Sep
19
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Sep 19 @ 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  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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
22
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger”
Sep 22 @ 4:00 pm

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Screenwriter and film historian Nannina Gilder will introduce “Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger” on Tuesday, September 22 at 4:00 pm.  Her presentation is part of Ventfort Hall’s summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

Reiniger (1899 – 1981) was a German film director who is considered the foremost pioneer of silhouette animation, a life-long specialty of hers. As a child, she was fascinated with the Chinese arts of paper cutting of silhouette puppetry.  Later, she enrolled in the Theatre of Max Reinhardt where she worked making costumes and props – and creating silhouette portraits of actors within the troupe.  Soon she was making elaborate title cards for silent films, many of which included her silhouettes.

In 1918, Reiniger created animated intertitles for The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a film directed by Paul Wegener.  With that success she was admitted into the Institute for Cultural Research, an experimental animation and short film studio.  Over the next few years, she made several short,   animated films.

She was asked in 1923 to create a feature-length animated film, an unusual request at the time.  The result was The Adventures of Prince Achmed, a project that took three years to produce. During that time Reiniger who with her staff, crafted thousands of cut-outs of intricate silhouettes. For each frame, the cut-outs, made from cardboard and thin sheets of lead, were manipulated by hand and then shot by camera operated by her husband, Carl Koch. Twenty-four frames were needed for each second.  The final result was nicknamed a Shadow Show, a recognized art form, of which Reiniger is considered the inventor.

Earlier this year Gilder hosted at Ventfort Hall a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960.” She introduced The Adventures of Prince Achmed at the seminar.

A former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, Gilder will introduce us to other unique films from Reiniger’s more than 40 works, including Cinderella (1922); The Stolen Heart (1934); Papageno (1935), with background music from Mozart’s The Magic Flute; The Golden Goose (1944), her one film produced in Nazi Germany; Mary’s Birthday (1951), made while living in England, and one or two others she made toward the end of her life.

 Gilder has appeared on the film podcast CitizenDame.  Her play “The Curious Abduction of Mona Lisa” was performed at Ventfort Hall in 2013.

Tickets for Gilder’s presentation whether in attendance at Ventfort Hall or by viewing through Zoom are $20 per person.  Advance reservations are required in either case. To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort09222020.eventbrite.com

For reservations to attend at Ventfort Hall 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.

Sep
23
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Sep 23 all-day
Sep
26
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Sep 26 @ 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  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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
29
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon”
Sep 29 @ 4:00 pm

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Kathleen Maher, executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT, will give a visual presentation here at the mansion P. T. Barnum.  Her lecture will take place on Tuesday, September 29 at 4:00 pm and is part of our summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

According to Maher, “The Barnum name alone conjures up ideas and imagination, preconceived notions of a man and philosophy.  Known to most of the world as the ‘Great American Showman’ for more than 170 years, the weight of the Barnum name has forced associations of humbug and merriment, provoked thought and invited controversy, welcomed the cynical and engaged and challenged the skeptic.”

Although the Barnum name reminds us of the American circus legacy, that didn’t come about until he was 61 years old, when the circus collaboration was presented to him.  What was really the passion of his life was Barnum’s American Museum in New York City that revealed his ingenuity and innovation.

The museum was a place for family entertainment, enlightenment and instructive amusement.  It became a shrine for advancing public knowledge of fine arts, music, literature and the marvels of nature, showcasing natural curiosities alongside artistic and historic exhibitions.

Barnum, who lived for almost the full breath of the 19th century, from 1810 to 1891, was an entrepreneur, politician, urban developer, philanthropist, temperance leader, emancipationist, lecturer and author.  Maher will reveal the fact that “Barnum’s pioneering spirit of promotion and his acumen for business transformed popular conceptions of the era, in turn molding and defining many ideals of today.”

Maher has been executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport for over 20 years.  She has implemented numerous award-winning exhibitions and programs that explore a variety of 19th century social themes and historical events. Under her leadership, the museum, founded in 1893 and housing over 60,000 artifacts, is focusing on new methods of experience development, integrating history, arts, storytelling, science and technology as a plan for the museum’s future.

Tickets for the Maher presentation either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person.  Reservations are required in either case.  To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort09292020.eventbrite.com

Seating with six-foot spacing at Ventfort Hall will be limited. For reservations to attend at Ventfort Hall call us at 413-637-3206. The museum’s traditional Victorian Teas cannot be served until further notice also due to the coronavirus.

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

Sep
30
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Sep 30 all-day
Oct
3
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Oct 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  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.

Saturday Talk – “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age”
Oct 3 @ 3:30 pm

Historian and author Andrew Erdman will make a visual presentation via Zoom on “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age.” He will give his talk from his home in New York City on Saturday, October 3 at 3:30 pm.  He originally gave this talk before an audience at the museum on July 28 without Zoom.

“She came on like a meteor, but there is a lasting quality.” So wrote Ashton Stevens, Chicago Examiner, in 1911.  Who was this Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age?  Erdman will tell us based on his latest book Queen of Vaudeville:  The Story of Eva Tanguay, the first-ever biography of the legendary performer. Showbiz circles of her day nicknamed her the “I Don’t Care Girl” after her trademark song “I Don’t Care”, which she first introduced as part of a vaudeville act in 1905. Erdman will play her later recording of this song for us.

Tanguay billed herself as “the girl who made vaudeville famous”.  She was to be an audience favorite with a long-lasting career. Ziegfeld had to have her for his Follies. She is remembered for brassy, self-confident songs that portrayed the emancipated woman, such as “It’s All Been Done Before but Not the Way I Do It”, “I Want Someone to Go Wild with Me” and “That’s Why They Call Me Tabasco”.

Gaining free publicity with outrageous behavior (she also paid large sums for advertising) was to her liking.  In 1910, a year after the Lincoln penny was issued, she appeared on stage in a dress entirely covered in the new coins, some of which she pluck off and playfully threw at men in the audience. With her natural talent for self-promotion, she made headlines for allegedly being kidnapped and having her jewels stolen.  She even declared herself a Christian Scientist and became one of the first celebrities to receive plastic surgery. She was described by the father of public relations, Edward Bernays, as “our first symbol of emergence from the Victorian age.”

She out-earned the likes of such contemporaries as Enrico Caruso and Harry Houdini, a fortune that she lost with the stock market crash of 1929. During the following decade she retired from show business and died in 1947 at her home in Hollywood, CA, at age 68.  A native of Canada, her family had moved to Holyoke, MA, where she developed an initial interest in the performing arts.

Erdman served as a staff reporter at Fortune magazine where he wrote a weekly human-interest column and profiles of the world’s billionaires. He also has written for National Lampoon, Diversions, Women.com and LifetimeTV.com. He has worked in television, serving as head writer for the talk/comedy/variety show Sex, Lives and Video Clips on VH1.  His earlier book is Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915.  Erdman is a trained psychotherapist and author of topics related to therapy and psychoanalysis. He teaches at the New York University School of Social Work.

Tickets for the Erdman lecture are $20 per person. To view him on Zoom register at https://ventfort10032020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for viewing him at Ventfort Hall on Zoom are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  Tea cannot be served until further notice due to the coronavirus.

The Erdman lecture has been part of summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Oct
7
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Oct 7 all-day
Oct
10
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Oct 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  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.