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.

 

Aug
21
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Aug 21 @ 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 – Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero Performs Group Presentation “Messages from Heaven”
Aug 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Messages from Heaven” with Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero is a group presentation during which she shares her gifts and ability to communicate with the afterlife.  She will appear at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, August 21 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

LoCicero states “My messages come through with bold validation while challenging audience skepticism and bringing healing. This communication with the dead is presented with compassion through validating readings for attending guests.” Rules will be read at the start of the session, followed by readings and closing with Q&A. Any attendee under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Personal reading is not necessarily guaranteed depending on the attendance of the event.

“Messages from Heaven” is LoCicero’s trademark presentation involving direct, divine and accurate “readings” for those who have lost loved ones.  She has presented her program at www.thebeyondcenter.com on Thursday nights for over fourteen years as well as in almost fifty states through retreats, conferences, businesses and client gatherings.

She is the proprietor of The Beyond Center in Vernon, Ct., where she hosts private sessions, teaches classes and holds small presentations.  Each year, she produces Connecticut’s largest Psychic & Beyond Expos.  Two years ago, the program included eighty vendors and 2,000 attendees.

LoCicero is the contributing author of“Adventures in Manifesting: Success and Spirituality,” the illustrator for “I Am the Beyond” and the author of “Living with Messages from Heaven: A Guide to Conversations with the Beyond.”  She is an advisory board member of the Spirit Alliance for COPE presented by the Yale Mental Health Department, which is presently studying the connections between seeing and hearing voices.

The admission for the LoCicero talk is $40 per person at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending the talk are required by calling 413-637-3206 or visit gildedage.org for more information.  The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Aug
24
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom Only – “The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour.”
Aug 24 @ 4:00 pm

The ultimate frequent flyer, raconteur and author Rene Silvin will relay his experiences with “The Concorde: Technology Meets Glamour.” His talk will be available only on Zoom. Silvin’s program is part of the museum’s Tuesday Talks.

The speaker flew on this technologically advanced plane 160 times, making him the perfect person to present the history of this marvel of technology from an in-depth, personal point of view. As one of Air France’s best customers, he was treated to a very early non-stop flight originating and ending in Paris.  It was akin to a 3½ – hour test flight over the Atlantic. He will also introduce us to the famous folk with whom he rubbed elbows in flight.

Of the 350 aircraft planned, a French/British joint development, a mere 20 were built due to the high cost of operation, and only 14 of these supersonic and expensive marvels went into service. Air France and British Airways were the only airlines that flew Concorde planes.

A fatal accident in 2000, followed by the tragic events of 9/11, precipitated Concorde’s decline in popularity and led to the eventual retirement of this still unsurpassed supersonic plane.

Silvinhas an active interest in historic preservation as vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission.  He is the author of Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Herand Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner, subjects of past lectures atVentfort Hall.  He is also the author of I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc to Triumph and Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach.

Admission for the Silvin talk is $20 per person. To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort08242021.eventbrite.com The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
26
Thu
Youth Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join us as Robert Oakes, educator and author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, leads a walk through the rooms and halls of this historic estate sharing tales of its hauntings. This one-hour tour is tailored to youths ages 7-12. Cost per child is $12. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who may attend for free. Reservations are required. To register call us at 413-637-3206.

 

Aug
28
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Aug 28 @ 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 28 @ 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
31
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom only – “The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met.” 
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm

Historian and author Francis Morrone, one of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum’s most popular speakers, will return, via Zoom only, to tell “The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met.”

He was an Oklahoma-born oil tycoon and dashing polo player and she was a Michigan-born beauty who for 40 years traveled the world acquiring French antiques and decorative arts for their 18-room apartment in New York, a home in London and a famed mansion in Palm Beach.

Charles and Jayne eventually gave hundreds of works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including porcelain, gilt bronzes, antique furniture, boiseries, paintings and sculpture.  Leading experts, even from beyond the Met, were approached to advise on the socially prominent couple’s museum-quality acquisitions.

Their extraordinary collections, a major lasting legacy, are exhibited in a series of recreated and stunning rooms and galleries. After her husband’s death in 1986, Jayne continued to be interested in the collections, even to the point of new textiles, reupholstering and lighting for the rooms, each presented as if it were a different time of day.

Morrone is also the author of eleven books, including architectural guide books.  His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic.  He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world.  He has also received an Arthur Ross Award in the category of History/Writing/Publishing from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

The admission for the Morrone talk is $20 per person and is available via Zoom only.  To Order on Zoom visit https://ventfort08312021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Sep
4
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Sep 4 @ 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.