Two workshops: 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm
Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft. We are offering our annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am to 12 noon and again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This year the workshop will take place at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St., Lenox.
This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta.
The technique begins with unwashed eggs (provided by a local poultry farm) which have a residue-free shell surface. The Slavic Easter egg is a wax resistant technique which employs aniline dye later in the process. The decorating begins with drawing on the egg with wax, followed by immersion in the dye, with repeated wax drawing and dying as desired. The eggs are uncooked and are “blown” out after the decorating has been completed. The eggs may be displayed, when stored carefully, for an indefinite number of years.
The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Reservations are required and seats are limited. Children should be at least 12 years of age. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with an encore performance and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, April 13th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
It is a special night for Don Yukon Cornelius. His major renovations for his club are just about finished and you have been invited to join him for the unveiling of his newest gaming rooms. As leader of the Eco-Unfriendly Gang, he takes great pride in wasting resources, but someone decides to waste him. Come along and make your wager on whether it was his ex-girlfriend Fay Daway or his right hand man, Little Billy Bosco. Might it have been his step God-daughter, Sheila Blige? Or maybe it was the fill in comedian Sal Manilla. Odds are in your favor to have a great time no matter who dun nit, but can you figure it out and win big?
In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble appears regularly at Ventfort Hall.
Cost to attend is $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 10th. Seating is limited. Call us for reservations at (413) 637-3206.
School Vacation Week workshop Added due to popular demand.
Early spring is the perfect time to plant seeds that will grow and can be transplanted to the garden or outdoors when the weather gets warmer. Children who attend this workshop will learn how to plant nasturtium as well as how to take care of their flower as it grows throughout the spring.
There will be an informal lesson on planting seeds and caring for their flowers. After the lesson the workshop continues until 3pm. Children will decorate their flower pots and plant their seeds. They can also craft their own hats and ties to wear along with other crafts.
Cost to attend is $8 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are free with a paying child. Reservations required as seating is limited. Call us at 413-637-3206 to make a reservation. Walk-ins accommodated only if space allows.
Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall. A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. He undauntedly enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain.
Raby is the author of four published books and countless online articles. With his passion for the paranormal field, he has accumulated over a decade of experience, founded a paranormal group and has helped many people (and spirits) that ranged between the curious and those seeking urgent advice.
His interest in the paranormal was shaped by the fact that spirits seem to be attracted to his compassion and openness. He has a knack for storytelling that fuels his intensive historical research and fact finding.
He believes that by bringing people’s stories out of the shadows and into the light of our awareness, they may find eternal rest and peace.
Before the investigation, he will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways – and possibly still reside within. He will also share some of his favorite evidence from previous investigations and will be happy to answer any questions about paranormal investigations. This event is perfect for everyone; from someone who has never been on a paranormal investigation to the seasoned investigator.
The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and concludes at midnight. Tickets for this exciting event are $35 per person. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.
Closing at noon today for a private event.
Saturday, May 25th from 10 am to 3 pm
Come to our giant one-day Tag Sale, organized and donated solely by members of the program committee, volunteers and board of directors of Ventfort Hall. What could be more appropriate than a one-day tag sale of cast-offs that could become valued treasures for you, you and you! “Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure” John Dryden (1631 – 1700). Only at historic Ventfort Hall — the Berkshires other sweet pleasure!
A Spring Journey in Loire Valley, Burgundy and Rhone
French wine specialist, Christian Dalbavie of Kobrand, will take you on a journey around three major French wine regions to tease you with nine different wines to discover or rediscover.
First Flight: the Roses:
Bouvet rose, Loire Valley
Jadot rose 2018, Burgundy
La Nerthe rose 2017, Rhone Valley
Second Flight: the Whites:
Redde Pouilly Fume 2016, Loire Valley
Jadot Bourgogne Blanc 2017, Burgundy
La Nerthe Chateuneuf du Pape White 2016, Rhone Valley
Third Flight: the Reds:
Jadot Pinot Noir 2015, Burgundy
La Nerthe Cote du Rhone Village 2015, Rhone Valley
La Nerthe Chateuneuf du Pape red 2015, Rhone Valley
Gourmet charcuterie, cheese and bread will be included in the tasting. Cost to attend is $35 per person. Optional tour of Ventfort Hall for $15 before wine event; 4:30pm start. Call Nejaime’s for reservations at 413-637-2221.
Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings beginning June 8. The class will be held on our south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!
Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute Of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.
Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath. At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.
When not on the mat: teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha & Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.
Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall.