The Scene: Gala celebrates Shakers endeavor to create 'Utopia'

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PITTSFIELD — "The Shakers endeavored to create utopia, 'a heaven on earth' that was separate from the outside world, where they could live in a communal environment, elevating the common farm to a place where perfection could be attained if one was faithful."

Hancock Shaker Village held its annual summer gala, Utopia, on Saturday, Aug. 4. The sold out event began with cocktails in the gardens, where guests enjoyed fiddlers in the field and a pop-up performance by Katie Workum Dance. A farm-to-table dinner catered by chef Brian Alberg and the staff of Main Street Hospitality followed in the Round Stone Barn. Here, guests were welcomed by gala co-chairs, Hans and Kate Morris and John and Maureen Jerome.

The decor was provided by Township Four, with projections by artist Joe Wheaton and lighting and sound by Encore Audio Event Services.

After dinner, guests danced the night away to DJ Mike Santella and headed home after a small auction and fireworks display by Berkshire Fireworks. The summer gala was sponsored by Classical Tents and Party Goods.




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