Aug
19
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Aug 19 all-day
Aug
22
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 22 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

NO YOGA TODAY, TUESDAY, DEC. 15

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.

CANCELLED – Reading by Tina Packer – “Tales from Shakespeare”
Aug 22 @ 4:00 pm

CANCELLED

Founding Artistic Director Tina Packer has teamed up with local audiobook publisher Alison Larkin to produce a new audiobook, Tales from Shakespeare. The audiobook includes ten short stories in modern language, written and recorded by Ms. Packer, based on the plays of William Shakespeare. It is published by Alison Larkin Presents. Tina Packer will read from her book here at the mansion and will be interviewed by Artist Director Allyn Burrows.

“We are passionate about bringing the classics to today’s listeners in fun, relevant, and easy-to-listen-to audiobooks,” says publisher Alison Larkin. “As soon as I learned that Tina had turned ten of Shakespeare’s plays into short stories, I knew they would make for an entertaining and important audiobook. I asked Tina if she would narrate it herself. Fortunately, she said YES!”

Director, actor, and Shakespearean expert, Tina Packer has adapted ten of Shakespeare’s most popular plays into short stories, retold in modern language. Her introduction, included on the audiobook, provides the listener with information about Elizabethan England and Shakespeare’s life and work.

“These are such good stories; they have value for us at any age. I’ve written them so that 5-year-olds, or 13-year-olds, or 103-year-olds will enjoy them,” said author Tina Packer. “Now it might be that parents will sit with their children and listen to Twelfth Night, but will save Macbeth for the following year, or sneakily listen to King Lear by themselves! And everyone loves listening to the foolery of Puck, the passion of Romeo and Juliet, and the bravery of Rosalind as she dresses up as a boy and teaches her lover how to woo her/him. The stories are for us, for all time. I hope people will enjoy them as much as I do.”

In reviewing the stories the School Library Journal stated: “Packer captures the essence of the playwright’s words and ideas, placing them in concise and clearly told stories…A treasure trove of well-told tales.”

Stories included in Tales from Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Much Ado About Nothing, King Lear, As You Like It, Macbeth, The Tempest, Othello, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet.

Tales from Shakespeare will be available everywhere audiobooks are sold on August 14, 2020.

Tickets for the presentation are $20 per person. To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort08222020.eventbrite.com

To attend the event in person at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.

Aug
25
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “New Lives in a New Country: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum”
Aug 25 @ 4:00 pm

Social historian Morris Vogel will give a visual presentation on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City of which he is president.    He will lecture on Tuesday, August 25 at 4:00 pm here at the mansion as part of the Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

A National Trust Historic Site, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum tells the story of how immigrants became new Americans and how America became a nation of immigrants.  Visitors experience the human side of a special history through guided tours of recreated homes, the personal stories of the residents and the businesses they opened inside the museum’s two restored tenement buildings.  These were homes to over 15,000 immigrants from more than 20 nations between 1863 and 2000.

“These are stories of people who brought their dreams to this country, raised their children here and built their families… What we are telling is America’s story.  If we don’t tell this story now, the story disappears,” states Vogel.

The rooms and exhibits at 97 Orchard Street focus on the stories of families of different immigrant backgrounds who lived there between 1863 and 1935.  In 2014, the museum expanded with the addition of 103 Orchard Street where those who came to the Lower East Side after World War II lived, including Holocaust survivors and Puerto Rican and Chinese families. The museum welcomes more than 225,000 visitors a year with many more turned away due to space limitations.

Vogel trained as an American social and urban historian at Brandeis University and the University of Chicago before joining the faculty at Temple University, where he was promoted to professor in 1985. Later on, he served as dean of the college. He subsequently directed the Rockefeller Foundation’s Creativity and Culture Program. Vogel is the author or editor of six books on American social and cultural history. He co-founded and directed the National Endowment for the Humanities-funded Mid-Atlantic Regional Center for the Humanities.

A first-generation American, Vogel was born in Kazakhstan where his Polish-Jewish parents were stateless refugees, having fled Nazi-held Poland.   After living in a displaced persons camp in Poland after World War II, the family moved to the US in 1949.  “I became an American historian because I was curious about who I was in the refugee context, always harkening back to what was a ‘real’ American and watching Americans evolve toward a generous and inclusive understanding of their national identity,” Vogel points out.

