Aug
26
Thu
Youth Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes
Aug 26 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 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. 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 call us at 413-637-3206.

 

Aug
28
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Aug 28 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Aug 28 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

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 appeared 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.

Aug
31
Tue
Tuesday Talk on Zoom only – “The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met.” 
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm

Historian and author Francis Morrone, one of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum’s most popular speakers, will return, via Zoom only, to tell “The Story Behind the Wrightsman 18th Century French Collections at the Met.”

He was an Oklahoma-born oil tycoon and dashing polo player and she was a Michigan-born beauty who for 40 years traveled the world acquiring French antiques and decorative arts for their 18-room apartment in New York, a home in London and a famed mansion in Palm Beach.

Charles and Jayne eventually gave hundreds of works to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, including porcelain, gilt bronzes, antique furniture, boiseries, paintings and sculpture.  Leading experts, even from beyond the Met, were approached to advise on the socially prominent couple’s museum-quality acquisitions.

Their extraordinary collections, a major lasting legacy, are exhibited in a series of recreated and stunning rooms and galleries. After her husband’s death in 1986, Jayne continued to be interested in the collections, even to the point of new textiles, reupholstering and lighting for the rooms, each presented as if it were a different time of day.

Morrone is also the author of eleven books, including architectural guide books.  His writings have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New Criterion, City Journal and the New York Sun, where he was an art and architecture critic.  He teaches architectural and urban history at New York University, and is the recipient of the university’s Excellence in Teaching Award.  Travel + Leisure magazine named him as one of the 13 best tour guides in the world.  He has also received an Arthur Ross Award in the category of History/Writing/Publishing from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

The admission for the Morrone talk is $20 per person and is available via Zoom only.  To Order on Zoom visit https://ventfort08312021.eventbrite.com  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Sep
4
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Sep 4 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Sep 4 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

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 appeared 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.

Sep
7
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story”
Sep 7 @ 4:00 pm

Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will uncover facts behind his documentary film Gatsby in Connecticut, when he gives a visual presentation on “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story” at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom on September 7 at 4:00 pm as part of our Tuesday Talks.

Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, has become synonymous with the lifestyle of the rich and famous on Long Island’s Gold Coast. According to Williams, the writer’s inspiration came not from his time spent on Long Island’s Gold Coast, but rather from the wild summer of 1920 in Connecticut during Scott and Zelda’s honeymoon in Westport. There, illegal booze flowed freely and the local beaches hosted scandalous affairs.

With historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed many scholars of the book’s author, and met with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter.  Who was the mysterious millionaire that inspired the character of Jay Gatsby? What was the real inspiration for Gatsby’s mansion? And why doesn’t the geography of the novel reflect that of Long Island rather than that of Connecticut? Our inquiring speaker Williams has the answers and more.Williams will show exclusive video clips from Gatsby in Connecticut, as well as archival footage and never-before-seen photos of Westport and New York from the 1920s.

Williams is an award-winning filmmaker and novelist. Gatsby in Connecticut, featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of the 36 films for Best Movies of 2020.  It was selected by ten film festivals that year and also won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. The full-length documentary is on Google Play.  Williams’ work has appeared in Poets & Writers Magazine, Billboard, and USA Today.He is also a musician and songwriter.

The admission for the Williams talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort09072021.eventbrite.com To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (413) 637-3106. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Sep
11
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Sep 11 @ 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 8:30 am to 9:30 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.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Sep 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

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 appeared 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.

Sep
14
Tue
Tuesday Talk at Ventfort Hall and on Zoom – “Showcasing 18th Century, Victorian & Jazz Age Fashions”
Sep 14 @ 4:00 pm

Diane Shewchuk, Curator at the Albany Institute of History & Art, will provide at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and via Zoom a glimpse into what is involved in the creation of exhibitions featuring historic clothing.  She will make her presentation on September 14 at 4:00 pm concluding our 2021 Tuesday Talk series.

In this lively behind-the-scenes presentation, Shewchuk will discuss how dresses made of fragile silks and beaded chiffons are carefully put on mannequins. She will also talk about creating the proper silhouette and show you secrets of the dress trade by looking inside dresses from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries with an emphasis on Victorian dresses made by Charles Frederick Worth.

In her exhibition, “Well Dressed in Victorian Albany,” Shewchuk shared fifty examples from the Albany Institute’s extensive collection of 19th century clothing. Examples of late 18th and early 19th century garments were included in her exhibition “The Schuyler Sisters and Their Circle.” On August 28, the museum will have showcased other dresses from the collection in the exhibition “Fashionable Frocks: The Look of the 1920s.” Shewchuk’s presentation at Ventfort Hall will shine a spotlight of some of the amazing garments that were included in these three exhibitions.

Shewchuk has more than thirty years of experience working in the museum and historic house field in New York State with both collections-based and public programming. She has held the positions of Curator at Clermont State Historic Site, Historic Site Manager at John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Curator and then Director at the Columbia County Historical Society before joining the Albany Institute of History & Art. She has curated numerous exhibitions on a variety of themes.

The admission for the Shewchuk talk is $20 per person either in attendance at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom.  To order on Zoom visit https://ventfort09142021.eventbrite.com To attend at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended. Call us at (413) 637-3106. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.  The Summer 2021 series of Tuesday Talks is sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.