Holiday Happenings at Hancock Shaker Village, Dec 6 – 8

Join Hancock Shaker Village this weekend, December 6 to 8, for a magical winter weekend, filled with wagon rides, holiday crafting, Shaker baking, brunch with Santa, a gingerbread house contest, carols, and candlelit strolls throughout the beautifully decorated village. 


Join Hancock Shaker Village this weekend, December 6 to 8, for a magical winter weekend, filled with wagon rides, holiday crafting, Shaker baking, brunch with Santa, a gingerbread house contest, carols, and candlelit strolls throughout the beautifully decorated village.

DATES/TIMES/ADMISSION: Friday, December 6 – Sunday, December 8, 2019

See descriptions below for specific event times. In addition to the events, the Village is open all weekend from 10 am–4 pm.

Friday, December 6, 7 pm
Live music with American roots band Moonshine Holler. A roaring fire. Food trucks. Cool holiday cocktails and local beer. Grab an ugly sweater and kick off the holidays.
$12 cover at the door; wear an ugly sweater and get $2 off

Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 10 am–2 pm
This classic event was so popular last year that we’ve added a second date. 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 (click here for Saturday and here for Sunday) $45/40.50 members (includes admission); children 12 and under $25/22.50 members.

Saturday, December 7, 6 pm
Chef Brian Alberg spins a contemporary twist on traditional holiday foods. 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.

Sunday, December 8, 2–4 pm
If you’ve never made your own wreath, we have the workshop for you. Enjoy a glass of wine and snacks as you craft a gorgeous wreath using fresh fir, juniper, pine, and other natural, locally sourced materials. Jed Thompson from Township Four will help you create the most beautiful wreath for your door.
TICKETS $80/72 members; includes materials, appetizers, and wine.

Sunday, December 8, 4 pm & 6 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.

Friday–Sunday, 10 am–4 pm
Bakers of all ages and skill levels will exhibit their Hancock Holidays Gingerbread Houses. The theme is works of architecture, and bakers were invited to show their interpretation of an architectural masterwork, a fanciful creation from imagination, a personal dwelling, or a building from Shaker Village.

Sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union and Ward’s Nursery and Garden Center

1843 West Housatonic St.
Pittsfield MA, 01201



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Shaker Swamp Conservancy Meeting, Nov 11

The Shaker Swamp Conservancy is an all-volunteer New York State Not-For-Profit corporation, governed by a board of directors. The group’s goal is to raise awareness of the ecological and historical significance of the 495-acre Shaker Swamp, a natural wild tract of land in the center of the Town of New Lebanon.

The SSC is taking the lead in New Lebanon’s efforts to discover how knowledge about medicinal botanicals was transmitted from the Native Americans to the Shaker Society, and then to the Tilden Company. The Tilden Company, the first pharmaceutical company in the US, built its factory adjacent to the Shaker Swamp.

The Conservancy group meets throughout the year to report on the progress of the Project, work on communication with supporters and partners, especially the Columbia Land Conservancy, the Farmscape Ecology Program and landowners, and discuss how best to extract the history of the Swamp, revitalize it and make it public, and provide opportunities for education and recreation.

The next meeting is open to the public, and scheduled for this Saturday, at the New Lebanon Library. The meeting will be followed by a short walk to the swamp area.

Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 3:00pm

Free and open to the public.

New Lebanon Library
550 State Route 20
New Lebanon, NY 12125
Phone: 518-794-8844


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Hancock Shaker Village Summer Revival Gala August 13



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Hancock Shaker Village’s annual gala – Summer Revival – is tomorrow, August 13, 2016, from 5pm to 9pm.

This event, which is a benefit for the village, will include libations, artisanal cheeses and charcuterie in the Shaker gardens. There’s also a Farm-to-Table feast by Fire Roasted Catering and desserts from Magnolia Bakery (yes, the NYC Magnolia). The day also includes musical performances and a silent auction.

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Tickets range from $200 (individual) to $5,000 for a table of 10.

For more info, and tickets, click here.

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