Dec
15
Sun
Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting Workshop
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall on Sunday, December 15 from noon – 3 p.m. to decorate one of the many trees that adorn the mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate a tree with them as well as take home some handmade ornaments. The finished decorated tree will remain on display in the mansion until early January. Punch and cookies will be served.

Admission is $5 per child (to cover material fees). Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge. Reservations not required but encouraged. Please give us a call at (413) 637-3206 or email haley@gildedage.org if you are interested in attending so we can prepare enough materials.

Dec
18
Wed
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO SNOW AND ICY WEATHER
Dec 18 all-day
Dec
24
Tue
CLOSED CHRISTMAS EVE DAY
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
25
Wed
CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY
Dec 25 all-day
Dec
28
Sat
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince” with Carl Sprague
Dec 28 @ 3:30 pm

Dec. 30 rescheduled to Sat., Jan. 4 at 3:30 pm.

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” for two Christmas-week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Saturday, December 28th and Monday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Children’s refreshments will be served.

One of the themes of “The Frog Prince is about keeping your promises. The princess tries to back out of her promise to the frog, but her father insists that she maintain her integrity. As a result, the princess ends up with her prince. Another theme is about persistence.

Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.  Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.

Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.

Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Please call us at 413-637-3206 for reservations.

Dec
30
Mon
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO WEATHER
Dec 30 all-day
Dec
31
Tue
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO WEATHER
Dec 31 2019 – Jan 1 2020 all-day

CLOSED TOD

Jan
1
Wed
CLOSED NEW YEAR’S DAY
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
4
Sat
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince” with Carl Sprague
Jan 4 @ 3:30 pm

Dec. 30 rescheduled to Sat., Jan. 4 at 3:30 pm.

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” for two Christmas-week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Saturday, December 28th and Monday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Children’s refreshments will be served.

One of the themes of “The Frog Prince is about keeping your promises. The princess tries to back out of her promise to the frog, but her father insists that she maintain her integrity. As a result, the princess ends up with her prince. Another theme is about persistence.

Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.  Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.

Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.

Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Please call us at 413-637-3206 for reservations.

Jan
8
Wed
Day Trip to NYC for an Exclusive Viewing of “John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal” at the Morgan Library & Museum
Jan 8 all-day

John Singer Sargent. (l. to r.) Sybil Sassoon, Henry James, Jennie Jerome, Ethel Barrymore

“IT’S LIKE GOING TO A PARTY AND WORKING THE ROOM.”

                             Overheard at the Morgan Library & Museum

 This is a rare opportunity to view with our own specialist fifty-three charcoal portraits by John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), America’s greatest portrait painter of his time.  These drawn works of art represent a substantial, yet often overlooked, part of his practice – they number over 750 in total – and demonstrate the same sense of immediacy, psychological insight and mastery of light and shade that animate Sargent’s sitters on canvas. This is the first major exhibition to explore these expressive portraits in charcoal.

The exhibition includes important international loans from both public and private collections, showcasing Sargent’s sitters, many of them famous for their roles in politics, society and the arts.  They represent telling records of artistic and cultural friendships, as well as the network of patronage that underpinned Sargent’s practice as a portrait artist.

Ventfort Hall has made arrangements for the trip via private motor coach leaving from the mansion, 104 Walker St. in Lenox, at 9:00 am and arriving back at 7:00 pm.  All-day parking at Ventfort Hall is arranged. The cost of the trip is $165 and includes motor coach transportation and a $50 fully tax-deductible donation to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum.  Lunch will be selected individually from the Library’s restaurant menu as will payment. Call us at (413) 637-3206 to reserve your spot today as seating is limited.