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Full slate of Mother’s Day activities planned at Hancock Shaker Village

May 9, 2019 12:03 pm

HANCOCK, Mass. — Bring the whole family to relax, recharge, and explore Hancock Shaker Village’s 19th century gardens and 20 historic buildings on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All activities are included in admission (free to members). Mothers take home a seedling to remember their special day. Attendees of the O+ Festival in North Adams on May 10-11 receive free admission to Hancock Shaker Village on May 12 with an O+ wristband.

Activities include:

Talk: Strong Women (11:30 a.m.): What was it like to be a 19th century Shaker woman? Learn how they managed healthcare, wellness, work, and being equal with men 150 years before women’s suffrage.

Talk: Medicinal Herbs (1:30 p.m.): Discover the fascinating story of how the Shakers gathered wild herbs, then cultivated plants for plant-based wellness, eventually selling the surplus. By the mid-1800s doctors were ordering hundreds of different herbs, and the Shakers had a booming business. The talk moves from the garden to the apothecary and infirmary of the 1828 Brick Dwelling.

Gong Sound Healing Meditation (2:30 p.m): Using the technology of Kundalini Yoga, this class begins with a short breath meditation and then moves into the soundscapes of the gong. Meditate or simply relax and heal. All levels of experience and all ages are welcome.

A special Mother’s Day brunch will also be offered in Seeds Market Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 adults/$14 children (tax and gratuity not included). Email for reservations or call (413) 329-8832 by Thursday, May 9. Admission to Hancock Shaker Village is not required to dine at Seeds.


Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum on 750 acres in the heart of the Berkshires, is located at 1843 West Housatonic St., Pittsfield, Massachusetts. A National Historic Landmark, the property includes 20 historic Shaker buildings dating back to 1783, and the oldest working farm in the Berkshires with heritage breeds and heirloom gardens. The museum is home to more than 22,000 artifacts including furniture, textiles, hymnals, and everyday goods, making it one of the premier

Shaker Mercantile offers a unique selection of goods made simple, beautiful and with purpose. Museum admission is not required. 413.443.0188 x246 / Seeds Market Cafe highlights the spirit and nature of the Shaker’s authentic living heritage. Seasonal menu items offer Shaker-inspired, neighborhood-sourced lunch and snacks daily, as well as special event dinners. Museum admission is not required. 413-418-9100.

Hancock Shaker Village is open for the season April 13 to Nov. 11. Hours through June 30 are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (open until 5 p.m. on Thursdays through May 2) and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 1 to Nov. 11. Admission is $20/adults ($18 for seniors, AAA members, MTA cardholders, and active and retired US military), $8 youth (ages 13-17), and FREE for children 12 and under, courtesy of Berkshire Bank