Nov
6
Sat
Talk – “The Brushwood Farm Story”
Nov 6 @ 3:30 pm

Cornelia Brooke Gilder returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a talk on “The Brushwood Farm Story.” Her lecture is scheduled for Saturday, November 6 at 3:30 pm.

As the Town of Lenox considers a new housing proposal for the long-underused Brushwood Farm property on Route 7, local historian Cornelia Brooke Gilder will take us back to the days when it was the working farm of the Godwin sisters. Drawing on albums and art portfolios in archives in New York State and Georgia, Gilder will recapture the era of the athletic, creative and public-spirited Elizabeth (Lovie) and Frances (Tiny) Godwin, great, granddaughters of the influential newspaper editor, William Cullen Bryant.

The Godwins renamed the Federal style Lenox farmhouse of the Root family, Brushwood, and from 1915 to 1975 it was a gracious gathering place with extensive flower gardens and rockery behind (now a parking lot for Your Color Connection and Personal Body Precision).  Brushwood’s barns sheltered their pedigreed horses and in the studio Frances honed her talent as an equine sculptor.

The Godwin sisters were active in Lenox Horse Shows, parades and flower shows and were founders of “Berkshire Industries” an enterprise based at the Lenox Academy to market locally-made handicrafts, metalwork, pottery and art during the Great Depression.

Gilder has co-authored with Richard S. Jackson, Jr., Houses of the Berkshires, 1870 – 1930, named an honor book by Historic New England; authored Edith Wharton’s Lenox; co-authored with Julia Conklin Peters Hawthorne’s Lenox: The Tanglewood Circle, and with Joan Olshansky A History of Ventfort Hall.  Gilder also contributed to the exhibition A Walk in the Country: George Inness and the Berkshires on view at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute.

Tickets for the Gilder talk are $20 per person. $10 tickets for students with a college ID ages 18-23 or children under 18. Reservations for attending the talk are required by calling 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

Nov
7
Sun
CLOSING EARLY AT 2 PM ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7. LAST TOUR IS AT 1 PM.
Nov 7 @ 1:00 pm
SOLD OUT – Celebration Concert and Tea
Nov 7 @ 3:30 pm

SOLD OUT

Come join us at Ventfort Hall to celebrate the return of the piano purchased by the Morgans in 1895 for Ventfort Hall. The concert will be played on the beautiful rosewood, six foot Steinway. Join us for some songs from the Bowery, a bit of Ragtime, and of course a bit of audience participation for a musical step back to the Gilded Age, with Amy Renak.  A lovely tea shall follow the program.

A few months ago, Ventfort Hall received some amazing news.  An offer came from George and Sarah Morgan’s great, great, great grandson to donate the piano that had been purchased by the couple 126 years ago for their new home, Ventfort Hall! He received the piano from his grandmother in 2011 who requested that if he could no longer keep the piano, it be returned to Ventfort Hall.

The piano had left Ventfort Hall when the Morgan children took over the mansion after their parents’ passing and almost all of the original furnishings were auctioned off and thus lost to us. Since 1895 it has travelled from the Steinway factory in Astoria New York to Lenox, Ma to New York City to Portland Oregon and finally back to Lenox, MA, coming full circle.

Although Steinway keeps confidential information about their customers, Ventfort Hall was able to confirm, using the serial number etched into the piano, that the instrument was completed on March 28, 1895, and shipped to a customer at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1895.

That a piano purchased in 1895 is still owned by the same family is indeed rare. The piano arrived at Ventfort Hall last month. It is indeed a fitting addition to the museum. It makes the return of the piano even more special. This event is a fundraiser to establish a fund for the maintenance of the piano

Amy Renak has been a piano teacher and choir director in Pittsfield and Great Barrington for many years.  She happily teaches piano at the Berkshire Music School and Miss Hall’s School, is the director of music at Zion Lutheran Church in Pittsfield and is the choir director at Hevreh of Southern Berkshire in Great Barrington.  Amy enjoys entertaining the occasional gathering, in a ball room, living room, or beautifully appointed drawing room such as the one at Ventfort Hall. Amy is married to Mark Mitchell and lives in Pittsfield.

This event is co-chaired by Board Members Helen Charbonneau and Natalie Johnsonius Neubert.

Tickets to attend the concert and tea are $35 per person. Reservations are required by calling 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

Nov
25
Thu
CLOSED ON THANKSGIVING
Nov 25 all-day
Nov
26
Fri
Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt
Nov 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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 November 13 and 26 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. Proof of vaccination, ID and masks required.

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.

Nov
27
Sat
Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero to Share “Messages from Heaven”
Nov 27 @ 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, November 27 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.

“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. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Dec
4
Sat
One Man Show – “A Christmas Carol”
Dec 4 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol here at the mansion on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm. An elegant tea will follow.

Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!”  “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.”  “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.”  “A Dickens of a performance.”

Gerald Dickens has been performing one-man stage shows based on the life and works of his ancestor for over twenty years, undertaking major tours of both the UK and America each year. As part of his performance of the atmospheric ghost story The Signalman, Gerald began to research the circumstances behind the Staplehurst rail crash of June 9, 1865 which led to his writing of a new book, Dickens and Staplehurst, which we hope to have available for purchase at this event.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the tea are $60. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia! Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Dec
5
Sun
One Man Show – “A Christmas Carol”
Dec 5 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol here at the mansion on Saturday, December 4, and Sunday, December 5, 2021 at 3:00 pm. An elegant tea will follow.

Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!”  “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.”  “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.”  “A Dickens of a performance.”

Gerald Dickens has been performing one-man stage shows based on the life and works of his ancestor for over twenty years, undertaking major tours of both the UK and America each year. As part of his performance of the atmospheric ghost story The Signalman, Gerald began to research the circumstances behind the Staplehurst rail crash of June 9, 1865 which led to his writing of a new book, Dickens and Staplehurst, which we hope to have available for purchase at this event.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the tea are $60. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia! Reservations are required and can be made by calling (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Dec
19
Sun
Holiday Cabaret and Tea – “Swingin’ in the Season”
Dec 19 @ 3:30 pm

Please join us for a festive and fun afternoon on Sunday, December 19 at 3:30 pm. The mansion will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season. A lovely tea shall follow the program.

Celebrate the season with a Holiday Cabaret performed by singer Sherri James Buxton with Bob Shepherd accompanying on the beautiful rosewood, six foot Steinway, recently returned to the museum from the Morgan family.

The program will feature seasonal songs from Broadway musicals and the Great American Songbook as well as traditional favorites and some audience participation. There will be a sing along of traditional carols including The Twelve Days of Christmas with parts to 12 (or more) audience members.

Sherri James Buxton is an elegant interpreter of a wide range of genres from standards and show tunes to jazz, delighting audiences with her warmth, depth, versatility and flawless technique. She combines a lifelong love of melody and lyric with a highly skilled voice and beautiful stage presence. If you’ve heard a Buxton performance of a song, you’ve heard that song’s definitive interpretation. Sherri has appeared on and off Broadway, and in numerous cabaret venues. She got her first professional break at the age of seventeen when she was cast as The Girl in an off Broadway production of “The Fantasticks”. She was in the original Broadway production of “Look to the Lilies” and has performed at The Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera and Kansas City Starlight Theatre. Locally she has appeared at the Pittsfield Jazz Festival and her jazz group, the Sherri James Buxton Trio, was the main attraction in the Cranwell Resort “Music Room” supper club. Sherri has also performed at The Colonial Theatre, The Norman Rockwell Museum, The Berkshire Athenaeum, The Gateways Inn, Mission Bar and Tapas, Castle Street Café and the Seven Hills Cabaret. Sherri teaches at the Berkshire Music School where her popular Cabaret Workshop is in the 20th season.

Bob Shepherd has been a working pianist in New England for 70 years. He plays beautiful jazz music in various venues from solo to big band and especially enjoys accompanying singers who consider him a musician’s magician

This event is co-chaired by Board Members Helen Charbonneau and Natalie Johnsonius Neubert.

Tickets to attend the concert are $45 per person. Reservations are required by calling 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.