Aug
16
Tue
Tea & Talk – The Gilded Age in Fact and Fiction
Aug 16 @ 4:00 pm

Carol Wallace, writer of 23 books, will speak at Ventfort Hall on Tuesday, August 16 at 4 pm. A tea will follow her presentation.

Carol’s talk will investigate the enduring fictional appeal of the Gilded Age for contemporary readers and writers. Julian Fellowes claims her book To Marry an English Lord as the inspiration for Downton Abbey.

Wallace grew up in a Victorian house in Connecticut and spent many hours of her childhood in the public library next door (built in 1887). Her father was a sports writer for the New York Times and her mother ran a book store. After graduating from Princeton she spent several years working for a publishing company and was one of the co-authors of The Official Preppy Handbook. Among her other books are two novels of romantic suspense, several baby name books, and To Marry an English Lord. Her 23rd title is Our Kind of People.

The New York Times Book Review from its “Summer Reading” roundup on Our Kind of People said: “The fixtures of New York social life in the late 19th century are under siege in Carol Wallace’s charming historical romance…Perfect for appetites that have been whetted by HBO’s “The Gilded Age,” it follows the fortunes of Helen and Joshua Wilcox, whose love match (she’s from an old family; his barely qualifies as “trade”) still attaches a whiff of scandal to their teenage daughters, Jemima and Alice, when debutante season arrives.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox. The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
20
Sat
Closing at 2 pm for a Private Event
Aug 20 @ 2:00 pm
Aug
23
Tue
Tea & Talk – Hair and Makeup of the Gilded Age
Aug 23 @ 4:00 pm

Berkshire based hair and makeup artist, Kate Baisley, will speak here at the mansion on Tuesday, August 23 at 4 pm. A tea will follow her presentation

During her talk she will break down the most popular makeup looks and hairstyle trends of the Gilded Age. This talk will cover the beauty routines and cosmetics of the era and Kate will describe how women created an image to impress society and maintained their appearance in context of the beauty influences and icons at the turn of the century.

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

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
27
Sat
Closed All Day for a Private Event
Aug 27 all-day
Aug
30
Tue
Tea & Talk – ‘A part I never rehearsed’: The Unscripted Role of the First Lady
Aug 30 @ 4:00 pm

Amy Russo, author and reporter at the Providence Journal, will speak about First Ladies of the White House here at the mansion on Tuesday, August 30 at 4 pm. She will discuss material in her book, Women of the White House, the illustrated story of the First Ladies of the United States of America A tea will follow her presentation.

‘A part I never rehearsed’: The unscripted role of the First Lady is a quote taken from Lady Bird Johnson, who said it when describing her reaction to becoming First Lady. Some First Ladies are known for their image and style, others are known for their political ambitions and some aren’t well known at all. One thing they all have in common: they took on a role for which they never applied. Each First Lady, in their own way, helped to define a position for which there is no job description.

Amy Russo joined The Providence Journal as a city reporter in 2021. A New York City transplant, she previously wrote for outlets including The New York Post, HuffPost and NBC News, where she scripted a daily morning news show. Her coverage has spanned politics, national news and the media industry itself. Amy has also reported internationally, investigating Sweden’s treatment of child refugees in 2017 as a fellow for the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Amy is a graduate of Hunter College in Manhattan.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

The summer series of Tea & Talks is sponsored in part by board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Sep
3
Sat
Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes Return Sept. 3 and 25
Sep 3 @ 7:30 pm

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, returns in September and throughout the fall to lead 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 September tours will take place on September 3 and 25 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets 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 and ID required.

Sep
10
Sat
Tea & Talk – The History of Tiffany’s Jewelry Store: Louis Comfort Tiffany
Sep 10 @ 3:30 pm

Historian, retired Professor of Art and former Board Member, Julie Agar will highlight Tiffany’s career and her family’s association with Tiffany during her presentation at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, September 10 at 3:30 pm. A tea will follow her presentation.

She will trace the history and development of Tiffany’s jewelry store from its founding in 1837 as a stationary and notions store. Emphasis will be placed on the expansion of selling Bohemian glass, porcelain, stained glass and jewelry of a quality and beauty far above any of its competition. It established its reputation as the nations undisputed first class jewelry merchant by 1848.

Agar is the great, great grandniece of Charles T. Cook who became assistant secretary in 1868 and president in 1902. He started with the company at age 14. Her family was a major stock holder until the 1930s. She will share some of the family stories about Tiffany.

As the golden boy of America’s Gilded Age, Tiffany orchestrated glass, color and light into memorable visual symphonies. Many people know his stained glass work but are unaware that he created mosaics, vases, jewelry, metal work and desk sets. In addition he was a highly creative interior designer and known for designing the interior of Marl Twain’s home in Hartford, CT.

Agar is a retired professor of art and museum education at Carlow University, Pittsburgh, PA and a former board member of Ventfort Hall.

Tickets are $30 for members and with advance reservation; $35 day of; $22 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Sep
17
Sat
Talk – Capturing Your Artistic Vision through Photography
Sep 17 @ 3:30 pm

As part of ArtWeek members of the Springfield Photographic Society will share images and discuss their approach to photography at the mansion on Saturday, September 17 at 3:30 pm. Included in the program will be images from The Towns of Berkshire County, a photographic exhibit curated by the Springfield Photographic Society currently on display here at Ventfort Hall through the end of September. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are $20 for members and with advance reservation; $25 day of; $18 for students 22 and under. Reservations are required as seats are limited. Walk-ins accommodated as space allows. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Sep
25
Sun
Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes Return Sept. 3 and 25
Sep 25 @ 7:30 pm

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, returns in September and throughout the fall to lead 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 September tours will take place on September 3 and 25 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets 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 and ID required.

Oct
8
Sat
Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero to Share “Messages from Heaven”
Oct 8 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 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, October 8 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 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.

LoCicero has been working as a Psychic Medium for the last 28 years.  You can hear her on local radio, through internet live on Facebook.  She is local to Connecticut and known worldwide as a Certified Medium through the Forever Family Foundation. Currently, she is featured in ‘Surviving Death’ a NETFLIX Documentary (episode #4).  She can accurately present spirit communication with amazing validation.  Her humor, bold personality and blunt expressions are seen as she presents verifying facts about your loved ones in spirit. Come and experience Rebecca Anne talking to the dead through her trademark presentation ‘Messages from Heaven’ ™.

Rebecca is also an expert in the metaphysical realms and offers classes and mentorship through ‘Awaken your Intuition’ courses.  She offers private and group sessions for mediumship and psychic readings at her home office in Vernon, CT.  She has an educational book out called ‘Living with Messages from Heaven’ you can purchase through Balboa Press and Amazon!  Rebecca is a board Member for COPE through Yale Mental Health Hospital, and a volunteer and certified medium for the Forever Family Foundation. For More Information: http://www.RebeccaAnneLoCicero.com and https://www.facebook.com/MessagesfromHeavenTM

Her session will be followed by a ghost hunt of the mansion with David Raby from 8 pm to midnight which requires a separate reservation and cost. The admission for the LoCicero presentation is $40 per person at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending are strongly recommended; walks ins permitted only as space allows. Call us at (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. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.