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Baby Animals at Hancock Shaker Village
Hancock Shaker Village opens for the 2024 season on April 13 with the Baby Animals Festival , an annual signal of spring for many Berkshire residents . A family favorite for more than twenty years , visitors are invited to experience the ritual of renewal by welcoming this year ’ s baby animals and the newest arrivals – lambs , piglets , calves , chicks , and kids ( goats , that is ) – and enjoy a wide variety of events and activities throughout the Village .
Baby Animals returns for its 22nd season , opening April 13 ( through May 5 ). Open daily from 11am to 4pm , enjoy daily talks from our farm team and explore the Village . Our popular Behind-the-Scenes tour returns this year as well . Starting at 10am , before the Village opens , these tours provide a hands-on experience with the animals and a wagon hayride around the Village ( special tickets required ; book soon as they sell out quickly ). And if you enjoy a day out on the farm , then you ’ ll love to see our flock get tidied up on Sheep Shearing Weekend , April 20 through April 21 . Celebrate the arrival of spring with our merino sheep as they get their annual haircuts . For a complete list of events and exhibits for the 2024 season please visit hancockshakervillage . org .
Castleton Women ’ s Club
The Castleton Women ’ s Club meeting on April 10 will feature stained glass artist , Karen Deets . Karen came to Vermont in 2010 to enjoy a lifestyle of making glass art mixed with year-round recreation in the mountains , lakes , and woods . She translates what she sees and feels into stained glass art , capturing the feeling and details of the exquisite scenery all around her . Kiln fired painting and fusing are often included in her work . The meeting will be held at the Old Medical Chapel on the Vermont State University Castleton Campus starting with a 12pm buffet lunch and 12:30pm meeting . The program will begin at 1pm . Guests are welcome . For more , call 802-468-5691 .
Raffle Winner Announced
Alyson Ruby Grzyb was the lucky winner in the Restaurant Raffle fundraiser benefiting Arlington Area Child Care ( AACI , Inc ). Alyson won “ dinner for two ” at four area restaurants : West Mountain Inn , Mulligan ’ s ; Zoey ’ s Double Hex , and Ramuntos . AACI is deeply grateful to these restaurants for their generous donation .

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Baby Animals at Hildene
Among the tried-and-true signs that spring has arrived at Hildene , The Lincoln Family Home , is the joyful arrival of kids and lambs at Hildene Farm . The first baby buck , “ Olaf ,” was born two weeks ago , weighing 6.5 pounds to Mum , Mushu , following a fierce snowstorm that packed a wallop for the Southern Vermont region .
By mid-April , there will be lots of kids ( baby goats ) and lambs ( baby sheep ) bouncing around Hildene Farm . Visitors to Hildene will have the chance to meet Olaf and all the other adorable baby animals at the upcoming “ Meet the Baby Animals ” event on April 20 and 21 , from 10am to 4:30pm . This event is free with admission and to members . During the event , visitors can explore both the goat dairy and dene farm , where they ’ ll be greeted by a variety of animals , including baby goats , lambs , alpacas , cows , chickens , rabbits , and , of course , Peaches the pig . Hildene Farm ’ s goat dairy is home to a herd of Nubian goats . During kidding season , dozens of new baby goats are born , and visitors can plan a return visit in June to witness cheese-making from milking to small batch processing , pasteurization , aging , and packaging of cheese . Over summer and fall , Hildene Farm Artisanal Cheeses are available at The Museum Store .
All guests must check in at the Hildene Welcome Center ( 1005 Hildene Rd . in Manchester , VT ) to pay admission or pick up their member stickers . Then enjoy a walk to the goat dairy on the Farm Loop trail . Hildene will provide van rides from there to our animal barn in the dene . Please note that there is no parking at the goat dairy or at dene farm . For more , please contact Program Director Stephanie Moffett- Hynds at 802-367-7960 or at stephanie @ hildene . org .
Tri Town Collectors Club Show
The Tri Town Collectors Club , coupled with other local dealers , will hold a coin , paper money , comic book , Pokémon and sport card / postcard show on April 20 from 9am to 3pm at the Manchester VFW . Many dealers and collectors from the area meet up with a daylong series of hobby activities that is packed with all types of collectibles from vintage to the modern eras . There will be a special guest exhibition of the largest vintage sports collection in Southern Vermont . Show organizer Joe Fuller says there is no admission charge and more information is available at 802-379-2353 or email at Pepsijoseph @ yahoo . com .

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