Nov
30
Sat
Reading of Audiobook Adaptation of Little Women Followed by a Tea
Nov 30 @ 3:30 pm

A celebration to launch the new audiobook of Little Women, read by Ventfort Hall favorite, Anne Undeland. Anne will read excerpts, followed by a conversation with award-winning audiobook narrator/producer and bestselling novelist, Alison Larkin. As achingly beautiful as it is humorous and wise, Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel (the first of four books) gives us the March sisters in one evanescent year, from Christmas to Christmas, as they dance the tender line between childhood and adulthood. To pre-order the audiobook, visit www.alisonlarkinpresents.com. Cost to attend is $28 advance, $32 day of event, including a tea. It’s time to visit Little Women again. Call us for reservations at (413) 637-3206.

Dec
7
Sat
“A Christmas Carol” One-Man Theatrical Performance Followed by Victorian Tea
Dec 7 @ 3:30 pm

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.

Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!”  “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.”  “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.”  “A Dickens of a performance.”

Gerald has worked both on and off stage, as an actor, director and producer for many years. A fascination with the life and works of his ancestor led him to write and direct other one-man shows including Mr. Dickens Is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. Gerald performs regularly in major theaters and arts centers, as well as at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has entertained cruise passengers worldwide since 2007.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the elegant Victorian tea are $50. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia!! Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.

Dec
8
Sun
“A Christmas Carol” One-Man Theatrical Performance Followed by Victorian Tea
Dec 8 @ 3:30 pm

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.

Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!”  “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.”  “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.”  “A Dickens of a performance.”

Gerald has worked both on and off stage, as an actor, director and producer for many years. A fascination with the life and works of his ancestor led him to write and direct other one-man shows including Mr. Dickens Is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. Gerald performs regularly in major theaters and arts centers, as well as at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has entertained cruise passengers worldwide since 2007.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the elegant Victorian tea are $50. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia!! Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.

Dec
15
Sun
Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting Workshop
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to the mansion on Sunday, December 15 from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. to decorate one of the many trees that adorn the mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate one of Ventfort’s holiday trees as well as craft some ornaments to take home. The finished decorated tree will remain on display in the mansion until early January. Punch and cookies will be served.

Admission is $5 per child with an advance reservation and $7 day of the event. Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge. Reservations not required but encouraged. Please give us a call at (413) 637-3206 to make a reservation.

Dec
28
Sat
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince” with Carl Sprague
Dec 28 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Marionette Performance, The Frog Prince
Our popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to charm all ages with The Frog Prince, for two Christmas-week marionette performances. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over holiday refreshments. Sprague, who has appeared annually with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood, having inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes from his great-grandfather. Cost to attend is $15 adults, $7 children ages 4-17, free age 3 and under. Limited seating. Reservations strongly recommended. Children’s refreshments. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Dec
30
Mon
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince” with Carl Sprague
Dec 30 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Marionette Performance, The Frog Prince
Our popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to charm all ages with The Frog Prince, for two Christmas-week marionette performances. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over holiday refreshments. Sprague, who has appeared annually with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood, having inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes from his great-grandfather. Cost to attend is $15 adults, $7 children ages 4-17, free age 3 and under. Limited seating. Reservations strongly recommended. Children’s refreshments. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.