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.

Jul
24
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jul 24 @ 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
27
Tue
SOLD OUT FOR ATTENDING AT VENTFORT HALL – STILL AVAILABLE ON ZOOM – Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “The Murder of King Tutankhamen”
Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

SOLD OUT FOR ATTENDING AT VENTFORT HALL – STILL AVAILABLE ON ZOOM

Known in the rarefied world of Egyptology as Mr. Mummy, Bob Brier returns to the mansion with a visual presentation titled “The Murder of Tutankhamen.”  To be seen also via Zoom as well as in person at Ventfort Hall, the renowned Egyptologist will present his talk on July 27 at 4:00 pm as part of our Tuesday Talks.

Three thousand years ago, King Tutankhamen, a 19-year-old pharaoh, died mysteriously. A small tomb was hastily readied, his body mummified, fabulous jewelry and furniture was gathered, and the tomb was sealed.  Then silence.

Brier will describe the fabulous discovery of the tomb in 1922 by Howard Carter.  Then, using an examination of the king’s skull, a letter from Tutankhamen’s widowed queen, and a royal ring, Brier will unravel the mystery of Tutankhamen’s death and will present his theory that the young pharaoh was murdered.

As Senior Research Fellow at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University, Brier conducts pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world’s most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, Ramses the Great, Eva Peron and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy.

In 1994, Brier became the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians.  This research was the subject of a National Geographic TV special titled “Mr. Mummy.”

The speaker was the host of several award-winning television specials, including “Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs” and “Mummy Detective.” National Geographic TV presented his research in a documentary called “Secret of the Great Pyramid,” discussing a new theory of how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built.  His research has been featured on such media venues as CNN, 60 Minutes and in the New York Times.  His most recent book is Cleopatra’s Needles: The Lost Obelisks of Egypt.

The admission for the Brier 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://ventfort07272021.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
31
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Jul 31 @ 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.

Aug
3
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom – “America’s Riviera: Gilded Age Houses & Gardens of the Hamptons”
Aug 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Architect, author and historian Gary Lawrance will give a visual presentation on “America’s Riviera: Gilded Age Houses & Gardens of the Hamptons” on Zoom. Lawrance will give his talk based on his bestselling book, Houses of the Hamptons 1880 – 1930, on August 3 at 4:00 pm as part of the museum’s summer series of Tuesday Talks.

Taking up fifty miles of the south shore of Long Island and located eighty miles east of New York City, the Hamptons encompasses the villages of Westhampton Beach. East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Southhampton. Originally settled by Puritans, the villages were discovered in the late 19th century by artists and the fashionably rich that enjoyed summer life at the beach, artistic endeavors and social gatherings. Ha

With an extensive background in Gilded Age history, Lawrance will explore The Hamptons as a premier resort known to this day for its glamour, luxury and architectural achievement. Less enamored with the grandeur of Newport, wealthy Hamptonites built summer places of exceptional variety, including Wooldon Manor, a 58-room English Tudor colossus; Red Maples, of Beaux-Arts opulence; Villa Mille Fiore, modeled after Rome’s Villa de Medici; The Orchard, a Stanford White commission; Chestertown House, with a renowned du Pont collection of early American antiques.  These are just a few of the estates that Lawrance will present, taken from his book of more than thirty houses.

Lawrance frequently lectures on Gilded Age architecture, landscapes and society for historical, garden, preservation and arts organizations, locally and nationally.  He also annually curates a symposium on the Gilded Age, held at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown, NY, and is currently vice-president of the American Country House Foundation based in NYC.

Lawrance has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, New York Social Daily and has written for Architectural Digest, Quest magazine, as well as for his Mansions of the Gilded Age blog.  He has founded four popular Facebook and Instagram media sites, Mansions of the Gilded Age and The Gilded Age Society with a combined following of over 300,000.

The admission for the Lawrance talk is $20 per person and is available on Zoom only. To order visit https://ventfort08032021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
6
Fri
Play – Nutshell Playhouse Performance of TOP BANANA!
Aug 6 @ 10:30 am

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.

“This 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.

Aug
7
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Aug 7 @ 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.