Feb
21
Fri
Rhône Rangers Wine Seminar Presented by Nejaime’s
Feb 21 @ 5:30 pm
Feb
22
Sat
Tea & Talk – “The Ice Famine of 1919”
Feb 22 @ 3:30 pm

A museum professional in the field of living history, historian and author Dennis Picard will give a talk here at the mansion on “The Ice Famine of 1919.”  His visual presentation and demonstration will be followed by a Victorian tea.

The commercial harvesting and export of ice from New England’s frozen lakes and ponds began in the first decade of the 19th century.  By the end of the century, ice harvesting was the ninth largest industry in the US, employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually.

According to Picard, “People don’t think of ice as a crop, but it was so very important for food preservation and transportation.”  In 1919, there was a shortage which led to some hard choices being made by Americans.  “Man-made ice was man’s response to Mother Nature’s fickle ways,” says Picard.  His presentation will include images of the progression of ice harvesting, the innovation of man-made ice and refrigeration, as well as an exhibit of ice harvesting tools.

Picard has been a museum professional in the living history field for over forty years.  He began his career in 1978 at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where he filled various positions including lead interpreter, researching and designing many public programs which are still offered by that institution today.

He has held the positions of Assistant Director and Director, including at the Sheffield Historical Society and Storrowton Village Museum.  He also served on the staff of Hancock Shaker Village as a historic trade craftsman and site interpreter.  He has authored many articles on the lifestyles and folkways of New England.  He is also on the Board of Directors of the Pioneer Valley History Network.

Tickets for the Picard Tea and Talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Mar
20
Fri
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 20 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

Mar
21
Sat
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 21 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED – Reading of Audiobook Adaptation: The Secret Garden & Good Wives (Little Women, Part 2) followed by a Tea
Mar 21 @ 3:30 pm

POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED

Actresses Alison Larkin and Anne Undeland will narrate two beloved novels, celebrating their launch as the latest additions to the audiobook library produced by Alison Larkin Presents, the Berkshire-based audiobook company.  The event, followed by a Victorian tea, will be held at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, March 21 at 3:30 pm.

Larkin, whose youthful experiences were very similar to that of Mary Lenox, the heroine in the classic The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, will narrate scenes from the book.

When her parents die from cholera in India, orphan Mary is sent to live with her uncle in a cold, dark mansion in England.  There she discovers a secret garden that has been locked up since her aunt’s death ten years earlier….   Larkin was adopted as a child and sent to live in a big, drafty English house, though without a secret garden.

According to AudioFile Magazine: “A novel rich in imagination, detail and surprises requires a narrator who can embrace every element of the story – Alison Larkin is that narrator.”

Larkin has appeared on and off Broadway with the Royal National Theatre.  She is also a comedienne, narrator of over 200 audiobooks and winner of eight AudioFile Earphones awards.  She is the bestselling author of The English American, an autobiographical novel about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in America.

Undeland, who last fall presented a reading that launched the audiobook company’s Little Women at Ventfort Hall, returns to read passages from the sequel, Good Wives, Little Women, Book Two.

 Three years after the conclusion of the story in the first book, we return to the March family, opening with Meg’s wedding. No longer little girls dreaming of “castles in the air,” Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are now young women, each with her own share of joy and heartache, and each with her own path to forge.

Audiofile Magazine says: “Anne Undeland captivates listeners with her exquisite narration. Listeners are effortlessly transported…”

Undeland has been featured in numerous radio productions for BBC Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and NPR affiliates in the US.  A long-time theater artist, she performs one-woman shows (a Ventfort Hall favorite) and is the author of plays including Lady Randy, the story of Jennie Jerome Lady Randolph Churchill, the mother of Sir Winston Churchill.

Tickets to attend are $28per person with an advance reservations $28 and $32 per person the day of. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.

To order The Secret Garden, visit: https://alisonlarkinpresents.com/product/the-secret-garden-audiobook/

To order Good Wives, Little Women, Book Two, visit:
https://www.audible.com/pd/B084YYFM61/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-183894&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_183894_rh_us

Mar
22
Sun
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 22 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

Mar
23
Mon
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 23 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

Mar
24
Tue
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 24 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

Mar
25
Wed
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 25 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!

Mar
26
Thu
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Mar 26 all-day

The mansion remains closed as we continue to take all recommended precautions to ensure a healthy environment for visitors and staff.

In response to practicing social distancing regarding the Coronavirus we have postponed all of our events through the beginning of May. We will announce new event dates and changes to our hours of operation when appropriate.

Please call us if you have any questions at (413) 637-3206 or email info@gildedage.org. We wish you all good health!