Spring at Hancock Shaker Village
Come See the Adorable Baby AnimalsBy: - Apr 15th, 2021
It's spring at Hancock Shaker Village. That means time for one of its most popular events. For family fun come see all the newborn animals from lambs and piglets to chicks and goats.
At the Manship Artist Residency
All About Quarries, Ponds, and Rocks!By: - Nov 22nd, 2022
All about quarries, ponds and rocks! This article presents a photo and word essay - in the format that I have exhibited at the Eclipse Mill as well as this summer/fall at the Berkshire Art Museum in North Adams, MA.
Picking Grapes in Alsace
Memories of France in the 1970sBy: - Sep 04th, 2022
Charles Giuliano's sister Pip's youthful travels in Asia bring back memories of France in the 70's and my interface with Weltschmer
Napa's Auberge du Soleil
Gordon Huether's L’Esprit du SoleilBy: - Jul 15th, 2022
Auberge du Soleil, Napa Valley’s quintessential adult getaway, and renowned local artist, Gordon Huether, today unveiled “L’Esprit du Soleil” (The Spirit of the Sun), a commissioned multi-panel art piece designed especially for the newly remodeled entrance to the award-winning hotel and its Michelin Star Restaurant.
The Dishwasher Dialogues
Down and Out in Paris in the 1970sBy: - May 11th, 2022
The Dishwasher Dialogues is a tale of being down and out in Paris in the 1970s. George James Light and Rafael Sinclair Mahdavi share tales of staying alive working at Chez Haynes a soul food restaurant. It reads like a hipster's Beggars Opera. Literally this is a saga from rags to almost riches.
Come to the Berkshires This Summer!
New Amtrak TrainsBy: - May 08th, 2022
Amtrak just launched a new seasonal service that will make it easier to enjoy the quaint towns and majestic views of Massachusetts' Berkshires. The new route, called the Berkshire Flyer, will shuttle passengers between New York City and Pittsfield, Massachusetts, beginning July 8 and operate on weekends throughout the summer.
Spring Lambs at Hancock Shaker Village
Season Opens Saturday, April 16By: - Mar 29th, 2022
“Spring at Hancock Shaker Village is a joyous time,” said Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. “Our farm literally ‘springs’ to life and there may be nothing cuter than a baby animal. When you add to that 20 historic buildings, and a lot of creative programming --- from farm talks to concerts to the spiritual richness of brooms --- you find a union with content that creates an unparalleled experience. Welcome back, and welcome to our 2022 season!”
Haunted Hancock Shaker Village
Spooky ToursBy: - Oct 01st, 2021
Peer into hidden spaces, with guides sharing tales of ghosts that dwell here and the Shakers' participation in the Spiritualist Movement.
Shaker Village Appeal
Oldest Structure Needs a New RoofBy: - Aug 14th, 2021
Our Laundry & Machine Shop desperately needs a new roof. What's involved? 24,320 cedar shakes. 48,640 nails. 4,500 square feet of roof.
Schedule of EventsBy: - Aug 06th, 2021
The Mount is open for guided tours through October 31. Tours can be booked online at EdithWharton.org. The grounds are open, dawn to dusk, unless otherwise posted.
Hancock Shaker Dinner
Cider House RulesBy: - Jul 09th, 2021
The al fresco evening will begin with a stroll and tasting in the orchard, then move onto a multi-course savory farm dinner, featuring craft cider pairings as well as remarks by the cider makers and our farmer about the cider and the apples.
Shaker Village Update
South Family Trail Opens July 17By: - Jun 25th, 2021
In 1818 the Hancock Shakers established the South Family to handle the overflow of new members. Also known as the "Young Believers’ Order," South Family members lived before committing fully to the Church and community. They closed the South Family in 1849. In celebration of the opening of the South Family Trail on Saturday July 17, there will be member reception and interpretive walk starting at 10AM.
Juneteenth At Shaker Village
Celebrating BLack ShakersBy: - Jun 18th, 2021
Beginning in the eighteenth century, the Shakers welcomed many African Americans into their communities. The Shakers believed that all were equal in the eyes of God, and allowed anyone to join their communities, provided that they turned over their property and all material wealth once they committed to communal life.
