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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Aug 7 @ 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.

Aug
10
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “The Titanic Epilogue: New York City after the Great Sinking”
Aug 10 @ 4:00 pm

Historian and NYC guide Dave Gardner will give his audience the scoop on “The Titanic Epilogue: New York City after the Great Sinking” on August 10 at 4:00 pm as part of the summer series of Tuesday Talks here at the mansion.

Gardner’s specialty is the ill-fated maiden journey of the Greatest Ship in the World and its aftermath. With his personal collection of historical photographs and vintage postcards, he will cover the tense days of high hopes, a play-by-play of the sinking’s impact on New York and its citizens, the arrival of the survivors, the media spectacle, the official investigation, the dispelled century-old myths, forgotten plaques, statues, gravestones and memorials found throughout New York dedicated to the Titanic’s 1,496 lost souls.

Gardner is a licensed NYC tour guide and a member of the Guides Association of New York City.  He is also a member of the Titanic Historical Society, the Titanic International Society, the British Titanic Society and the Belfast Titanic Society.  The latter city is the location of the original construction of the ship.  Gardner is currently writing a book that will include expanded threads of information on his subject.

The admission for the Gardner talk is $20 per person to attend at Ventfort Hall, where seating will be limited.  Reservations for attending the talk are required by calling 413-637-3206.  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.

Aug
14
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Aug 14 @ 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
15
Sun
CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE PARTY
Aug 15 all-day
Aug
17
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Love & Loss: Framing Memory in American Portraiture.”
Aug 17 @ 4:00 pm

A most timely subject after a year of the pandemic, art museum curator, lecturer and historian Robin Jaffee Frank returns to the mansion to give a visual presentation on “Love & Loss: Framing Memory in American Portraiture.” The speaker will appear in the library of the museum and will be seen via Zoom as well.

Frank’s subject is based on years of research that led to a book titled Love and Loss: American Portrait and Mourning Miniatures and essays, as well as “new scholarship and a deeper perspective” on Victorian mourning miniatures. She says, “Understanding the personal stories of love and loss that such keepsakes commemorate returns to them their power to move us.  And these exquisite objects and their histories have highly personal resonance today for so many of us… looking at these objects that attest to the resilience of the human spirit, reinterpreting them for this moment, convinces me that the topic matters now.”

Frank, considered an innovative art museum curator, has organized exhibitions, lectured and published widely on American visual culture from the colonial to contemporary periods.  As chief curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum, she oversaw the museum’s reinstallation of its newly renovated galleries, opened in 2015.  Before then, she was a curator at the Yale University Art Gallery.  She spoke at Ventfort Hall in 2019 on “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dream, 1861 – 2008,” the subject of a traveling exhibition which she curated.

Admission for the Frank talk is $20 per person whether via Zoom or by attending at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending the talk at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended by calling us at 413-637-3206. To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort08172021.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.