Jul
6
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Jul 6 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. 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.

Jul
9
Tue
SOLD OUT – Tea & Talk – “Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925”
Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm

SOLD OUT

Downton Abbey has been a television phenomenon watched by fans throughout the UK and the USA followed by the wildly successful traveling exhibition. Like other British costume dramas, the clothing is presented with attention given to meticulous detail.

Historic textile and costume expert Susan J. Jerome will present facts to weave into her story of “Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925” here on Tuesday, July 9 at 4:00 pm. A Victorian tea will follow.

Jerome will explore the social, technological, and political developments of the early 20th century as reflected in the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing. Her visual presentation will look back at what was fashionable, or not, as a way of understanding why people wore what they did.

She will have her audience look at some of the influential designers and other persons involved in the years spanning the Downton Abbey series. Time will be given for questions and discussion, which are encouraged.

Jerome is the Collections Manager at the University of Rhode Island Historic Textile and Costume Collection. She earned her MS degree from the University of Rhode Island, Department of Textiles, Fashion Merchandising and Design. Prior to continuing her education, she worked for a number of years at Mystic Seaport Museum.

Jerome also works as a textile and quilt conservator at CT Quilt Works in Mystic, and a consultant to museums and historical societies. An avid textilian, she is happiest when writing, talking and doing all things concerning textiles.

The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jul
12
Fri
Ghost Hunt – “A Spirited Evening”
Jul 12 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

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.

Jul
13
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Jul 13 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. 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.

Sip & Shop at J.McLaughlin
Jul 13 @ 11:30 am – 4:30 pm

Come and shop J.McLaughlin’s summer collection at 68 Main St., Lenox. 15% of proceeds will benefit Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum.

Jul
16
Tue
Tea & Talk – “Lenox Rusticators on the Maine Coast”
Jul 16 @ 4:00 pm

Many Berkshire cottage owners of the Gilded Age also had summer houses in scenic Maine coastal resorts – Isleboro, Mount Desert and even Campobello across the border in Canada.

Historians Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Dr. Ronald H. Epp, author of Creating Acadia National Park: The Biography of George B. Dorr, will join to uncover the little-known story of the “Lenox Rusticators on the Maine Coast” here at the mansion on Tuesday, July 16. A Victorian tea will follow.

Gilder and Epp will tell how well-known Lenox figures – Dorrs, Kanes, Kinnicutts, Parsons and Jesups – participated in the land conservation and civic life of the emerging Maine resorts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The story of the impact of the Berkshires on the development in particular of the park located on Mount Desert Island led by Dorr, the legendary conservationist and landscape designer, will also be told.  His vision of Acadia offered “one great element of wildness” – “contact with the ocean and the sight from mountainous heights of its great plain of waters.” He was also an advisor to gardening friends Beatrix Farrand at Bar Harbor, Maine and Edith Wharton at her Lenox estate.

The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jul
20
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Jul 20 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. 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.

CANCELLED – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Murder Maiden China,” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm
Jul 20 @ 5:00 pm

CANCELLED

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with an encore performance of “Murder Maiden China,” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, June 29th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

Gertrude Ingrid Josephine Mattel, a.k.a. GI Jo, is running the Maiden China toy company since her father’s passing. He was well loved, but she is more of a dictator and has made some enemies. Actually, she doesn’t have many, if any friends, including her hen pecked husband, Lou Zerr. Her assistant, C. Alice Knightly, is more like a slave. Goldie Digger, Lou’s “secretary,” has no good feelings towards her, she thinks, well maybe she doesn’t, what were we talking about? Charlie Brown III is the delivery guy for “This Side UP” package service. She calls him names every time he makes a delivery. Someone gets sick of it and GI Joe ends up in permanent retirement. Come along for the ride and help figure who offed Joe.

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, July 17th. Seating is limited.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Jul
23
Tue
Tea & Talk – “After Emily: The Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson”
Jul 23 @ 4:00 pm

This is a story of discovery that will be presented by author, journalist and Tufts University professor Julie Dobrow. She is the author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet, copies of which she will autograph at the following Victorian tea.

When Emily Dickinson died in 1886, she was unknown outside the small circle of her family and friends. Her sister, Lavinia, promised she would burn all of Emily’s papers once she was gone. But Lavinia could not bring herself to destroy the remarkable cache of nearly 1,800 poems she discovered after Emily’s death.

Instead she sought an editor, a person who knew and loved Emily, who could decipher the confusing manuscripts and put them into publishable form. Mabel Loomis Todd was that person. Though Emily and Mabel never met face-to-face, the friendship they had built through correspondence afforded Mabel the insight she would need as she and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham, built Emily’s literary legacy.

For decades the story of Mabel and Millicent’s lives and their integral role in editing and publicizing Emily Dickinson’s poems and shaping the myth of the so-called “Belle of Amherst” had been waiting in the archives. Thanks to Dobrow the full story behind Mabel and Millicent’s work is finally revealed.  Dobrow first became interested in Emily Dickinson when she was in college and routinely walked past the Dickinson homes in Amherst, MA. She devoured biographies of Emily and grew curious about Mabel, known only for her role as one of Emily’s first editors or as the lover of Austin Dickinson, Emily’s older brother. Dobrow began to work in the enormous archives of Mabel and Millicent’s papers at Yale University—neither woman ever threw out a scrap of paper—and the project began to grow.

The new biography weaves together the stories of Emily, Mabel and Millicent using hundreds of primary source materials, many of which have never before been quoted in published works. Dobrow’s work allows readers to hear the thoughts, hopes and sorrows of these women in their own words—from the unforgettable feuds between Mabel and members of the Dickinson family, to Millicent’s struggles growing up steeped in her mother’s obsession with editing Dickinson’s works, to their own close but complicated connection.

With the final success of the poems, tensions between the Dickinson and Todd families grew over the ownership of Emily’s work and the right to shape her legacy. This culminated in a sensational lawsuit, which ultimately prompted Mabel to lock the remaining poems in a chest for decades, only opening it near the end of her life with her daughter. Determined to ensure Emily’s legacy, Millicent abruptly changed her professional course and edited and published the remaining poems. But carrying on her mother’s work haunted Millicent for the rest of her life.

Dobrow is a professor with appointments in the department of Child Study and Human Development and the Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies. Her writing has appeared in Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications.

The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend is $28 with advance reservation; $32 day of. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Jul
26
Fri
Free Fun Friday
Jul 26 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

We’re excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year’s Free Fun Friday initiative, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation! Admission will be free on July 26th.

The first floor and grounds will be open. Our second floor will be closed. We look forward to seeing you!

For more info about Free Fun Friday visit: http://www.highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019