Jul
3
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jul 3 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE SOLD OUT

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, leads you through the rooms and halls of this historic estate sharing tales of its hauntings. Stand in the places where the eerie encounters occurred, listen to the first-hand accounts of those who experienced them, and maybe even experience something unusual yourself. This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

Robert Oakes is an author, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox, MA, and has appeared on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS, and The Apple Seed show on BYUradio. In 2020 Robert’s debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing.

Jul
6
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “A First Woman in Meteorology: Joanne Simpson & the Tropical Atmosphere”
Jul 6 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

A leading authority on weather, climate and human affairs, Prof. James Rodger Fleming will give a visual presentation on the subject of his recent book First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere for a Tuesday Talk on July 6 at 4:00 pm.  He will give his lecture on this trailblazing female meteorologist via Zoom only as part of our summer series of talks.

Fleming is a professor of science, technology and society, and his subject is the story of the first American woman to earn a Ph.D. in meteorology.  Her discovery?  Clouds are the spark plugs in the heat engine of the tropical atmosphere, and heat from the tropics drives the planet’s general circulation. Atmospheric scientists did not know this in the 1950s, but Simpson did. She held a passion for clouds and severe storms. She flew into and above them, photographed, modeled and attempted to modify them, studying them from all angles.

Most histories of meteorology focus on polar and temperate regions and the accomplishments of male scientists.  Simpson’s work on tropical atmosphere did not fit this pattern. She held two university professorships, mentored a generation of meteorologists and blazed a trail for women in a male-dominated field.

Fleming is the Charles A. Dana Professor of Science, Technology and Society at Colby College, Waterville, ME, and a research associate at the Smithsonian Institution. His teaching bridges the sciences and the humanities, and his research interests involve the history of geophysical sciences, especially meteorology and climate change.  He has written extensively on the history of weather, climate, technology and the environment including social, cultural and intellectual aspects.

The admission for the Fleming talk is $20 per person and is available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort07062021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Jul
10
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jul 10 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

Jul
11
Sun
Play – Nutshell Playhouse Performance of TOP BANANA!
Jul 11 @ 1:30 pm

Self-described kooky Commander-in-Chief Don Jordan of the Nutshell Playhouse will bring his troupe to appear in an original production here at the mansion. The program is appropriate for children of all ages accompanied by their grown-ups, according to Jordan.  Kids ages 3 – 10 will particularly enjoy the show. Admission tickets are $15 for adults, $7.00 for ages 4 – 17 and ages 3 and under are free.  The performance will be held outside on the mansion grounds. Please bring chairs or blankets. Masks required if unvaccinated. Reservations for attending the performance are required by calling us at 413-637-3206.  The mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

In case of inclement weather, all attendees will be notified via email about the cancellation. Those who did not provide an email address will receive a phone call.  This will also be posted on our Instagram and Facebook pages. 
Below are the options for what to do with your tickets in this scenario: 
1. Exchange to a future event with the Nutshell Playhouse at Ventfort Hall .
2. Use the tickets as a credit on the day of the scheduled performance to visit Ventfort Hall on a self-guided tour (cannot be transferred to a future date).
3. Donate the tickets to Ventfort Hall and receive a receipt for your tax-deductible donation.

“It is a fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights,” says Jordan.  The cast includes Annie Anaconda, the Singing Snake; Engelburt, the Morphing Puppet Storyteller; the Singing Saw by Zesty; Tap Dancing by Nemonee, and A Motley Crew of Instruments played by Donut. Also listed are “Brand Spanking New Songs and Nutshell Classic Tunes with Don Jordan accompanying. As Always…Our Usual Abundance of Frolicsome Shenanigans.”

Who is the ace, the head honcho, the big enchilada, the big wig, the second to none?  Performers Maizy Broderick Scarpa, Mark Hohlstein and Stefanie Weber discover that being top banana is nowhere near as good as being part of a banana split.

