Aug
3
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Aug 3 @ 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.

Aug
6
Tue
Tea & Talk – “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008”
Aug 6 @ 4:00 pm

Author and museum curator Robin Jaffee Frank will give a presentation on “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008,” the subject of a traveling art exhibition for which she was the curator and lead author of the accompanying catalogue and succeeding hardcover book.  Frank will take her audience for a visual ride here at the mansion. During a Victorian tea following her presentation, the speaker will autograph copies of the book.

Called “America’s Playground,” Coney Island is a world-famous resort and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature and films.  The groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses and to its decline and eventual closing.

How artists chose to portray Coney Island between 1861 and 2008 – in tableaux of wonder and menace, hope and despair, dreams and nightmares – mirrored the aspirations and disappointments of the era.

Frank, considered an innovative art museum curator, has organized exhibitions, lectured and published widely on American visual culture from the colonial to contemporary periods.  As chief curator of the Wadsworth Athenaeum, she oversaw the museum’s reinstallation of its newly renovated galleries, opened in 2015.  Before then, she was a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery.

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

Tickets for the tea & Talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Aug
10
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Aug 10 @ 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.

Aug
13
Tue
Tea & Talk – “Archer Milton Huntington & the Hispanic Society of America Museum”
Aug 13 @ 4:00 pm

Considered one of the ten richest men in America during the Gilded Age, Archer Milton Huntington “was so intensely private that to this day very little is known about him,” according to historian Francis Morrone.  Based on material that he has uncovered, Morrone will present his findings here at the mansion followed by a Victorian tea.

The speaker discovered a wealth of information about the elusive Huntington in the process of writing a detailed report on the family’s mansion at 1083 Fifth Avenue in New York City.  Huntington, among other extraordinary endeavors, was the founder of the Hispanic Society of America Museum located in the Audubon Terrace complex in Upper Manhattan.

Morrone’s report dovetails with the reopening this fall of the museum, considered a major event under the dynamic leadership of Philippe de Montebello.  He is the former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Hispanic Society of America Museum contains more than 18,000 works in almost every medium, including paintings, drawings, sculptures, decorative arts and useful arts dating from the Paleolithic to the 20th century from Spain, Portugal and Latin America.  Spanish paintings alone include works by Valesquez, El Greco and Goya with his famous “Duchess of Alba.”  Fourteen large-scale paintings depicting “Vision of Spain” are by Joaquin Soralla y Bastida.

Huntington was the stepson of railroad magnate and industrialist Collis P. Huntington, whose nephew, Henry E. Huntington, founded the Huntington Library at San Marino, CA. Archer’s wife, Anna Hyatt Huntington, was considered one of the leading sculptors of their day, whose works still grace the Hispanic Society of America Museum.

Morrone will be returning for his seventh summer at Ventfort Hall. He is also the author of eleven books, including architectural guide books.  His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic.  He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world.  He has also received an Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

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.

Tickets for the Jerome talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call usl at 413-637-3206.

Aug
17
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Aug 17 @ 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.

Aug
20
Tue
Tea & Talk – “The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York”
Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

There is a cast of fascinating characters in “The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York.”  Art historian Prof. Suzanne Hinman will tell all when she presents her remarkable story here at the mansion. She will autograph copies of her new book of the same title at a following Victoria tea.

Hinman will center on the most beautiful of New York City’s Gardens or Palaces of Pleasure (1890 – 1925) and the controversial 18-foot nude sculpture of Diana, Virgin Goddess of the Hunt that crowned it. The prominent players were pals, architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens, both of whom gave American vitality to European architectural styles amid the elegant but scandal-ridden Gilded Age. The speaker will also present her new theory regarding a sexual motive behind the famous murder of Stanford White.

Architect, co-author of Stanford White, Architect and great-grandson Samuel G. White says about Hinman’s book, “Using the building as an armature Suzanne Hinman narrates a detailed and wide-ranging account of the Gilded Age from its picaresque characters, social choreography, and cultural preferences to its volatile economy, favorite restaurants, and even construction technology…That armature can support a great deal of information and Hinman uses it to full and entertaining advantage.”

Hinman holds a Ph.D in American art history ands has been a curator, gallerist, museum director, professor and an art model.  She owned an art gallery in Santa Fe and then served as director of galleries at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Her interest in the artists and architects of the Gilded Age and the famed Cornish Art Colony in New Hampshire, where Augustus Saint- Gaudens had a studio and summer home, developed while associate director of the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College.

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.

Aug
24
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Aug 24 @ 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.

CLOSING SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, AT 4 PM
Aug 24 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

CLOSING SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, AT 4 PM

Aug
27
Tue
Tea & Talk – “New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal”
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm

Prof. Daniel Czitrom latest book New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Movement reveals several key themes that resonate today.  He will uncover them during his talk here at the mansion and autograph copies of his book during an accompanying Victorian tea.

Czitrom will open with the explosive charges leveled against the New York Police Department and Tammany Hall by the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst in 1892.  Two years later, Parkhurst’s crusade forced the first sensational political investigation of the modern era and kick-started the Progressive movement.

Established by the New York State Senate, the Lexow Committee heard testimony from nearly 700 witnesses, representing all walks of New York life. It revealed in shocking and unprecedented detail how the police force managed New York’s lucrative vice economy, extorted payoffs from respectable businesses and enjoyed immunity from charges of police brutality.

The narrative unfolds amidst the larger contexts of machine politics, national elections, the depression of 1893, vote fraud and vote suppression, and police violence. The effort to root out corrupt cops and crooked politicians morphed into something much more profound: a public reckoning, messy and contentious, over what New York—and the American city—had become since the Civil War. The speaker will dig into the research challenges that he faced in conceiving and writing his book.

Czitrom is Professor of History on the Ford Foundation at Mount Holyoke College, with special interest in the history of New York City and 20th century America. He is also the author of Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn of the Century New York (2008); Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (1982); and co-author of Out of Many: A History of the American People (9th ed., 2019), a best-selling college survey textbook.

He served as Historical Advisor for the BBC America historical drama Copper (2011-13) set in Civil War era New York. And he has appeared as a featured on-camera commentator in numerous documentary film projects, including Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (PBS/American Masters, 2019); The Rise and Fall of Penn Station (PBS, 2014); New York: A Documentary Film (PBS, 1999); American Photography: A Century of Images (PBS, 1999).   Since 2009 he has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

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.

Tickets for the Czitrom talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Aug
31
Sat
Drop in Yoga at the Mansion Saturday Mornings at 8am
Aug 31 @ 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.