Shaker Village Contest
Bake the Round BarnBy: - Nov 17th, 2020
Get creative in the kitchen. All submissions will be exhibited during Hancock Holidays on Saturday, December 12. Winners receive free membership to the Village and kitchen swag from Shaker Mercantile.
Michelin Star Cafe Boulud At Blantyre
Blantyre Is a Berkshires Gilded Age MansionBy: - Jul 19th, 2020
Chef Daniel Boulud, a two star Michelin Chef at 'Daniel' in Manhattan has brought his crew to run his one star Michelin restauarant, 'Cafe Boulud' at the Gilded Age Mansion, Blantyre (Lenox, Massachusetts). The French inspired restaurant will remain open, Wednesday to Sunday, through mid-October.
Hungarian Cabernet Franc
My Dad's Nickname Was 'Cab Franc'By: - Jul 11th, 2020
Everyone has a story to tell. Not all of us have wine stories. This is one about my Dad and why I went into the wine business.
Tanglewood Opening Day 2020
A No Frills ExperienceBy: - Jul 06th, 2020
Opening day at Tanglewood, at 10 AM in July 5, was not what one expected.
Chesterwood to Open Soon
Berkshire Home of Daniel Chester FrenchBy: - Jun 25th, 2020
Chesterwood, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1969, was the former summer home, studio and gardens of Daniel Chester French (1850-1931), one of America’s foremost 20th century public sculptors. Although French is best known for his statues of the Minute Man in Concord, Massachusetts and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., he also had a passion and talent for garden and landscape design.
Spa Journeys for Astral Travelers
What A TripBy: - Jun 10th, 2020
Canyon Ranch may be just down the road for Berkshireites, but in the time of Covid, it's as inaccessible as the moon. Jessica Robinson suggests how to satisfy a spa yearning safely.
Hancock Shaker Village
A PledgeBy: - Jun 05th, 2020
Since the late 18th century, the Shakers have embraced individuals of all racial and cultural backgrounds as equals – including black, brown, and indigenous. We are a museum, not Shakers – but as a museum and in keeping with the historic Shaker values of equality and justice, we are appalled by what we see before our eyes across America.
Hancock Shaker Village Phase One
Campus Access as of June 4By: - May 29th, 2020
On Thursday, June 4 as part of Massachusetts Phase 1 initiative, Hancock Shaker Village will open only its outdoor spaces—including its beloved baby animals in outdoor fenced-in areas—to the public Thursdays through Sundays, 10 am–3 pm. This schedule will be in place at least through June, as the Village plans for a full reopening in Phase 3.
Ethiopia: Part Two
Simien Mountains, Gondar, Bahir DarBy: - May 15th, 2020
Simien Mountains, known as "Roof of Africa", is an ecological hot spot for endemic species such as the gelada monkeys. Gondar highlights the architectural glory of the once capital of Ethiopia for 200 years. Bahir Dar is located in the southern shore of Lake Tana, which harbors many islands home to ancient monastic churches with completely painted interiors related to Ethiopian Orthodox liturgy.
Cape Ann Rocks!
Quarries, Poles Hill, Ocean LedgesBy: - Jan 06th, 2023
Quarries, Poles Hill, Ocean Ledges and gratitude weave through the following essay, with 30 plus photographs.
Bottoming Out on the GlobeBy: - Mar 13th, 2023
Friends have asked for reports about our Antarctic cruise. I have broken it into categories for picking and choosing. It was a 9-day journey on Atlas Ocean Voyages, a new luxury brand, on the World Navigator. We had previously decided to give the Antarctic a miss because of the potential misery of four days on the Drake Passage. Then we learned of "Fly the Drake" (i.e., launching the cruise from South Georgia Island rather than Argentina or Chile) and became interested.
Ethiopia: Part One
Addis Ababa, Aksum, LalibelaBy: - May 01st, 2020
Ethiopia is a wondrous land of majestic mountains, ancient cultures, beautiful people and architectural treasures. Addis Ababa, the modern capital city; Aksum, the one time capital of the ancient Aksumite Empire, and the holy city of Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with eleven rock-hewn churches, leave one with indelible memories.