and forest to a private area where family memories will be born as you help during feeding time and have special access to our newest additions.
Tours are offered every day at 11am and also at 1pm on weekends plus April 16-20.

click for your Behind-the-Scenes Tour tickets

Sheep Shearing Weekend: April 28 and 29

The Village’s merino sheep are this weekend’s stars. Throughout the weekend, follow the wool from sheep to cloak: sheep-shearing with champion shearer Fred DePaul, spinning, dying, and weaving demonstrations. Give spinning and weaving a try yourself. See rarely-displayed Shaker-made woolen items, including the famous Shaker cloak. Make a wooly sheep in the Discovery Barn or bring needles, yarn, and join a Sit ‘N Knit.

Included in admission/FREE to members

Shaker Maker Knitting Workshop April 29, 10am-3pm 

Make fingerless mittens using the Shaker stitch in this half-day class.
Includes all materials, lunch with wine, and a curator led tour of rare Shaker textiles and tools.
Participants should have experience in knitting, purling, and the use of double pointed needles.
TICKETS $65/$58.50 members. Advance registration required.

Shaker Up Sausage + Beer Friday, April 27, 6:30pm

Think Octoberfest in April. Find Berkshire and Hudson Valley sourced German-style meats, sausages, and charcuterie conscientiously prepared by farm-to-table chef Brian Alberg. Hear from Shire Breu-Hous’, Bright Ideas’, and Wandering Star’s brew masters who will discuss their work to develop some of today’s finest regional brews. Proceeds from this three-course dinner help our efforts to support a farm-driven food culture.

TICKETS $80/$72 members

School Field Trips

Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm offers a fun and educational experience for children in all grades. For teachers, we offer planning assistance before your visit and curriculum-based tour outlines. Enjoy our Picnic Area or use our shared indoor seating for lunch.

Self-Guided Field Trips 

(Recommended during the Baby Animals exhibit)

Tour the Village at your own pace, choosing activities that support your curriculum. After your students receive an introduction from our interpretative staff, they can watch Village artisans and farm staff at work, marvel at the sights and sounds of the 1858 water turbine, and delight in heritage-breed animals in the Round Stone Barn — especially the newborns! Hands-on activities in the Discovery Barn include dressing up in Shaker-style clothing, weaving on a loom, and milking a life-sized replica Holstein cow.

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