Spring on Shaker Farm Comes Alive with Baby Animals
Hancock Shaker Village Celebrates Spring with New Life
Spring has come to Hancock Shaker Village in all its glory, bringing with it baby animals of all shapes and sizes! Opening for the season after months of snowy and frigid weather, the historic Shaker village is offering visitors the chance to celebrate the coming of spring by visiting with the farm animals’ new babies – chicks, lambs, piglets, and more!
Hancock Shaker Village’s first day of the season will be Saturday, April 11th, 2015, and families can pat, snuggle, and gaze longingly at the young creatures in the village’s historic 1826 round stone barn. A unique structure, the barn was once home to 52 dairy cows in the village’s heyday and, though it has been restored since, it remains a prominent structure within the village. Families will not only delight in visiting the baby animals, but will marvel at the unique structure’s materials and design both inside and out!
In addition to baby animals and a spring-y landscape, families can enjoy special Behind-the-Scenes farm tours at 11am and 1pm, where interpreters will lead families on an exploration of the village’s Field and Forest Trail to see beehives, composters, orchards, greenhouses, and pasture land. Fun and informative for children of all ages, the tour will give visitors a look at the farm’s inner workings and the cyclical nature of farm life. Exploring the greenhouses provides a glimpse of newly sprouted seedlings, beehives teach about pollination, and composters illustrate the final stop for bits of plants and vegetables.
Hancock Shaker Village’s baby animals can be visited daily from 10am-4pm through Sunday, May 3rd. Behind-the-Scenes farm tours are available at 1pm on weekdays and 11am and 1pm on weekends. Admission to the village is $20 for adults and $8 for children. The village is located at 34 Lebanon Mountain Road in Hancock, MA. For more information, call 413-443-0188. Find out more at babyanimals.hancockshakervillage.org.
Free activities during Baby Animals 2015:
- April 18, 11am & 1pm: Family folk music concerts with David Grover
- April 25 & 26, 10am-4pm: Sheep-shearing. Watch as Merino sheep get rid of their winter coats. Special hands-on textile demonstrations will be conducted by volunteers from local spinning and weaving guilds.
- Saturday, May 2, 11am: Story hour for children in the Poultry House Gallery. Susan Merrill shares fun stories with youngsters about the animals she paints. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
- Daily: Discovery Barn, open daily for kids to try their hand at Shaker-themed crafts like basket weaving, loom-weaving, and making and decorating seed packets – just as the Shakers did.