Feb
24
Thu
Marionette Shows – Jack and the Beanstalk
Feb 24 @ 3:30 pm

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairy tale “Jack and the Beanstalk” for two marionette performances.  The dates and times are Monday, February 21st and Thursday, February 24th, both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings.

Sprague, who appears annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He has 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. Reservations are strongly recommended 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.

Feb
25
Fri
CLOSED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER
Feb 25 all-day
Feb
26
Sat
Youth Ghost Tour
Feb 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 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. 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.

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 please call us at 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.

SOLD OUT – Ghost Tours
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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 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 February 26 and March 12 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.

Mar
7
Mon
Encore Series Celebrating Women’s History Month
Mar 7 – Mar 31 all-day

Encore Series in Celebration of Women’s History Month
Streaming now through March 31
We are offering visual presentations that were pre-recorded at the mansion last year on Zoom.  These presentations are presented by speakers who are experts or specialists in the fields they cover.  These lectures are available to view at any time through the end of March.
Mary Pickford: The World’s First Major Movie Star
https://vhvodmarypickford.eventbrite.com
First Woman: Joanne Simpson and the Tropical Atmosphere 
https://vhvodjoannesimpson.eventbrite.com
Helen Hamilton Gardener: Fallen Woman, Free Thinker
https://vhvodhhg.eventbrite.com
Cost to order each presentation is $10. There are no in-person tickets for this event as it is online only. Click on the appropriate link to order.

Mar
12
Sat
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER
Mar 12 all-day
SOLD OUT – Ghost Tours
Mar 12 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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 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 February 26 and March 12 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.

Mar
13
Sun
CLOSED for a private event – Will reopen April 21
Mar 13 – Apr 20 all-day
Mar
15
Tue
Virtual Ghost Tour of Ventfort Hall On Demand
Mar 15 – Apr 20 all-day

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.

This virtual tour is now available on Zoom through April 20. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchase on Eventbrite using this link https://vhonlineghosttour.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.

Apr
9
Sat
Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop 10am – noon and 2 – 4 pm
Apr 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

ADDITIONAL WORKSHOP DATES HAVE BEEN ADDED, APRIL 11,12,13 and 14, 2 to 4 pm

Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft at our annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops on Saturday, April 9 from 10:00 am to 12 noon and again from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.  The workshop will take place at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St., Lenox and in practicing social distancing, will be limited to 6 people at each session. Masks will be required along with proof of vaccination and ID.

This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations.  Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta.

The technique begins with unwashed eggs (provided by a local poultry farm) which have a residue-free shell surface.  The Slavic Easter egg is a wax resistant technique which employs aniline dye later in the process. The decorating begins with drawing on the egg with wax, followed by immersion in the dye, with repeated wax drawing and dying as desired.  The eggs are uncooked and are “blown” out after the decorating has been completed.  The eggs may be displayed, when stored carefully, for an indefinite number of years.

The fee for each workshop, which includes all materials, is $35. Reservations are required and seats are limited. Children should be at least 12 years of age. 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. For reservations please visit https://ventfort04092022.eventbrite.com