Hancock Holiday Nights

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — This December, Hancock Shaker Village will display a month long multi-sensory experience called Hancock Holiday Nights.
 
The 19th century New England setting will be transformed with festive decorations in five art light projections.
 
"If you've never experienced Hancock Shaker Village at night, you're in for a treat," said Hancock Shaker Village Director Jennifer Trainer Thompson. "There is an exquisite beauty, a palpable peacefulness and sense of wonder. We are thrilled to celebrate the holiday spirit."
 
There will also be a fire. Cocktails and food will be available.
 
Hancock Holiday Nights runs Dec. 2 through Dec.5, Dec. 9 through Dec. 12, and Dec. 16 through 19, and Dec. 27 through Dec. 29. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids 6-18, and free for five and under. Advanced purchase of timed tickets is required. (Tickets are not required for children ages 2 and younger). Entrance to the Village is ticketed in 15-minute increments between 5 and 8PM. Tickets can be purchased here.
 
Those who wish may bring a simple gift of new hats, coats, or mittens to be donated to Berkshire Community Action Council.
 
Highlights:
  • Timber Frame of Wishes – The Timber Frame entrance becomes a wonderland of lit trees capturing visitor wishes.
  • Luminous Wonder – Illuminated projections by artist Joe Wheaton.
  • Lantern-light Strolls - Experience the charm of Hancock Shaker Village by lantern-light, strolling past candlelit buildings.
  • Goodnight Barn – Visit with our farm animals tucked into their stalls for the night.
  • The Mercantile – Shop for Shaker-inspired artisanal gifts and decor.
  • Festive Fire & Bar – Warm up around our fire pit while you enjoy delicious adult and kid beverages.
 
 

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Greenagers Youth Crew to Assess County Bridges and Culverts

By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff

The survey is part of a larger hazard mitigation program to identify areas for flooding and ecological damage caused by climate change.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Greenagers youth crew will be assessing the bridges and culverts of Pittsfield, Lenox, Stockbridge, and New Marlborough over the next two years. 

The environmentally interested teens will be determining what improvements are needed for the infrastructure to support increased precipitation and flooding, wildlife crossings, and stormwater management.

"I think sort of the biggest thing we want to get out there is that if you see folks assessing these structures or in your neighborhood, then it's a Greenagers crew, that it's youth doing this project in their area," Courteny Morehouse, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission's senior planner for the Environmental & Energy Program said.

"And then if they want to get in touch and learn more about the project, or just get engaged, they can contact me they can, they can go and talk to the youth that are there, mostly just want to get folks knowledgeable about the project that's happening."

At the project's conclusion, the four communities will be given a Road Stream Crossing Management Plan (RSCMP) with an inventory of its road street crossings and culverts that need attention ranked by priority.

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