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.

Dec
25
Sat
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
27
Mon
SOLD OUT Marionette Show – “The Merry Monsters”
Dec 27 @ 3:30 pm

BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with his new program “The Merry Monsters” for two holiday vacation week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Monday, December 27th and Thursday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings.

“The Merry Monsters” is a holiday comedy for all ages. It will feature his historic puppet theatre’s extensive cast of odd characters – witches and demons, vampires and dragons, various princesses (in distress and otherwise), sorcerers (including Harry Potter) as well as animals of all descriptions. It will be silly and fun. Please come for a holiday laugh.

Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.  Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.

Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.

Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for age 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holidays. Reservations are strongly recommend as seating is limited and can be made by calling (413) 637-3206. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.   Proof of vaccination including ages 5 and over, ID for ages 18 and over and masks are required.

Dec
30
Thu
SOLD OUT Marionette Show – “The Merry Monsters”
Dec 30 @ 3:30 pm

BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with his new program “The Merry Monsters” for two holiday vacation week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Monday, December 27th and Thursday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings.

“The Merry Monsters” is a holiday comedy for all ages. It will feature his historic puppet theatre’s extensive cast of odd characters – witches and demons, vampires and dragons, various princesses (in distress and otherwise), sorcerers (including Harry Potter) as well as animals of all descriptions. It will be silly and fun. Please come for a holiday laugh.

Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.  Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.

Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.

Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for age 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Ventfort Hall is decorated for the holidays. Reservations are strongly recommend as seating is limited and can be made by calling (413) 637-3206. Walk-ins will be accommodated as space allows. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.   Proof of vaccination including ages 5 and over, ID for ages 18 and over and masks are required.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt
Dec 30 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

DEC. 30 TOUR IS SOLD OUT – FEW TICKETS REMAIN FOR DEC. 17 TOUR

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 December 17 and 30 at 6 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.

Dec
31
Fri
Virtual Ghost Tour with Robert Oakes Available On Demand through January 7
Dec 31 @ 8:00 pm

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, leads you through not only the rooms and halls of this historic estate, sharing tales of its haunting, but also through selected third floor and basement areas never before shown to the public. Even if you have attended one of his onsite tours you won’t want to miss this one with the never before seen footage. Oakes will be available for a questions and answer session after the virtual tour.

This virtual tour will be available on demand. Cost is $20. Tickets can be purchase on Eventbrite using this link https://vhonlineghosttour2022.eventbrite.com. Discounted tickets are available for Ventfort Hall members. To receive your members discount code before ordering email info@gildedage.org.  Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable.

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 represented the museum and its ghosts 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.

Jan
9
Sun
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO ICY WEATHER
Jan 9 all-day

CLOSED TODAY DUE TO ICY WEATHER

Jan
15
Sat
Talk – “Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires”
Jan 15 @ 3:30 pm

Jeremy Davis, an author, skier and meteorologist, will present “Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires” here at the mansion on Saturday, January 15th at 3:30 pm.

From the 1930s to the 1970s, forty-four ski areas were developed throughout the Berkshires, ranging from community rope tows to all inclusive resorts. Only seven remain today. This presentation, based on Davis’ 2018 award winning book Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires, explores the histories of these former ski areas and their contributions to the ski industry. Before and after photographs, trail maps, personal stories, and their new roles in the landscape will be shown to bring these mostly forgotten areas to life. Davis will have copies of the book available at the conclusion of the presentation.

Jeremy Davis is a skier, writer and meteorologist. Originally from Chelmsford, Massachusetts, he graduated from Lyndon State College with a degree in meteorology and is an Operations Manager and Senior Meteorologist at Weather Routing Inc. since 2000. In 1998, he founded the New England and Northeast Lost Ski Areas Project (www.nelsap.org), which documents the history of former ski areas throughout the region, The site won a Cyber Award for best ski history website from the International Skiing History Association (ISHA). In 2000, he was elected to the board of directors of the New England Ski Museum and continues to serve today. He is the author of five books: Lost Ski Areas of the White Mountains, Lost Ski Areas of Southern Vermont, Lost Ski Areas of the Southern Adirondacks, Lost Ski Areas of the Northern Adirondacks, and Lost Ski Areas of the Berkshires. Both Adirondacks books and the Berkshire book have won ISHA Skade Awards. He also serves on the editorial review board of ISHA’s magazine, Skiing History.

Tickets to attend are $20 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.

Jan
28
Fri
Ghost Tours
Jan 28 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 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 not an active investigation.

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 represented the museum and its ghosts 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.

The tours will take place on January 28, February 12, 26, March 12 and 18 all at 7 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Feb
5
Sat
Talk – Forgotten Trailblazing Woman of Lenox’s Gilded Age
Feb 5 @ 3:30 pm

Local historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder return to the mansion to tell the story of Constance Cary Harrison, theatrical producer and best-selling author in Lenox’s Gilded Age, here at the mansion on Saturday, February 5 at 3:30 pm. The lecture is also available to attend on Zoom.

Constance Harrison’s story is unique and worthy of an Edith Wharton plot. In the late 1860s, penniless but well-connected, she came to New York from Richmond Virginia after her husband’s release from solitary confinement in a military prison. Together they reinvented their lives, and she became one of the most popular novelists of her day (a decade before Edith Wharton’s rise to success.) From their rented summer house on the Old Stockbridge Road in Lenox, Harrison staged plays at the Lenox Library and incorporated Berkshire scenes in her scores of effervescent short stories and novels.

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 to attend are $20 per person. To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are required by calling 413-637-3206. To attend via Zoom, visit https://ventfort02052022.eventbrite.com to purchase your ticket. 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.