Mar
27
Fri
CANCELLED – Sangiovese Wine Seminar Presented by Nejaime’s
Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm
Mar
28
Sat
POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED – Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire
Mar 28 @ 3:30 pm

POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED

Performed by professional actress Michèle LaRue and directed by Warren Kliewer, “Someone Must Wash the Dishes” has toured coast-to-coast, garnering reviews ranging from, “Better than the best stand-ups!” to, “I would have learned a lot more in school if she had been our teacher!” Her performance will be followed by a Victorian tea. This performance is made possible thanks to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum’s “100 Events for 100 Years” initiative commemorating the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial.

American women won the right to vote in 1920—and it only took 72 long years! As we near the centennial of Woman Suffrage and face the challenges that still remain, it’s enlightening—and fun—to look back at women’s arguments AGAINST voting.

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire” does just that: “Woman suffrage is the reform against nature,” declares its unlikely, but irresistibly likeable, heroine. “Ladies, get what you want. Pound pillows. Make a scene. Make home a hell on earth—but do it in a womanly way! That is so much more dignified and refined than walking up to a ballot box and dropping in a piece of paper!”

“Someone Must Wash the Dishes” was written in 1912, by Marie Jenney Howe, a prominent pro-Suffragist and Unitarian minister. Howe satirizes arguments seen as accurate in their day, though absurd in ours.  This fictional “Anti” sincerely believes being a “womanly woman” will keep the Home intact and save the Nation from anarchy. “She is charming, obsessed, oblivious—stylish in her wardrobe, but muddled in debate. What her husband tells her goes in one ear and out her mouth,” laughs her portrayer: professional actress Michèle LaRue.

Labeled “wicked” when it debuted in Manhattan and “side-splitting” in Cape May, NJ, “Someone Must Wash the Dishes” was directed by the late Warren Kliewer. A Minnesota native, Kliewer was founding producing artistic director of The East Lynne Company, which revives American plays and literature written before 1920. “Dishes” has convulsed audiences from Connecticut to Texas to Washington State.

Michèle tours nationally with her repertoire of 30 Tales Well Told—vibrant stories from America’s Gilded Age. Her 400 sponsors range from libraries and historical societies, to Leagues of Women Voters and international conferences. A member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA, Michèle is also a writer and editor. For more about her productions, and how to bring them to your group, visit http://www.michelelarue.com.

Author Marie Jenney Howe (1870 – 1934) left her native Syracuse, NY, to become a prominent Midwestern Unitarian minister. In 1910, she moved to New York City, where she was a catalyst in many Progressive social reforms—notably Suffrage—and an influential writer.

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

Apr
4
Sat
CANCELLED – Egg Decorating Workshops 10am – 12 noon and 1-3 pm
Apr 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

WORKSHOPS ARE CANCELLED

In practicing social distancing workshops will be limited to 6 people at each session.

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 4 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.

Apr
18
Sat
CANCELLED – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Murder She Float, A Mardi Gras Mystery”
Apr 18 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns with an encore presentation, “Murder She Float, A Mardi Gras Mystery,” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, April 18th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

The Wild Chalupas Krewe is hosting a party to choose the Queen to ride on their float in the Mardi Gras parade. Things seem to be going smoothly until one of the contestants is found expired. Who could have done it? Was it Maude E Graw, the organizer and representative of the sponsor or Matty Door, the costume designer. How about Dick C Lee, the overworked manager of the float build or was it the float Judge, Jim Teacher. Come along for some fun and mystery and don’t forget, you will be in New Orleans and won’t even have to pay for a ticket to get there.

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 $42 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. We are unable to cater to special dietary needs. BYOB is not allowed for liability reasons. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Apr. 15th. Seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

May
2
Sat
POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED – Ghost Hunt with David Raby – “A Spirited Evening”
May 2 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

POSTPONED TO BE RESCHEDULED

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted mansion.  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 conclude at midnight. Tickets for this exciting event are $38 per person with a reduced rate of $20 for ages 12 – 18 and 19-23 with student ID. 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
10
Fri
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Jul 10 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 July. 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!

SOLD OUT – Ghost Hunt with David Raby
Jul 10 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

SOLD OUT

Join David Raby and special guest, Rebecca Anne LoCicero 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. Undaunted, he  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.

Rebecca Anne LoCicero’s has been working as a psychic medium worldwide for over twenty-four years and is a three-time published author.  LoCicero is the Proprietor of The Beyond Center in Vernon, Connecticut and is certified through the Forever Family Foundation. She has appeared at national comedy clubs, holistic centers, lecture halls and expositions as well as on local television and radio broadcasts.

Before the investigation, Raby 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 conclude at midnight. Masks that cover both the mouth and nose are required during this event.  Social distancing will be practiced.  Non-refundable tickets for this exciting event are $38 per person with a reduced rate of $20 for ages 12 – 18 and 19-23 with student ID and are limited. Reservations are required. No walk-ins. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.

Jul
11
Sat
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Jul 11 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 July. 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!

Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am and Tuesdays 5 to 6 pm
Jul 11 @ 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  from 8 to 9 am and Tuesdays from 5 to 6 pm. The classes are indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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 students, 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 and 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. Space is limited.

Jul
12
Sun
CLOSED TO TOURS AND VISITORS
Jul 12 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 July. 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!