Jordan, Artistic Director/Accompanist, founded the Nutshell Playhouse in 2003.  Before then, he taught and performed with Teatro Studio and I Gesti di Roma in Italy before being invited to perform with Mummenschanz on Broadway. He directed the Pan Twilight Circus’s 1995 production of Creatures of the Lawn, and served as Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus.

Jordan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Smith College, Berkshire Community College, Shakespeare and Co., Barnard College and the Julliard School.  He has also taught at schools in France and Spain.  He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Nutshell Playhouse productions have been performed throughout the Berkshires, including the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Athenaeum, Main Street Stage, The Gutherie Center, Clark Art Institute and Whitney Center for the Arts.

Jul
13
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – ““A Worse Place than Hell: Five Eye-Witness Accounts of the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg”
Jul 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Illuminating the experiences of five eye-witnesses, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Prof. John T. Matteson will cover A Worse Place Than Hell: How the Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg Changed a Nation, his newest book. Matteson will give his visual presentation in the library as well as via Zoom here at the mansion on Tuesday, July 13 at 4:00 pm.  His lecture is part of our summer series of Tuesday Talks.

Matteson focuses on three harrowing months of the Civil War and their enduring legacy for America.  December 1862 drove the United States toward a breaking point.  The Battle of Fredericksburg shattered Union forces and Northern confidence. This critical moment also tested five extraordinary individuals whose lives reflect the soul of the nation.  The changes they underwent led to profound repercussions in the country’s law, literature, politics and popular mythology.  Taken together, their stories offer a striking restatement of what it means to be American.

 Young Harvard intellectual steeped in courageous ideals, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. confronted grave challenges to his concept of duty. The one-eyed army chaplain Arthur Fuller pitted his frail body against the evils of slavery. Walt Whitman, a gay Brooklyn poet condemned by the guardians of propriety, and struggling young writer Louisa May Alcott both nursed soldiers’ wracked bodies.  On the other side, John Pelham, a West Point cadet from Alabama, achieved excellence in artillery tactics as he served a doomed cause.

Matteson received the Pulitzer Prize for Eden’s Outcasts: The Story of Louisa May Alcott and Her Father, the subject of his lecture at Ventfort Hall in 2013.  He also received the Ann M. Sperber Prize for The Lives of Margaret Fuller.  He is the Distinguished Professor of English at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.

Admission for the Matteson talk is $20 per person whether via Zoom or by attending at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending the talk at Ventfort Hall are required by calling 413-637-3206. To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort07132021.eventbrite.com The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Jul
17
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jul 17 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

CANCELLED Play – Nutshell Playhouse Performances of SAVING JAZZY
Jul 17 @ 10:30 am

CANCELLED

Self-described kooky Commander-in-Chief Don Jordan of the Nutshell Playhouse will bring his troupe to appear in an original production here at the mansion. The program is appropriate for children of all ages accompanied by their grown-ups, according to Jordan.  Kids ages 3 – 10 will particularly enjoy the show. Admission tickets are $15 for adults, $7.00 for ages 4 – 17 and ages 3 and under are free.  The performance will be held outside on the mansion grounds. Please bring chairs or blankets. Masks required if unvaccinated. Reservations for attending the performance are required by calling us at 413-637-3206.  The mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

SAVING JAZZY is a Musical and Visual Eco-Fantasy that asks the question, “Can Mambo and Nemonee save the beautiful but endangered Floratius Serendipitus, namely Jazzy LaFleur, The Most Beautiful Flower in the World?” Special Guests are Annie Anaconda, the Singing Snake in addition and The Ghost of King Nutinmuchinkamen.  Jordan also promises a Ride on the Tapasonic Air Transportaflyer to The Amazon Rain Forest, The North Pole and The Great Sahara Desert, where the audience will meet the show’s wonderful characters performed by Alexia Trainer and Stefanie Weber.

This original production provides a chance to awaken children to earth’s mysteries and the delicate balance of nature.  It will also provide a wonderful complement to elementary school science programs.

