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Travel Resources

Amtrak Empire Service between Albany, Hudson or Rhinecliff, NY and Penn Station, NYC.

Amtrak Lake Shore Limited between Pittsfield and South Station, Boston.

Bard Bus and Shuttle  On select summer weekends, Bard offers round-trip bus service from Manhattan’s Lincoln Center directly to the Fisher Center, exclusively for performance ticket holders: $30 round-trip. Reservations are required. Box dinners can be ordered in advance for $10. Bard also offers shuttle service from and to the Poughkeepsie Metro-North train station for select performances: $10 each way.

Mega-bus between Albany and Ridgewood, N.J. and Penn Station, NYC.

Metro-North Railroad between Wassaic, Dover Plains, or Poughkeepsie, NY and Harlem (125th Street)  or Grand Central Station, NYC.

Peter Pan Bus Lines  Boston/Albany route serving Albany, Great Barrington, *Lee, Lenox, *Pittsfield, Stockbridge, Williamstown, and Boston South Station and Boston Logan Airport  (*greater frequency, better fares). NYC/Williamstown route serving Williamstown, Lee, Stockbridge, Great Barrington, MA, or Canaan, CT and Port Authority Bus Terminal, NYC.

Roosevelt Ride Free Shuttle  Free round-trip shuttle service daily (summer through October) from the Poughkeepsie train station to Hyde Park, Val-Kil, the Vanderbilt Mansion, Top Cottage, and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum so Metro-North train passengers can tour historic sites without a car. For reservations and tour info, call the Wallace Visitor Center: 845-229-5320.

Weather Underground
The radar is especially useful for tracking snow, sleet and thunderstorms.

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Authentic Americana: A Shaker Style Country Fair

Rural Intelligence Road TripsYou wont find fried dough or a ferris wheel at the 11th Annual Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair.  You will find a pie-baking contest and wagon rides. There will be a juried show of new and antique quilts in the Round Stone Barn (as well as a hands-on opportunity to help create a “Linus” quilt for the needy), and a food tent (with offerings from Route 7 Grill, Castle Street Cafe, Pittsfield Brew Works and the Village’s own Florence Gould Cafe.)  Rural Intelligence Road TripsThe theme of the fair is “sustainability,” which was the Shakers’ creed, and the village has enlisted vendors who work in that spirit to fill the Farmers’ Market and Artisan Tents, where they will sell everything from maple-sugar treats and artisanal cheese to hand-crafted furniture, candles, and textiles. “It’s so important to us that the Country Fair showcases sustainability in all its dimensions and makes it fun for families to learn about our mission and its connection to sustainable principled living,” says Ellen Spear, president and CEO of Hancock Shaker Village.

Hancock Shaker Village Country Fair
Route 20, Pittsfield, MA; 413.443.0188
September 27 & 28; 10 AM - 5 PM
Adults: $15; Youth 13 - 17: $7.50; Children under 12: Free



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