Thursday, October 17, 6-10 pm

Light painting photography is the art form that uses handheld lights to “paint” a scene while the shutter of the camera is left open during a long exposure. By shooting in a dark location and using the photographic technique of long exposure, flashes, streaks, colors, textures, and trails of light are created and captured without post-production work. Exposure times for light paintings can range from just a few seconds to an hour or more.

Required equipment: DSLR camera, tripod, and flashlight. Participants should have knowledge of the camera’s manual settings. Suggested (not required): remote trigger.

Instructor: Fred LeBlanc. Fred has worked as a professional commercial, corporate, and editorial photographer for more than forty years. As a way of giving back to his profession, he teaches the art of digital photography in his print studio in South Hadley, at Greenfield Community College, and at Hancock Shaker Village.

FEE $70/63 MEMBERS. Pre-registration required. Rain date: Friday, October 18. To register, click here.


Sundays, October 27 and November 17, 11 am-1 pm

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, October 27—Pumpkins & Squash: Work with recipes that feature these staples of the fall garden. Click here to reserve.

Sunday, November 17—A Shaker Harvest: In preparation for Thanksgiving, sample recipes that take advantage of the fall harvest. Click here to reserve.

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

Saturday, November 16, 1-4 pm

Jazz up your Christmas tree or create 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. To register, click here.

Sundays, November 24 and December 8, 2-4 pm


Nothing like the scent of fresh evergreen to get you in the holiday spirit. Join uber-creative 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.

This sells out, so we suggest reserving early.

TICKETS $80/72 MEMBERS; includes materials, appetizers, and wine. Click here to reserve for Nov. 24 and here for Dec. 8.


We offer one-on-one workshops in:

  • Weaving
  • Spinning
  • Chair seat weaving
  • Basic woodworking

For full descriptions, click here.

These two-hour workshops will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the participant and the instructor. Workshop fee is $90/$80 for HSV members, plus materials fee if required. Other topics may be available upon request.

Advance registration required; call 413-443-0188 ext. 115, or email Hannah Schockmel.