Oct
7
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Oct 7 all-day
Oct
10
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Oct 10 @ 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.

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

NO YOGA TODAY, DECEMBER 15

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
Oct
17
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Oct 17 @ 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.

Oct
20
Tue
Drop In Community Yoga from 5 to 6 pm
Oct 20 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

NO YOGA TODAY, DECEMBER 15

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
21
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Oct 21 all-day
Oct
24
Sat
Drop in Yoga saturday 8am to 9am
Oct 24 @ 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.

Performance – “Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre”
Oct 24 @ 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Literary historian Rob Velella returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum via Zoom for a special Halloween virtual event portraying Edgar Allan Poe. Attendees are invited to see him on Zoom at the mansion or at home via Zoom.

Poe, impersonated by Velella in costume, returns from the grave to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten. Among them are “Annabel Lee” and one of the author’s earlier horror stories, “Ligeia,” which will feature some original music by composer Mary Bichner. An interactive question and answer period will follow the program.  The program is recommended for ages 13 and up.

Velella is an independent literary historian specializing in American literature of the 19th century. The versatility and broad appeal of Poe’s works fascinate him.  “The high-minded Ph.D. scholars are really into Poe, the general reader loves Poe, and everybody in between…”

There have been times when Velella has been treated as the famous poet. “Once when I was performing in Nashville, four different women kissed me.  It wasn’t that they wanted to kiss me, they wanted to kiss Poe,” he says. “I didn’t expect that – I were just asking an innocent question and then Poe basically gets sexually assaulted!”

Through public lectures, dramatic readings, scholarly publications, museum exhibitions and tours, Velella has dramatically brought back to life several literary figures, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, a figure he has presented at Ventfort Hall.  His performances have been featured through National Public Radio, the Travel Channel and chronicled in The Harvard Crimson Magazine and the LA Review of Books.

Tickets for the Velella performance are $20.  The performance will be seen via Zoom and can also be watched via Zoom at Ventfort Hall. To view on Zoom register at https://ventfort10242020.eventbrite.com. Reservations to attend at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. Masks are required and social distancing will be observed. For reservations to view at the mansion call us (413) 637-3206.