Hancock Shaker Village Celebrates Shaker Design on Stamps

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PITTSFIELD, Mass.  Hancock Shaker Village announced it has been selected as the host site for the launch of a special line of commemorative Shaker Design stamps on June 20, 2024.
 
The U.S. Postal Service will issue Shaker Design stamps to coincide with the 250th anniversary of the arrival of the Shakers in America. The set of 12 stamps celebrates the beauty of Shaker design and features photographs of items that highlight its core elements: simplicity and utility, said a press release.
 
"It’s an honor to be selected by USPS as the host site for the Shaker Design stamp launch," said Carrie Holland, director and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village. "These stamps pay tribute to the unique nature of Shaker design and its place in
Americana, and we invite the whole community to celebrate this special day for the Pittsfield and the Shaker community with free admission to the Village on June 20."
 
The stamps feature images taken at Hancock Shaker Village and other historic Shaker sites across the United States.
 
In conjunction with the USPS First Day of Issue celebrations, Hancock Shaker Village will host a variety of activities throughout the Village featuring programs for all ages including: postcard-making crafts, a stamp scavenger hunt, a pop-up
bar with specialty beverages, lectures, tours, special exhibits, and other farm
activities.
 
The 12 stamps will be on display in the Round Stone Barn along with a pop-up shop where the stamps will be available for sale from 11am to 4pm on June 20.
 
 

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Pittsfield Starbucks Closed Temporarily

By Sabrina DammsiBerkshires Staff

A sign outside the coffee shop assures customers the closure is only temporary. 
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Your alarm goes off, you get ready, and you leave for school, work, or whatever your appointment a little bit early to get a cup of coffee to start your day, only to find that the Pittsfield Starbucks, located at  555 Hubbard Ave., is closed. 
 
The sign has been removed, and the drive-through is blocked, but Starbucks coffee addicts need not worry — this closure is only temporary. 
 
The coffee shop closed its doors temporarily on July 7 to undergo a standard renovation with the chain's new Siren System, a Starbucks spokesperson said. 
 
According to the signage, the reopening date is projected to be Aug. 21. 
 
According to its website, the Siren System is part of the chain's Starbucks Reinvention plan, which aims to improve the experience for partners and staff by responding to changing needs and increasing demands. 
 
"As a standard course of business, we continually evaluate our store portfolio using various criteria to ensure we are meeting the needs of our customers," the spokesperson said. 
 
The chain's article on unveiling its innovations said, "Over the past few years, the number of cold beverages ordered has surpassed the number of hot drinks year-round. And, two in three drinks ordered have requested customizations such as extra espresso shots and flavorings."
 
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