Hilltown Families


Youth Invited to Participate in Hancock Shaker Village’s Annual Pie Contest Deliver to Village on Sept 28th. Hancock Shaker Village’s annual Country Fair takes place on September 29th and 30th! The festival celebrates the fall harvest and all of the many food-related activities and traditions that the season brings. Especially exciting is the festival’s annual pie contest, which features an amateur division for young baker-extraordinaires! Entries in the contest must be baked… Read More

Hancock Shaker Village Offers Volunteer Opportunities for Families There is a unique volunteer opportunity available for families with older children happening at one of our living museums! Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA offers families with children ages 13 and older the chance to volunteer at the village, and there are many different activities to help out with! During the spring, volunteers are needed to help with Baby Animals on the Shaker… Read More

Student Tours at Hancock Shaker Village Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield is a fantastic resource for learning about local history and Shaker culture, and the village even offers educational group tours!  Designed specifically to fit within the state’s learning standards, the tours teach kids all about life during the 19th century.  Though the tours are designed for classes, homeschool groups, scout troops, and other groups of kids can do the tours, too!… Read More

Hancock Shaker Village 50th Anniversary Country Fair Hancock Shaker Village’s 50th anniversary Country Fair promises fun for the whole family with Shaker-inspired games in the Kids Tent, a farmers’ market with samples of heirloom vegetables to taste, a juried fine craft show, wagon rides, antique engines and tractors, sustainable gardening tips, a pie contest, square dancing demonstration, quilt show, and more. Celebrating the bounty of the harvest, the Country Fair will be… Read More

Hancock Shaker Village 50th Anniversary Charter Day It’s the Hancock Shaker Village’s 50th anniversary and they are celebrating with Charter Day, a family-friendly celebration of Hancock Shaker Village’s official “birthday” as living history museum on August 21st, 10:00am to 5:00pm in Pittsfield, MA. This fun-filled day will include: Lawn games Wagon rides Shaker story time Kids concert with Mister G Clara and Claire, a short play for young audiences Free ice cream… Read More

The Family Friendly Berkshires: A Place to Dig Culture—and Dinosaurs Dipping your feet in a rushing stream, flying kites on a spectacular open hillside, picnicking amid a lush mountain landscape: Images of summer in the country conjure up powerful memories—and are why many of us have to visit a pastoral spot to vacation. Our children love rural adventures, too, but youngsters today need more than simple pleasures. Berkshire County’s year round mix… Read More

Hancock Shaker Village 8th Annual Spring Celebration April 3rd through April 25th, 2010 in Pittsfield, MA Hancock Shaker Village (HSV) kicks off its 50th anniversary as a living history museum with Baby Animals on the Shaker Farm, running April 3rd through April 25th, 2010. This annual spring celebration is one of the most exciting times of the year at the Village, when scores of baby lambs, piglets, calves, goats, ducklings, and chicks… Read More

Call for Pie Bakers and Quilters to Compete at the 12th Annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair Warm up your rolling pins and get stitchin’! Hancock Shaker Village seeks entrants to the pie contest and juried quilt exhibition at the 12th annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair on September 26th & 27th in Pittsfield, MA. PIE CONTEST The pie contest will include both professional and amateur categories (get the kids baking!), with… Read More

Blacksmiths Converge on Hancock Shaker Village for Age of Iron Weekend: An opportunity to get the whole family involved in the art of blacksmithing Blacksmiths from all over the northeast will converge on Hancock Shaker Village in Pittsfield, MA for the Age of Iron Weekend on Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16, 2009. The two-­day family event features demonstrations of blacksmithing and metal work. Forges and workshops will also be set… Read More