There's a village that sits on 7,500 acres of farm, field and woodlands, with 20 buildings, 22,000 examples of Shaker life, heritage farm animals and lavish gardens. It's in Pittsfield, Mass., and it's open year round offering tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures, and a variety of activities for children and families appropriate to every season. It's Hancock Shaker Village [HSV] and their annual Winter Weekend has arrived.
Slated for this weekend, the Hancock Shaker Village 22nd annual Winter Weekend is an event that offers visitors a peek into yesterday with traditional and fun activities. Inside, cooking demos are offered for adults, and crafts for the kids. How-to talks about starting a backyard sugaring operation will be offered, as well as other hands-on programs. Outside activities include ice harvesting, horse-drawn sleigh rides, nature walks, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The ice harvesting is particularly exciting as Hancock Village Shakers have cut, harvested and transported ice from the reservoir for cooling and refrigeration purposes since the 1800s.