Hancock Shaker Village Opens in 2022 with Baby Animals 20th Anniversary Celebration | Local announcements


HANCOCK, Mass. – In a few weeks, Hancock Shaker Village will open its barn doors and welcome visitors to meet the baby animals and celebrate a new life on the farm. This beloved annual renewal ritual marks the start of spring in the Berkshires and launches the museum’s spring/summer programming. This year’s dynamic program includes a campus-wide exploration of the connection between the Shakers and contemporary Asian art, a gem of an exhibition on broom design and functionality, and grassroots events ranging from goat yoga to outdoor lawn concerts to Food for Thought.

“Spring in Hancock Shaker Village is a joyous time,” said director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. “Our farm literally ‘comes to life’ and there is perhaps nothing cuter than a baby animal. When you add to that 20 historic buildings and plenty of creative programming – from farm talks to concerts to spiritual richness on broomsticks – you find a union with content that creates an unparalleled experience. Welcome back and welcome to our 2022 season!

Baby Animals returns to celebrate its 20th anniversary from April 16 to May 8. Meet the newcomers and take part in hundreds of events and activities, from daily Farming 101 talks with the farm team, to a discussion of Shaker’s lasting influence on design, to walks, games and talks every day. Enjoy the Easter brunch at Bimi’s Café and go on a scavenger hunt to find the Easter chicks. On Sheep Shearing Weekend, April 23-24, watch the flock get their hair cut every year. Follow wool from fleece to fabric during After the Shearing weekend, April 30 and May 1. And don’t forget behind-the-scenes tours for a personalized experience. Very popular, there are a limited number of seats on each tour and they sell out quickly. See demonstrations of blacksmithing, woodworking, dyeing, spinning and weaving, and on weekends, take a pony ride and get your face painted. Open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

In 2022, Hancock Shaker Village will also present its first major exhibition of contemporary Asian art, featuring three artists working at the forefront of international art trends. A Spirit of Gift, A Place of Sharing is a campus-wide exhibit that opens May 30 that explores the connection between 19th-century Shaker and contemporary Asian art. Featuring three artists – Yusuke Asai from Japan, Kimsooja from Korea, and Pinaree Sanpitak from Thailand – the campus-wide exhibition connects forms rooted in diverse Asian sensibilities and aesthetics as manifested in the contemporary visual language of these three artists, sharing an intense concentration of minds, an artisanal intimacy and a unique use of space. Although of different origins and distances, these artists and the Shaker community are all dedicated to a place of sharing. This is the third time in 30 years that Hancock Shaker Village has explored a connection between Asian aesthetics and the very American utopian Shaker religious movement. More information about the exhibition, which runs from May 30 to November 14, is available on the website.

In the Chace Gallery, Swept: This Work I Will Do features the work of artist and broom squire Cate Richards who, inspired by Shaker broom makers, will create sculptural objects with established broom making techniques to explore the gender, race, equality and other issues. Some of Richard’s sculptures are made from traditional broom making materials (broom and wood) while others will use fiber, plastic and metal. These anachronistic sculptures comment on the history and potential historical gaps in American broom-making, highlight contemporary broom-making practices, and explore the Shaker idea of ​​the broom as a spiritual object. The exhibition opens on June 17 and will run until November 27, 2022.

In the Brick Dwelling, several of the historic period rooms are being revamped, with themed gallery spaces. In each of these rooms, the legacy of Shaker design for American artists will be exhibited along with masterpieces from important collections. Rarely seen artifacts, furniture and textiles from Hancock’s collection will be displayed alongside period pieces depicting Shaker favourites. Themes such as death and mourning, textile processes and Look Again! an in-depth study of pulpits from various Shaker communities, will provide new and varied perspectives on Shaker beliefs and practices.

Enjoy a Friday night under the stars with the Back Porch concerts. Bring a blanket or chair and claim a spot on the lawn. The bar is open and Bimi’s Café will serve dinner or picnics during the summer concert series beginning July 1 with Boston singer-songwriter Ali McGuirk. On July 22, enjoy Grammy-nominated Carolina Chocolate Drops member Hubby Jenkins and his Americana music. Regional favorites with national fame, The Nields return with their brotherly harmonies and pointed stories on August 12. And on September 2, award-winning banjoist, fiddler, singer and ethnomusicologist Jake Blount takes the Back Porch stage to perform music that draws on bluegrass and blues influences, specializing in the traditional music of African Americans and Indigenous forest peoples. from the southeast.

An inspired menu combined with a dynamic speaking opportunity is the recipe for our Food for Thought dinner series. Craft cider maker Berkshire Cider Project joins us for a special cider maker dinner on July 14th. Learn about how their fine, sparkling cider is made from heirloom apples picked from the historic orchard during a savory, alfresco multi-course dinner with craft cider pairings. August 18 Know Your (Chignon) Farmer presents a great collaboration between farmers and two rising stars in food. Lucky guests will stroll through the gardens (glass of wine in hand) with the farmers, then settle in for a dinner from scratch in the barn curated by Mariah and Justin Forstmann of Chingon Taco Truck. Chingon’s culinary mission is to connect with the land and food culture of the Berkshires, and they will work directly with the farm team to prepare a special dinner.

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