Who inspires you? Festival of Trees 2019 features more than 100 dazzling holiday displays that celebrate those who motivate us to reach great heights, attempt the impossible, and change the world. Each tree in this family-favorite exhibit is designed and decorated by a local business, school, or organization in honor of their own heroes, from the action-packed caped crusaders of the silver screen to the everyday heroes in our community. Throughout this year’s festival, guests will be invited to share what they believe makes a hero as part of a special, constantly evolving display.
Make three festive woven ornaments: an eight-pointed snowflake and a puffy heart, woven in thin maple strips, and a reindeer, woven in dyed reed. Workshop appropriate for ages 14 and up.
Instructor: Sandy Salada. A basket maker since 1995, Sandy weaves a variety of baskets, including patterns of her own design, patterns by other teachers, and reproductions of cultural and historical baskets. Sandy teaches in her home studio as well as at Shaker Heritage Society in Watervliet, New York, and at Hancock Shaker Village.
Join uber-talented florist Jed Thompson from Township Four for a fun afternoon of holiday wreath-making, using fresh Fraser fir, juniper, pine, and other natural materials—some foraged from our property. While crafting, enjoy a glass of wine and snacks. TICKETS $80/72 MEMBERS
Gobble up nature and escape the hectic pace of Black Friday with a peaceful guided walk on our one-mile Farm & Forest Trail. The walk ends in the barnyard, where you can meet our turkeys and say hello to other animals.
INCLUDED WITH ADMISSION/FREE TO MEMBERS
A candlelit dinner awaits in the historic Brick Dwelling, where the Shakers ate communally for more than a hundred years. You’ll savor a glorious seasonal feast, accompanied by live music, just steps from our garden. After dinner, tour the iconic dwelling to cap off the magical evening.
TICKETS $90/81 MEMBERS; pre-registration required.