May
15
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
May 15 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

May
22
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
May 22 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

May
29
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
May 29 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

Tag Sale
May 29 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Come to our giant one-day Tag Sale, organized and donated solely by members of the program committee, volunteers and board of directors of Ventfort Hall. What could be more appropriate than a one-day tag sale of cast-offs that could become valued treasures for you, you and you! “Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure” John Dryden (1631 to 1700).  Only at historic Ventfort Hall…the Berkshires other sweet pleasure!

Tag Sale to benefit Ventfort Hall.

Jun
5
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jun 5 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

Jun
8
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “Mary Pickford: The World’s First Major Movie Star”
Jun 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We open our Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks with “Mary Pickford: The World’s First Major Movie Star.” The visual presentation that will follow the romance and rags-to-riches triumph of this plucky silent film heroine will be made by producer/writer Michelle Cohen on Tuesday, June 8 at 4:00 pm on Zoom.

Cohen will explore Mary’s rise to fame from a penniless pioneer in a new medium to an astute businesswoman and actress (who by 1916, was earning $10,000 a WEEK!), and how her complex relationships with Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks and D.W. Griffith ultimately resulted in the formation of the United Artists film studio.

Mary’s affair that turned into a fairy-tale marriage to action star Douglas Fairbanks was the first epic romance to make major headlines. As Hollywood’s first royal couple they presided as hosts to movie industry stars and moguls, presidents and real royalty at their legendary home, Pickfair.

As an actress, her work defined film acting. For many years, she remained the nation’s biggest box-office draw. As a producer, she set standards for quality that placed her films among the best of the era. As a pioneer of the film industry, she helped shape the trade through precedent-setting contracts, foundation of the Academy, as well as a little-known event now called the Oscars.

Mary’s personal and business decisions made over a century ago still influence Hollywood’s business and celebrity machine today. And all this before women had the right to vote.

A multi-faceted writer, director, performer and producer,  Cohen and her varied projects have been featured on programs including CNN, “Good Morning America” and NPR’s “All Things Considered.”

Most recently, Cohen was instrumental in bringing Jeff Corey’s memoir, Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act to print, with an introduction by his former student, Leonard Nimoy and art work by Jack Nicholson. Cohen was the consultant and wrangler for the character Pierre the Mime’s appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and the Performance and Wellness Supervisor on the feature film Lust Life Love.

Michelle produced the off-Broadway mega-hit, Schoolhouse Rock Live! She also served as an adjunct faculty member at several acting schools, including NYU and was a guest speaker for UCLA’s MFA Acting Program.

Her published books include Of Course You Can Sing!, Downloads from the Universe, Actually There Is Something under the Bed and MenOpop, a Menopause Pop-up and Activity Book

The admission is $20 per person and is available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort06082021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Jun
12
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jun 12 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

Jun
15
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age”
Jun 15 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Award-winning author and journalist Patricia Miller will discuss her book Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age and the “Powerless” Woman Who Took on Washington at Ventfort Mansion and Gilded Age Museum.  The speaker will join our Summer series of Tuesday Talks on June 15 at 4:00 pm.

Bringing Down the Colonel tells the story of Madeline Pollard, who sued Congressman William Campbell Preston Breckinridge for breach of promise to marry in 1893, launching a sensational scandal that transfixed the nation.

What Pollard did was shocking because she revealed herself as a “fallen” woman—a woman who had had sex outside of marriage. She made Breckinridge answer for his seduction of her as a teenager in a five-week trial that was front-page news across the country. Madeline’s brave stand prompted women to rise up and demand change in what was undoubtedly the first #MeToo moment.

The book also recounts the story of other players in the saga—Jennie, a young office worker sent by Breckinridge allies into a home for fallen women to spy on Madeline; Julia Blackburn, the Washington matron who defied her social status to testify in support of Pollard, and Nisba, Breckinridge’s daughter, whom he championed and supported as she became one of the truly outstanding career women of her day.

“Bringing Down the Colonel” is a deeply researched account of the affair and its aftermath, along with an examination of the changing sexual mores of the late 19th century…In today’s #MeToo world, “Bringing Down the Colonel” reverberates in unexpected ways.” —The Wall Street Journal 

Miller is an award-winning author and journalist whose fascination with the untold stories of women led her on a ten-year journey to unearth the story of the Breckinridge–Pollard scandal. Her work on the interplay of politics and sexual morality has appeared in The Atlantic, Salon, The Nation, Huffington Post and Ms. Magazine. She received a master’s degree in journalism from NYU.

The admission is $20 per person and is available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort06152021. The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landau and William Landa.

Jun
19
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jun 19 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. 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.

Jun
22
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “Tiffany, La Farge and Their Revolutionary Opalescent Glass Windows”
Jun 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Art historian Sylvia Laudien-Meo will give a visual presentation on Zoom as part of our Summer series of Tuesday Talks on June 22 at 4:00 pm.

Laudien-Meo will highlight the new late 19th century craft of opaque glass panes that revolutionized the decoration of Gilded Age churches and homes. Artists Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge were the lead competitors for prestigious private and public commissions throughout the country. Their works expressed the new interests in travel and foreign cultures, new passions for nature and landscape, an interest for symbolism, the Pre-Raphaelites and Art Nouveau, especially for complex interior decoration.

Laudiew-Meo: “We will look at the artists’ newly developed techniques as well as some of their most interesting work.”Both with backgrounds as successful and competing artists in painting and the decorative arts, Tiffany and La Farge simultaneously created incredibly detailed works of art using flat sheets of opalescent glass in an extraordinary range of colors and design, catapulting the medium to a new height of popularity.

The admission is $20 per person and available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort06222021.eventbrite.com The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.