PITTSFIELD -- Hancock Shaker Village is partnering with the Highland Street Foun dation to offer free ad mission Friday, July 20, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., as part of the Free Fun Fridays Program.
Fifty cultural institutions throughout the commonwealth are participating in this program, which invites Massachu setts residents and tourists to visit different designated cultural attractions every Friday this summer for free. No registration is required.
Hancock Shaker Village is an outdoor living history museum and center for the study of principled living in the 21st century. The fully restored Village includes 18 historic buildings, heirloom medicinal and vegetable gardens, 22,000 examples of Shaker furniture, crafts, tools, and clothes that depict daily life at the Shakers -- City of Peace through its 220 years -- as well as heritage breed farm animals and hiking trails.
There are daily tours, craft and cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops, and a variety of activities for children and families, as well as a Museum Store and Shaker-inspired cuisine at the Village Harvest Café. The Discovery Room offers hands-on opportunities for kids of all ages to try their hand at chair seat weaving, working at a loom, trying on Shaker-style clothing, or milking a life-sized replica of a cow. An interactive audio tour is available.
Information: 800-817-1137 or www.hancockshakervillage.org.