Jordan, Artistic Director/Accompanist, founded the Nutshell Playhouse in 2003.  Before then, he taught and performed with Teatro Studio and I Gesti di Roma in Italy before being invited to perform with Mummenschanz on Broadway. He directed the Pan Twilight Circus’s 1995 production of Creatures of the Lawn, and served as Artistic Director of the Pickle Family Circus.

Jordan has taught as an adjunct faculty member at Smith College, Berkshire Community College, Shakespeare and Co., Barnard College and the Julliard School.  He has also taught at schools in France and Spain.  He is a graduate of the Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris.

Nutshell Playhouse productions have been performed throughout the Berkshires, including the Barrington Stage Company, Berkshire Athenaeum, Main Street Stage, The Gutherie Center, Clark Art Institute and Whitney Center for the Arts.

Rain date info: In case of inclement weather all attendees will be notified via email about the cancellation. Those who did not provide an email address will receive a phone call. The cancellation will also be posted on our Facebook and Instagram pages.  Here are your options for what to do with your ticket in this scenario:

  1. Exchange to a future event with the Nutshell Playhouse at Ventfort Hall
  2. Use the tickets as a credit on the day of the scheduled performance to visit Ventfort Hall on a self-guided tour (cannot be transferred to a future date).
  3. Donate the tickets to Ventfort Hall and receive a receipt for a tax deductible donation.
Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Jul 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE SOLD OUT

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, leads you through the rooms and halls of this historic estate sharing tales of its hauntings. Stand in the places where the eerie encounters occurred, listen to the first-hand accounts of those who experienced them, and maybe even experience something unusual yourself. This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

Robert Oakes is an author, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton’s The Mount in Lenox, MA, and has appeared on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger’s New England Legends series on PBS, and The Apple Seed show on BYUradio. In 2020 Robert’s debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing.

Jul
20
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship & Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age”
Jul 20 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Anthony Comstock, anti-vice activist and U. S. Postal Inspector, was an important man in the lives of 19th century women.  New York author of twelve books, screenplays, articles and columns, Amy Sohn will cover this overlooked story found in her latest book, The Man Who Hated Women: Sex, Censorship, and Civil Liberties in the Gilded Age, out this July, for an illustrated lecture here at the mansion. Sohn will make her presentation in person at Ventfort Hall and also via Zoom, on July 20 at 4:00 pm as part of our summer series of Tuesday Talks.

Comstock’s eponymous law, passed by Congress in 1873, penalized the mailing of contraception and obscenity with harsh sentences and steep fines; his name was soon equated with repression and prudery by feminists of the time.  Between 1873 and the ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920, eight women were tried under the Comstock Law. These “sex radicals” supported contraception, sexual education, gender equality and a women’s right to sexual pleasure.  They took on Comstock in explicit, bold, personal writing, seeking to redefine work, family, sex and love for a new era.

These women fought Comstock in court and the press, risking imprisonment and death.  They were publishers, editors and doctors, including the first woman presidential candidate, Victoria C. Woodhull; birth control activist Margaret Sanger; and the anarchist Emma Goldman.  They paved the way for modern-day feminism.  Sohn will recount their personal and romantic travails and political battles.

Sohn is a New York Times-bestselling novelist, including Prospect Park West, Motherland, My Old Man and The Actress.  Her books have been published in eleven languages.  She co-created, wrote and starred in one of the first original programs to air on Oxygen, “Avenue Amy.” As a contributing editor for New York magazine, she wrote the columns “Naked City,” “Mating” and “Breeding.”  As a freelance journalist, Sohn has written for the New York Times, Slate, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle and many others.  She has written television pilots for HBO, ABC and Fox.

Admission for the Sohn talk is $20 per person whether via Zoom or by attending at Ventfort Hall.  Reservations for attending the talk at Ventfort Hall are required by calling 413-637-3206. To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort07202021.eventbrite.com The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.