Jul
25
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Jul 25 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.

Jul
28
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age”
Jul 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Historian and author Andrew Erdman will present at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum a Tuesday Talk on “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age”.  He will make his visual presentation on Tuesday, July 28 at 4:00 pm.

“She came on like a meteor, but there is a lasting quality.” So wrote Ashton Stevens, Chicago Examiner, in 1911.  Who was this Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age?  Erdman will tell us based on his latest book Queen of Vaudeville:  The Story of Eva Tanguay, the first-ever biography of the legendary performer. Showbiz circles of her day nicknamed her the “I Don’t Care Girl” after her trademark song “I Don’t Care”, which she first introduced as part of a vaudeville act in 1905. Erdman will play her later recording of this song for us.

Tanguay billed herself as “the girl who made vaudeville famous”.  She was to be an audience favorite with a long-lasting career. Ziegfeld had to have her for his Follies. She is remembered for brassy, self-confident songs that portrayed the emancipated woman, such as “It’s All Been Done Before but Not the Way I Do It”, “I Want Someone to Go Wild with Me” and “That’s Why They Call Me Tabasco”.

Gaining free publicity with outrageous behavior (she also paid large sums for advertising) was to her liking.  In 1910, a year after the Lincoln penny was issued, she appeared on stage in a dress entirely covered in the new coins, some of which she pluck off and playfully threw at men in the audience. With her natural talent for self-promotion, she made headlines for allegedly being kidnapped and having her jewels stolen.  She even declared herself a Christian Scientist and became one of the first celebrities to receive plastic surgery. She was described by the father of public relations, Edward Bernays, as “our first symbol of emergence from the Victorian age.”

She out-earned the likes of such contemporaries as Enrico Caruso and Harry Houdini, a fortune that she lost with the stock market crash of 1929. During the following decade she retired from show business and died in 1947 at her home in Hollywood, CA, at age 68.  A native of Canada, her family had moved to Holyoke, MA, where she developed an initial interest in the performing arts.

Erdman served as a staff reporter at Fortune magazine where he wrote a weekly human-interest column and profiles of the world’s billionaires. He also has written for National Lampoon, Diversions, Women.com and LifetimeTV.com. He has worked in television, serving as head writer for the talk/comedy/variety show Sex, Lies and Video Clips on VH1.  His earlier book is Blue Vaudeville: Sex, Morals and the Mass Marketing of Amusement, 1895-1915.  Erdman is a trained psychotherapist and author of topics related to therapy and psychoanalysis. He teaches at the New York University School of Social Work.

Tickets for the Erdman lecture are $20 per person. Reservations are required and seating is strictly limited. Tea cannot be served until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for a reservation. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

The Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Jul
29
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Jul 29 all-day
Aug
1
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 1 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.

Aug
4
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “J. P. Morgan: The Financier as Collector of the Arts”
Aug 4 @ 4:00 pm

Popular professor/historian Francis Morrone returns to the mansion for the eighth summer, giving a Tuesday Talk on “J. P. Morgan: The Financier as Collector of the Arts”.  Morrone will make his visual presentation via Zoom from his home in Brooklyn, NY, on Tuesday, August 4 at 4:00 pm.

J. Pierpont Morgan was the brother of Sarah Spencer Morgan, who, with her husband, George Hale Morgan, built Ventfort Hall in 1893. Not only was J.P. a colossus in the financial and corporate worlds, but he was also the greatest art collector of his age.

His considerable success as a leading financier provided him with a means to amass over a 22-year period a collection of over 20,000 works of art, valued in 1912, a year before his death, at about $60 million and today at $1.6 billion.  Whereas Sarah used a portion of her inheritance, received after their father, Junius, died in 1890, to pay for Ventfort Hall, J.P. was able to begin to acquire art on a vast scale.

