Early spring is the perfect time to plant seeds that will grow and can be transplanted to the garden or outdoors when the weather gets warmer. Children who attend this workshop will learn how to plant nasturtium as well as how to take care of their flower as it grows throughout the spring.
There will be an informal lesson on planting seeds and caring for their flowers. After the lesson the workshop continues until 3pm. Children will decorate their flower pots and plant their seeds. They can also craft their own hats and ties to wear along with other crafts.
Cost to attend is $8 per child and children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are free with a paying child. Reservations required as seating is limited. Call us at 413-637-3206 to make a reservation. Walk-ins accommodated only if space allows.
Two workshops: 10 am to noon and 1 pm to 3 pm
Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft. We are offering our annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops on Saturday, April 13 from 10:00 am to 12 noon and again from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. This year the workshop will take place at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St., Lenox.
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. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.
The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with an encore performance and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, April 13th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
It is a special night for Don Yukon Cornelius. His major renovations for his club are just about finished and you have been invited to join him for the unveiling of his newest gaming rooms. As leader of the Eco-Unfriendly Gang, he takes great pride in wasting resources, but someone decides to waste him. Come along and make your wager on whether it was his ex-girlfriend Fay Daway or his right hand man, Little Billy Bosco. Might it have been his step God-daughter, Sheila Blige? Or maybe it was the fill in comedian Sal Manilla. Odds are in your favor to have a great time no matter who dun nit, but can you figure it out and win big?
In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble appears regularly at Ventfort Hall.
Cost to attend is $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Wednesday, April 10th. Seating is limited. Call us for reservations at (413) 637-3206.