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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Sep 4 @ 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.

Sep
7
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story”
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm

Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will uncover facts behind his documentary film Gatsby in Connecticut, when he gives a visual presentation on “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom on September 7 at 4:00 pm as part of our Tuesday Talks.

Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, has become synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous on Long Island’s Gold Coast. According to Williams, the writer’s inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather from the wild summer of 1920 in Connecticut during Scott and Zelda’s honeymoon in Westport. There, illegal booze flowed freely and the local beaches hosted scandalous affairs.

With historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed many scholars of the book’s author, and met with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter.  Who was the mysterious millionaire that inspired the character of Jay Gatsby? What was the real inspiration for Gatsby’s mansion? And why doesn’t the geography of the novel reflect that of Long Island rather than that of Connecticut? Our inquiring speaker Williams has the answers and more.Williams will show exclusive video clips from Gatsby in Connecticut, as well as archival footage and never-before-seen photos of Westport and New York from the 1920s.

Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist. Gatsby in Connecticut, featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 36 films for Best Movies of 2020.  It was selected by ten film festivals that year and also won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. The full-length documentary is on Google Play.  Williams’ work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Billboard, and USA Today.He is also a musician and songwriter.

The admission for the Williams talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort09072021.eventbrite.com To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (413) 637-3106. 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.

Sep
11
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Sep 11 @ 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.
Sep 11 @ 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.

Sep
14
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian & Jazz Age Fashions”
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Diane Shewchuk, Curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, will provide at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom a glimpse into what is involved in the creation of exhibitions featuring historic clothing.  She will make her presentation on September 14 at 4:00 pm concluding our 2021 Tuesday Talk series.

In this lively behind-the-scenes presentation, Shewchuk will discuss how dresses made of fragile silks and beaded chiffons are carefully put on mannequins. She will also talk about creating the proper silhouette and show you secrets of the dress trade by looking inside dresses from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries with an emphasis on Victorian dresses made by Charles Frederick Worth.

In her exhibition, “Well Dressed in Victorian Albany,” Shewchuk shared fifty examples from the Albany Institute’s extensive collection of 19th century clothing. Examples of late 18th and early 19th century garments were included in her exhibition “The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle.” On August 28, the museum will have showcased other dresses from the collection in the exhibition “Fashionable Frocks: The Look of the 1920s.” Shewchuk’s presentation at Ventfort Hall will shine a spotlight of some of the amazing garments that were included in these three exhibitions.

Shewchuk has more than thirty years of experience working in the museum and historic house field in New York State with both collections-based and public programming. She has held the positions of Curator at Clermont State Historic Site, Historic Site Manager at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Curator and then Director at the Columbia County Historical Society before joining the Albany Institute of History & Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions on a variety of themes.

The admission for the Shewchuk talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort09142021.eventbrite.com To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (413) 637-3106. 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.

Sep
18
Sat
CANCELLED – Demonstration and Talk – “Get Ready with Me: Gibson Girl”
Sep 18 @ 2:00 pm

CANCELLED

Pittsfield hair stylist, Kate Baisley, of Kate Audrey Artistry, will present a brief history of the beauty trends, routines and cosmetics of the Edwardian era, followed by a hair and makeup demonstration on a live costumed model at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, September 18 at 2 pm. Baisley’s presentation coincides with the mansion’s “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon” exhibit now on view and with ArtWeek Berkshires that takes place September 16 – 26.

Charles Dana Gibson, the most talented and successful commercial artist between 1890 and 1920, created an ideal American woman, so lovely that she would become for all time the symbol of her own age – The Gibson Girl.  Tall, elegant, independent and strong, she was competent either on a bicycle or in the ballroom.  She was a national treasure, a definition of style that taught an entire generation of women how to walk, talk and dress.

Kate will show her audience how this woman became the first standard of beauty for American women; the timeless beauty of the classic Gibson Girl look. Kate’s audience will learn about the hair and make-up products that were in use during the time; learn how to create the hair shape and silhouettes that were the rage, and understand the evolution of beauty products and modern substitutions to achieve similar Gilded Age results.

Kate has trained with top New York stylists and has been a member of the Aveda New York Fashion Week team.  She is also a member of the Ventfort Hall board of directors.

Admission is $25.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Sep
24
Fri
Paranormal Investigation – “Walking Amongst the Shadows at Ventfort Hall”
Sep 24 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

David Raby returns for another paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall.  Join him on Friday evening, September 24 from 7 pm to midnight.

A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. Undaunted, he enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain.

Raby is the author of four published books and countless online articles. With his passion for the paranormal field, he has accumulated over a decade of experience, founded a paranormal group and has helped many people (and spirits) that ranged between the curious and those seeking urgent advice.

His interest in the paranormal was shaped by the fact that spirits seem to be attracted to his compassion and openness. He has a knack for storytelling that fuels his intensive historical research and fact finding.

He believes that by bringing people’s stories out of the shadows and into the light of our awareness, they may find eternal rest and peace.

Before the investigation, Raby will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways – and possibly still reside within. He will also share some of his favorite evidence from previous investigations and will be happy to answer any questions about paranormal investigations. This event is perfect for everyone; from someone who has never been on a paranormal investigation to the seasoned investigator.

Masks that cover both the mouth and nose are required during this event.  Social distancing will be practiced.  Non-refundable tickets for this exciting event are $38 per person with a reduced rate of $20 for ages 12 – 18 and 19-23 with student ID and are limited. Reservations are required. No walk-ins. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.

Sep
25
Sat
CANCELLED – Talk – “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon”
Sep 25 @ 3:30 pm

Program committee member Tom Hayes will give a visual presentation on “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon,” covering the life of the famed artist, his work and his wife and model, Irene, at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, September 25 at 3:30 pm. Hayes’s talk coincides with the mansion’s exhibit of the same title, now on view, and with ArtWeek Berkshires that takes place September 16 – 26.

Charles Dana Gibson, the most talented and successful commercial artist between 1890 and 1920, created an ideal American woman, so lovely that she would become for all time the symbol of her own age – The Gibson Girl.  Tall, elegant, independent and strong, she was competent either on a bicycle or in the ballroom.  She was a national treasure, a definition of style that taught an entire generation of women how to walk, talk and dress.

Hayes has lectured extensively, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Cooper-Hewitt Museum, Canyon Ranch in the Berkshires, Berkshire Institute for Lifetime Learning and Elder Hostel.  He served as president of Edith Wharton Restoration at The Mount and is presently co-owner of Classical Excursions, a specialty tour company.

Admission is $20.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

Oct
2
Sat
CANCELED – Hat Decorating Workshop
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

CANCELED

To complement our exhibit “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon,” Ventfort Hall is hosting a hat decorating workshop with Nancy Whelan, a graphic designer and decorative artist. Please join us for an afternoon of creativity as we adorn hats reminiscent of the elaborate headpieces worn in Edwardian times and often pictured in Charles Dana Gibson’s illustrations.

From the opulent “Merry Widow” to the simple straw boater, participants will create their own fashionable Gibson Girl style hat. Ventfort Hall will provide hats and trims – silk flowers, feathers, ribbon and lace. Nancy, who is a staff member at Ventfort Hall, will guide the workshop and have samples and images from the era as inspiration.

Whelan has had a life-long passion for all things Gilded Age. She enjoys researching historical fashions and creating clothing and costumes from many periods. At Ventfort Hall she coordinates our group tours, lunches and teas, as well as decking our halls for the holidays with Victorian flair.

Tickets for the workshop are $35 per person and include the cost of materials. Reservations are required. Call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.