Saturday, June 11, 2016

Father's Day at Hancock Shaker Village

HSV plans special Father's Day activities, with hikes, talks, and Brew and Brats
woodworker for rack card 2014  Dad-specific activities like woodworking demonstrations (pictured) are scheduled for Father's Day at Hancock Shaker Village.
PITTSFIELD, MA ..... Bring your favorite father figure to the Village for special programming, talks and demonstrations, included in regular admission, on Father's Day, Sunday, June 19.

Join the guided hike to the old Village sawmill and reservoir at 11 am, then enjoy a smoked sausage from Savory Harvest (11 am to 2 pm, cash only) and a beer from Big Elm Brewery (12 noon to 2 pm, cash only).

Learn all about Beer Basics with home-brewer Chris Finn at his two scheduled talks on the subject at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Observe black-smithing with Jim Szalkucki, and woodworking demonstrations throughout the day. Don’t miss the Brick Garage and the Shaker's own automobile, a 1923 REO sedan.

For an additional fee, go behind the scenes on the Attics and Basements Tour at 2 pm. For only $10 more than regular admission ($30 per person, which includes the regular $20 admission for the day), you get 90 minutes with an expert museum educator who will show dad all kinds of cool Shaker stuff the average visitor doesn't get to see.  What a special way to punctuate dad's visit! 

About Hancock Shaker Village

Hancock Shaker Village, a three-star Michelin destination located at the intersection of Route 20 and 41 in Pittsfield, offers visitors an intact historic Shaker site with 20 buildings, 22,000 artifacts, 750 acres of scenic beauty, interpreted nature trails, unencumbered mountain views, a working farm with live animals and vibrant community-supported gardens. Visitors learn about the Shaker community via an orientation film, personal interaction with museum educators, changing exhibitions, 35 historic period rooms, a newly renovated and expanded Discovery Barn for children’s activities, and a variety of other hands-on activities and demonstrations, including Shaker trade crafts.

The Shaker community at Hancock began in 1790. At its peak some 300 Shakers lived, worked and worshiped within the Village. In 1960 it became a museum preserving the rich Shaker legacy. Today, Hancock Shaker Village is the most comprehensively interpreted Shaker site in America.  It is accredited by the American Association of Museums, designated a National Historic Landmark, and named an Official Project of Save America’s Treasures. Hancock Shaker Village has a modern visitor center with  function space, classrooms, galleries, a chef-managed restaurant and store.   

Hancock Shaker Village is open seven days a week through October 30.  Hours are 10 am to 4 pm through June 26.  Starting June 27, visitor hours extend to 5 pm through the end of the season.  Children ages 12 and under are admitted free, courtesy of Berkshire Bank.  Adult admission is $20, with discounts for AAA members, military, and seniors.   Youth admission,  ages 13 to 17, is $8.  For more information, visit


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