The Shakers were on a spiritual quest, a centuries-long search for harmony and order that would bring them closer to their God. Still they were not opposed, at various times in their history, to a glass of hard cider or a gill of rum. In the end they even made wine.
History has come full circle at the Hancock Shaker Village where visitors now can seek their own harmony by basking in the aura of the sun setting over the Taconic range while clearing their chakras with vinyasa yoga. The session ends with a glass of vino.
Classes—$30 for non-members and $27 for members—will be offered 8-9PM on July 20th and August 10th and are open to all ages (ID required to drink). Participants should bring a mat, a towel and an open mind. For reservations go to www.hancockshakervillage.org.
Perhaps listening to music in the peaceful surroundings of the Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary in Lenox is more to your taste. Mass Audubon opens its Trailside Music Series, part of the celebration of the sanctuary’s 90th anniversary, this Friday from 6-8PM with a performance by The Picky B’s.
Participants should bring a picnic, some blankets and chairs to relax on the lawn. There will be food on sale and concert-goers age 21 and older can purchase beer from Big Elm Brewing. Outside alcohol is not permitted.
The music is free but registration is required by going to massaudubon.org.