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. Masks are required.

Oct
1
Sat
Tea & Talk – Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age
Oct 1 @ 3:30 pm

Author, radio personality and cultural historian Betsy Prioleau will reveal a forgotten figure among the fabled tycoons of the Gilded Age, Mrs. Frank Leslie, the subject of her latest book, Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age, during her presentation at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, October 1 at 3:30 pm. A tea will follow her presentation.

She will discuss the unknown, sensational life of the brilliant and brazen “empress of journalism” who presaged the feminist future and reflected, in bold relief, the Gilded Age, one of the most momentous, seismic and vivid epochs in American history. For twenty years Mrs. Frank Leslie ran the country’s largest publishing company, Frank Leslie Publishing, which chronicled the postbellum United States in dozens of weeklies and monthlies.

A pioneer in an all-male industry, Miriam Leslie made a fortune and became a national celebrity and tastemaker in the process. She was also a byword for scandal: She flouted feminine convention, took lovers, married four times and harbored unsavory secrets that she concealed through a skein of lies and multiple personas. Both during and after her lifetime, glimpses of the truth emerged, including a likely mixed-race parentage, an illegitimate birth and checkered youth. At the end, her final move was even a bombshell: Leslie willed her entire multimillion-dollar estate to women’s suffrage, a never-equaled amount that guaranteed the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.

In this dazzling biography, Diamonds and Deadlines: A Tale of Greed, Deceit, and a Female Tycoon in the Gilded Age, author Betsy Prioleau draws from diaries, correspondence, genealogies and published works to provide an intimate look at the life of one of the Gilded Age’s most complex heiresses and unexpected feminist icons, ultimately restoring Mrs. Frank Leslie to her rightful place in history, as a monumental businesswoman who presaged the feminist future and reflected, in bold relief, the Gilded Age, one of the most momentous seismic, and vivid epochs in American history.

The New York Times Editors’ Choice: “Prioleau brings enjoyable gusto to this biography of Mrs. Frank Leslie. Her story sparkles, as intoxicating as a champagne fountain that someone else is paying for.”

Prioleau received a PhD in American literature from Duke University, then went on to teach English and world literature at Manhattan College, where she was a tenured associate professor. She was a scholar in residence at New York University and most recently taught cultural history in the New York University liberal studies program. She is the author of The Circle of Eros: Sexuality in the Work of William Dean Howells, Swoon: Great Seducers and Why Women Love Them and Seductress: Women Who Ravished the World and Their Lost Art of Love.

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. Masks are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

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.  Masks are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Paranormal Investigation – A Spirited Evening
Oct 8 @ 8:00 pm – 11:45 pm

David Raby returns for another paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall.  Join him on Saturday evening, October 8 from 8 pm to midnight. His investigation follows Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero’s group presentation ”Messages from Heaven” which requires a separate reservation and cost

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. 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 for reservations at (413) 637-3206. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.

Oct
9
Sun
OCT. 30 SOLD OUT Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes Are Back
Oct 9 @ 7:00 pm

Join us as Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, is back doing ghost tours 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 tours will take place on September 25 at 7:30 pm, October 9 and 30 at 7 pm and at 11 pm October 28. 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. Masks are required.

Oct
19
Wed
Nejaime’s Portuguese Wine Seminar
Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Oct
22
Sat
CLOSED FOR A PRIVATE EVENT
Oct 22 all-day
Oct
28
Fri
Open until 8 pm today
Oct 28 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Late Night Ghost Tour with Robert Oakes
Oct 28 @ 11:00 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. The mansion will be decorated for Halloween.

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 BY radio. In 2020 Robert’s debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing.

The tour will take place on Friday, October 28 at 11 pm as part of Ventfort Hall’s Halloween Weekend at the Haunted Hall. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. For reservations please call 413-637-3206. Masks are required. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Oct
29
Sat
Paranormal Investigation – A Spirited Evening
Oct 29 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

David Raby returns for another paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall.  Join him on Saturday evening, October 29 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. 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 for reservations at (413) 637-3206. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.