Sep
26
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am and Tuesdays 5 to 6 pm
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  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
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 and Tuesdays 5 to 6 pm
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  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 – Saturday Talk – “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age”
Oct 3 @ 3:30 pm

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED

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.

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 and Tuesdays 5 to 6 pm
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  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.

Saturday Talk – “Molasses: From the Slave Trade to Boston’s Great Molasses Flood”
Oct 10 @ 3:30 pm

Described by the Boston Globe as the “Balzac of Boston History,” Anthony Sammarco will present a lecture on “Molasses: From the Slave Trade to Boston’s Great Molasses Flood”  here at the mansion.

Molasses has a rich history in the Caribbean, according to Sammarco, where sugar cane has been cultivated for centuries.  Molasses is a byproduct made when sugars are extracted from sugar cane. It was a popular liquid sweetener throughout the United States in the early 20th century.

Massachusetts had an integral connection as part of the Triangle Trade, the term used for a major part of the 18th century world economy.  Rum from New England was traded in Africa for slaves, which were brought to the West Indies where they cultivated sugar cane.  Molasses was then shipped to New England and often used in the distillation of rum.

Sammarco will also explore the involvement of the Isaac Royall family of Medford, MA, in the 18th century molasses trade, the Lawrence Rum Distillery, tea-totalism and the abolitionist causes of the 19th century, concluding with the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, an extraordinary event that has become an integral part of the Boston’s North End history.

Sammarco is the author of over sixty books on the history and development of Boston, as well as a lecturer on these subjects.  Among his best sellers are Lost Boston, The History of Howard Johnson’s: How a Massachusetts Soda Fountain Became a Roadside Icon and The Baker Chocolate Company: A Sweet History.  He has taught at The Urban College of Boston since 1997, where he was named Educator of the Year.  He also teaches Boston history at the Boston University Metropolitan College.

This presentation can be seen either in person at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom. Tickets for the Sammarco talk are $20. To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort10102020.eventbrite.com

To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly suggested as sitting is 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. Masks and strict spacing for seating will be honored.

Oct
13
Tue
Drop In Community Yoga from 5 to 6 pm
Oct 13 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Tuesday afternoons at 5 pm. The class is 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.

Oct
14
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Oct 14 all-day