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Brunch with Santa

Here’s a quintessential holiday activity. Enjoy a delicious buffet, sit on Santa’s lap, and have fun with other seasonal activities such as crafts, music, story time, and visiting our animals in the Round Stone Barn. Tasty foods include eggs (from our chickens), pastries, and even mac ‘n cheese. Fun for the young and young at heart.
TICKETS Adults $45/$40.50 members; Children 12 and younger $25/$22.50 members

Candlelit Evening

Experience the magic of an enchanted evening at a Shaker village filled with New England traditions, live music, storytelling, festive foods, candlelight, and caroling. The landscape takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by twinkling lights. Stroll by lantern light to the historic 1910 Barn for live music. Meander into the Round Stone Barn to see our young calves (bring your cameras for the cutest photo opportunities), not to mention goats, lambs, pigs, rams, donkeys, and chickens. Wander into the Brick Dwelling for a holiday reading, followed by appetizers, cocktails, and punch for the kids. End by luminaria caroling through the historic village.
TICKETS $45/$40.50 members; Children $25/$22.50 members

Wreath ‘N Sip

Join us for a relaxing evening as you design and craft a fragrant seasonal wreath to take home. Grab a drink, take a seat, and we’ll guide you step-by-step in using natural greens and cones to make a wreath to celebrate the season and enjoy its aroma. Perfect to do with friends! Registration includes materials, snacks, and wine. Reservations required.
TICKETS $90/$81 members

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

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Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

FIND OUT MORE.

Thanksgiving on the Farm

Hancock Shaker Village is the ideal setting to spend time with family and friends over the holiday weekend. The grounds are open for you to enjoy. Visit our heritage-breed turkeys in the barnyard and say hello to other animals in the barn. Then create your own crafty barnyard animal in the Discovery Barn to take home. Meander along the Farm & Forest Trail or hike the Shaker Trail. Learn about the Shakers and see their beautifully designed objects in the 19th-century Brick Dwelling anytime, or on tours at 11am and 2pm. Visit our Round Stone Barn at your leisure or join a guided tour at noon. Then head to the Laundry & Machine Shop, witness the power of the turbine, and learn about Shaker sustainability. Woodworking and blacksmithing demos throughout the day. Shop for the holidays in Shaker Mercantile for handcrafted goods you can’t find elsewhere. Warm up with spiced local cider and autumn lunch at Seeds Market Cafe.

Included In Admission/Free To Members

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Will Call #53: It’s a Wonderful Life at Shakespeare & Company

Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles, and Sarah Jeanette Taylor in "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted by Joe Landry, directed by Jenna Ware (photo by Enrico Spada.
Jennie M. Jadow, Ryan Winkles, and Sarah Jeanette Taylor in "It's a Wonderful Life," adapted by Joe Landry, directed by Jenna Ware (photo by Enrico Spada.

Ensemble of five proves that It’s a Wonderful Life (yes, still!)

The cast of It's a Wonderful LIfe — Jennie M. Jadow, Sarah Taylor, David Joseph, Jonathan Croy and Ryan Winkles (photo by Enrico Spada).
The cast of It’s a Wonderful LIfe — Jennie M. Jadow, Sarah Taylor, David Joseph, Jonathan Croy and Ryan Winkles (photo by Enrico Spada).

Today is Tuesday, December 13, and this is Episode #53 of Will Call. I’m your host and pretender to the Will Call throne, Jason Velázquez, and I thank you for joining us! Keep Reading

Top Left Corner #37: The BSRW “Tinseliner”—Holiday Magic on Rails

The Hoosac Valley Train Ride, the “Tinseliner,” provides a dose of holiday nostalgia in a form of moving history that enchants all the senses. To help round out the experience, the North County organization, PopCares has set up an old-time Christmas Tree stand complete with a free marshmallow roasting fire and hot chocolate.

Visitors can step back in time as the visit the Hoosac Valley Train Rides' museum car, which also serves as ticket booth and gift shop (photo, Jason Velázquez).
Visitors can step back in time as the visit the Hoosac Valley Train Rides’ museum car, which also serves as ticket booth and gift shop (photo, Jason Velázquez).

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