Apr
10
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Apr 10 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. The class is indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.

Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages students, friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath.  At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.

When not on the mat, teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha and Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall. Space is limited.

Saturday Talk with Paranormal Investigator David Raby
Apr 10 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join paranormal investigator and author David Raby when he presents “Walking Amongst the Shadows” on Zoom and at Ventfort Hall on Saturday, April 10 at 3:30 pm.

Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum has been host to Raby’s group paranormal investigation events since 2017 and  the mansionhas proven to be quite haunted during those events. In this special online presentation, Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences and showcase some of the exciting evidence gathered at Ventfort Hall. This fast-paced presentation will include both audio and video clips that will introduce you to the spirits that still call the beautiful and historic mansion home.

Raby is the author of four books: The Shadows Within: Houghton Mansion, Walking Amongst the Shadows: Houghton Mansion; The Inhumanity of Man: The Hattie McCloud Murder; and Bludgeoned: The Reed Double-Homicide.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this presentation will go towards the preservation/restoration efforts of Ventfort Hall.

Ticket by donation, suggested $20. The event will be offered via Zoom and at Ventfort Hall. To order on Zoom please click here.

To attend the presentation at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. Masks are required and seating will observe social distancing. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Apr
15
Thu
Morning Diversion – “Virtual Zoom Etiquette and the Importance of Self-Presentation Today”
Apr 15 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Michelle Pappas, founder and director of Potomac Protocol & Etiquette, LLC, will give a presentation via Zoom only on “Virtual Zoom Etiquette and the Importance of Self-Presentation Today,” offered by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum as a Morning Diversion on Thursday, April 15 at 11:00 am.

Pappas will focus on giving her audience a thorough understanding of the importance of etiquette in the virtual world of Zoom and how self-presentation plays an important part. She states “today, social media and texting have enhanced our ability to ‘connect’ with others on a scale never before imagined both on professional and personal levels.  These opportunities provide unprecedented benefits for growth – but also risks – for adults, young adults and our children.”

The speaker, through her program, will emphasize the importance of proper human connection and personal engagement. She believes “that one’s presence, no matter the age, instills confidence and reflects character.  With presence, one has the courage to stand, communicate ideas and connect with others.”

“With this age of electronic ‘connection,’” Pappas asks “are we developing or losing our ability to personally connect with our business colleagues, friends and peers?” The speaker will have the answers.

Pappas is a graduate of the American School of Protocol, Atlanta, GA, where she earned dual certifications for professional instruction in domestic Corporate Business Protocol and Children’s Etiquette.  She also holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from The American University, Washington, D.C.

Tickets by donation (suggested donation of $20 is appreciated.)  The event will be offered via Zoom only.  To order https://ventfort04152021.eventbrite.com

Apr
17
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Apr 17 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. The class is indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.

Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages students, friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath.  At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.

When not on the mat, teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha and Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall. Space is limited.

Saturday Talk – “Helen Hamilton Gardener, Fallen Woman, Free Thinker”
Apr 17 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Award-winning historian, speaker and writer Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD will reveal the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in the Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment.  Hamlin will give her talk via Zoom from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. This program is sponsored by @MassHumanities Bridge Street Fund.

Hamlin’s presentation is based on her book Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life of Helen Hamilton Gardener.  Exposed in Ohio newspapers for an affair with a married man, Alice Chenoweth refused to cower in shame. Instead, she changed her name to Helen Hamilton Gardener, moved to New York, pretended to be married to her lover and became a wildly popular lecturer and author.

Called the “Harriet Beecher Stowe of Fallen Women,” Gardener campaigned to raise the age of sexual consent for girls, decried double standards of sexual morality, and debunked scientists’ claims that women’s brains were inferior.  Moving to Washington, D. C., she became the suffragists’ lead negotiator in the capital.  She persuaded Woodrow Wilson and other male politicians to support the Nineteenth Amendment.  In 1920, President Wilson appointed Gardener to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, making her the highest-ranking woman in the federal government.

Hamlin’ book Free Thinker received support from a National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar Award and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics.  A regular contributor to the Washington Post, Hamlin’s research has also been featured on NPR and CBC radio and other outlets, and she contributed to several PBS documentaries.  She also assisted in organizing commemorations of the 2020 suffrage centennial

The Hamlin talk is free as this program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities. The event will be offered via Zoom. To order please visit https://ventfort04172021.eventbrite.com

Mass Humanities @masshumanities and Mass Cultural Council @masscultural

Apr
24
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Apr 24 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. The class is indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.

Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages students, friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath.  At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.

When not on the mat, teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha and Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall. Space is limited.

Saturday Talk – “The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress”
Apr 24 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join historian Dr. Daniel W. Gifford when he explores one of the stranger sagas of the famous White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. He is the author of the new book The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress: New Bedford, Chicago and the Twilight of an Industry, the subject of his talkGifford will make his visual presentation via Zoom from his home in Louisville, KY. This program is sponsored by @MassHumanities Bridge Street Fund.

Gifford will introduce us to the whaling bark Progress, a New Bedford ship transformed into a whaling museum for the Chicago fair. Traversing waterways across North America, the whale ship enthralled crowds from Montreal to Racine, WI. Her ultimate fate, however, was to be a failed sideshow of marine curiosities and a metaphor for a dying industry out of step with Gilded Age America. The author will explore questions of commemoration, historical memory, and what it means to transform a way of life into “a museum piece.”

Gifford is a public historian who focuses on American popular and visual culture, as well as museums in American culture. He received his PhD from George Mason University. His career spans both academia and public history, including several years with the Smithsonian Institution. An affiliated professor in the Department of History at the University of Louisville, he currently teaches at multiple universities in the Louisville area.

His book may be ordered at https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08945YF7F/

The Gifford talk is free as this program is supported by a grant from the Bridge Street Fund, a special initiative of Mass Humanities. The event will be offered via Zoom. To order on Zoom please visit https://ventfort04242021.eventbrite.com

Mass Humanities @masshumanities and Mass Cultural Council @masscultural

May
1
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
May 1 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. The class is indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.

Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages students, friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath.  At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.

When not on the mat, teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha and Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall. Space is limited.

SOLD OUT – Paranormal Investigation – “Walking Amongst the Shadows at Ventfort Hall”
May 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

SOLD OUT

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the our historic and haunted mansion.  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.

The event will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude at midnight. Masks that cover both the mouth and nose are required during this event.  Social distancing will be practiced.  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 and a signed waiver are required. No walk-ins. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.

May
8
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
May 8 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am. The class is indoors in our great hall.

Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

Susan has been a yoga practitioner for over 16 years, culminating in 2018 with certification as a yoga instructor, graduating from the Yoga Institute of The Berkshires. She is also member of the Yoga Alliance.

Susan’s practice and classes are focused on linking purposeful movement with intention and breath. Her classes incorporate the restorative sounds and scents of nature and center on playful, safe and grounded guidance with instruction for all levels of yogis. Susan encourages students, friends and students to appreciate themselves by sharing time on the mat, motion, and breath.  At the close of her classes, experience the calm and rest of Shavasana.

When not on the mat, teaching or practicing yoga, you will find Susan beautifying a client’s landscape, running or hiking in the woods with her loving Labradors Buddha and Elvis. She is a native of the Berkshires, a business owner/partner, avid yogi practitioner and teacher, sharing her practice and teaching at Lenox Yoga and Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $15.00 a session, cash or check payable that day. Part of the cost is a donation to Ventfort Hall. Space is limited.