Suggested Events 02/14/09-02/20/09

Winter Weekend 2008 at Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA

Horse-drawn sleigh rides will be offered during the Hancock Shaker Village's annual Winter Weekend in Pittsfield, MA this weekend.


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In Pittsfield, MA, the Hancock Shaker Village’s annual Winter Weekend (Feb. 14 to 16) is filled with countless family activities that celebrate the winter season.  Activities will include ice harvesting at the Shaker reservoir, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and nature walks, in addition to a number of indoor offerings, too. Visitors will have a chance to participate in craft projects, cooking demonstrations, and tours of historic Shaker buildings, in addition to exploring the village on their own from 10 a.m to 4 p.m. daily.

The Hancock Village Shakers cut, harvested and transported ice from the reservoir for cooling and refrigeration purposes in the 1800s, and during Winter Weekend, Dennis Picard will present ice-harvesting demonstrations that include narrative on the centuries-old art.

Inside, cooking demonstrations will be held for adults, and kids’ craft sessions are planned for younger visitors. Displays of Shaker maple sugaring artifacts and how-to talks about starting a backyard sugaring operation will also be provided, along with other activities.

For more information, call the village at (800) 817-1137, or visit


For the second year in a row, Uncle Rock will be co-hosting our Valentine’s Day Episode this Saturday, 02/14/09..  Tune in on Saturday from 9-10am at 103.3FM (Northampton, MA) or listen via streaming audio at

And … we’re still offering four free tickets to see the Golden Dragon Acrobats present Cirque D’Or performed live in Northampton, MA at the Calvin Theater on Sunday, March 1st, at 4 pm, courtesy of Iron Horse Entertainment. Deadline to enter is Wednesday, 02/25/09 @ 7pm (EST).  We’ve gotten a grea response.  If you haven’t entered to win yet, there’s still time! Click HERE for more details.  You can also increase your chances to win by checking out Bill’s post here.

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Events Happening in the Hilltowns

Saturday – 02/14/09

Happy Valentine’s Day

Sunday – 02/15/09

Weekday 02/16/09-02/20/09 [School Vacation Week]

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