Tickets for the Vogel lecture either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person. To view him on Zoom register at https://ventfort08252020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for attending the presentation at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  The museum’s traditional Victorian Teas cannot be served until further notice due to the Corona virus.

The Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
26
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Aug 26 all-day
Aug
29
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 29 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

NO YOGA TODAY, TUESDAY, DEC. 15

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.

Sep
1
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850- 1970”
Sep 1 @ 4:00 pm

Elizabeth A. Williams, the David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, will speak on “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850- 1970.”  Her talk will be based on the major exhibition of the same title which she curated for the museum last year.  Her lecture is part of the Summer 2020 series of  our Tuesday Talks.

When Gorham Manufacturing opened its doors in 1831, the company was located in Providence.   The most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled, it showcased 600 Gorham pieces created during the company’s heyday, along with tools and design drawings.  “We wanted to also focus on the people who made Gorham what it was within the context of social history, design history, industrial history, manufacturing and advertising,” says Williams.

Gorham was perhaps best known for innovating the use of the steam-powered press in its operations, but mechanization was always accompanied by meticulous handwork.  The company’s influence in the US and worldwide hit full stride in 1860 when Mary Todd Lincoln chose a Gorham pattern for the White House.

One of the most extravagant services ever made was an 816-piece collection of gilded silver created between 1866 and 1880 for Henry Jewett Furber and his wife, Elvira, and reacquired for the company’s corporate collection in 1949.  Another showstopper was a 1903 Art Nouveau Martele (hammered silver) writing desk and chair that incorporates 47 pounds of silver and took 10,000 hours to complete.  The 1927 Cubic Coffee Service is an example of the modernist approach that reflects the artist Picasso’s influence on design.  Many pieces in the exhibition belong to the RISD Museum.

Before joining the museum, Williams was assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she reinstalled 450 pieces of decorative arts in its European galleries.  She also curated at LACMA “Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics.”  She created new educational and interpretive materials for European decorative arts objects among many other responsibilities.

Tickets for the Williams lecture are $20 per person. To view her on online using Zoom register at https://ventforthall09012020.eventbrite.com

Although she will be seen only from the RISD Museum via Zoom, reservations for viewing her at Ventfort Hall are required as seating will be strictly limited. Teas cannot be served until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

The Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Sep
2
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Sep 2 all-day
Sep
5
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Sep 5 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

NO YOGA TODAY, TUESDAY, DEC. 15

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.

Sep
8
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives”
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm

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Maggie North, who is the Acting Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museums, Springfield, MA, will give a visual presentation at the mansion as part of its Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

As America’s longest running printmaking establishment, the Currier & Ives lithography firm produced popular prints that adorned homes and businesses across the country during the 19th century.

The firm was founded in 1835 when Nathaniel Currier, then just twenty-two years old, became the sole proprietor of a New York City business that produced music manuscripts and images of newsworthy events such as a fire that swept New York’s business district. Thousands of prints were sold in four days.  In 1840, he produced “Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington,” which was so successful that he was given a weekly insert in the New York Sun. This was before the advent of newspaper photography.

 In 1852, Currier hired James Merritt Ives who would later become his business partner. It was Ives who suggested that the firm add scenes of daily life and American pastimes to their repertoire. These sentimental images, depicting country homesteads and leisure activities such as fishing, horseracing, and ice skating, are still among the most collectable Currier & Ives prints.

During their over 70 years in business, Currier & Ives employed a large staff who assisted in the creation and printing of approximately 8,000 distinct designs. Before closing their doors in 1907, the firm had made a lasting impression on American visual culture.

Today, Currier & Ives images still appear on calendars, cookie tins, and holiday cards, striking a nostalgic chord. Smith’s talk will explore the firm’s history, legacy, enduring lithographic prints. Marketed as “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints,” Currier & Ives lithographs were never intended to be perceived as fine artworks. However, numerous examples are now preserved in major museums because they provide an important record of American printmaking, history, and popular taste.

Maggie North has worked extensively with the museums’ holdings of works on paper, which includes one of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the world.

Tickets for the North lecture either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person. To view her on Zoom register at https://ventfort09082020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for attending the presentation at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  The museum’s traditional Victorian Teas cannot be served until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.