HANCOCK, Mass. — Bring the family to Hancock Shaker Village on Sunday, February 16 for The Big Chill, an action-packed day of old-fashioned outdoor (and indoor) fun. The event will be held 11 am–5 pm (historic village closes at 4 pm).

Activities include maple tree tapping, ice harvesting talks, a tour of the Ice House, horse-drawn wagon rides, visits with farm animals in the Round Stone Barn, crafts, blacksmithing and baking demos, snowman making, cider tastings, and cozy board games. Wild Bill and the Flying Sparks, a self-described “honky tonk, roots rockin’ country music band,” takes the stage in the Believers’ Room at 4 pm, led by Wild Bill on the acoustic guitar and The Flying Sparks on pedal steel, lap steel, electric guitars, bass, accordion, piano, and drums. Pittsfield’s own Eagles Brass Band will play throughout the day.

Bring your snowshoes and hike the trails, too. All activities are included with admission ($20 adults, $8 youth ages 13-17, and FREE to kids 12 and under). A variety of food and drinks will be available for purchase at Seeds Market Cafe, and the Shaker Mercantile gift store will be open.

The Big Chill is sponsored by Ascentek Technology Solutions and The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank.


Hancock Shaker Village, a living history museum on 750 acres in the heart of the Berkshires, is located at 1843 West Housatonic Street, Pittsfield, MA. A National Historic Landmark, the property includes twenty 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 collections in the world. Simply stated, Hancock Shaker Village exists to provide an historic context to the Shaker story, to preserve the site and all it contains for future generations, and to bring this narrative to life in compelling ways.

Hancock Shaker Village reopens for the spring season Saturday, April 11, 10 am–4 pm daily. 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.

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