The wide range of objects he collected included antiquities, medieval silver gilt and ivories, Renaissance bronzes and Majolica, Renaissance and Baroque silver gilt, ivories and glass, watches and clocks, jewelry, rock crystal and amber, sculpture, miniatures, porcelains, tapestries, Old Master paintings and drawings, books and illuminated manuscripts – and three Gutenberg bibles.

Among the scholarly advisors Morgan consulted was his nephew, Junius Spencer Morgan, the son of George and Sarah.  Junius’s special interest was rare books, manuscripts and works on paper.  By 1902, this particular collection for J.P. had reached 10,000 items and he made the decision to build what was to become the Morgan Library and Museum in New York City to house these acquisitions.  It opened in 1906.

Young Junius introduced his uncle to the Princeton librarian Belle Da Costa Greene, the African-American woman who would become the director of the then named Pierpont Morgan Library and whose life and career will be a subject of the lecture.

During the same time, Morgan, who had been a member of The Metropolitan Museum of Art board, was elected president when it was undergoing a major expansion.  Through the years, he was instrumental in donating, loaning and acquiring significant collections for the institution.  The museum received 7,000 additional objects after his death. Morgan transformed the Met into the world-class institution it is today.

Morgan was born in 1837 in Hartford and is buried in the family tomb at Cedar Hill Cemetery in the same city.  The third major museum to receive his interests in art was the Wadsworth Athenaeum.  The Morgan Memorial Wing, named in memory of his father was opened in 1910.  The items exhibited there are considered a major portion of the Athenaeum’s holdings.

Morrone is the author of thirteen books, including architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn and with Henry Hope Reed, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.  Morrone’s 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 thirteen best tour guides in the world.  He has also received an Arthur Ross Award from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Tickets for the Morrone lecture are $20 per person. To view him on Zoom register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tuesday-talk-j-p-morgan-the-financier-as-collector-of-the-arts-tickets-114819494198

Reservations for viewing him at Ventfort Hall on Zoom are strongly recommended as seating will be strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  Tea cannot be served until further notice due to the Corona virus.

The Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
5
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Aug 5 all-day
Aug
8
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 8 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.

Aug
11
Tue
CANCELLED – Tuesday Talk – “Literary Conversations: Austen, Bronte & Alcott”
Aug 11 @ 4:00 pm

CANCELLED

Bestselling audiobook narrators Alison Larkin & Anne Undeland will present here at the mansion “Literary Conversations: Austen, Bronte & Alcott” on Tuesday, August 11 at 4:00 pm.  Their presentation is part of Ventfort Hall’s summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

What if Jane Austen (1775-1817), Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) and Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) were to meet? Where would the conversation between three of the 19th century’s most acclaimed female authors lead? Why did none of them marry?  Larkin and Undeland will take on what might have been a transatlantic discussion on these and other subjects, including marriage, love and womanhood and what it was like to record the works of these three towering authors.  The duo’s conversations came about while researching background for their audiobook narrations of novels by these authors. Join Larkin and Undeland for a unique hour of witty repartee and readings from the novels.

Larkin is not only an award-winning audiobook narrator, but also a comedienne, writer, novelist and founder of Alison Larkin Presents, based in the Berkshires. As such, she is dedicated to bringing out the fun in the classics. Within four years, her audiobook productions have won ten AudioFile Earphone awards for excellence.  Recent releases read by her include The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Audiobooks from Alison Larkin Presents including Jane Eyre, Little Women and The Secret Garden will be on sale after the presentation or by downloading https://alisonlarkinpresents.com/

Larkin’s own novel The English American grew out of her autobiographical one-woman show about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the US.  She appeared on Broadway with the National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company.  Her many accents and voices can be heard in television cartoons and movies and over 200 audiobooks.

As an actress Undeland remains a Ventfort Hall favorite, having appeared there in such one-woman shows as Paris 1890 – Unlaced, in which she originated and portrayed five different women, Xingu, again originating five different characters, as well as The Belle of Amherst and Fanny Kemble’s Lenox Address. These were plays produced in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company, where Undeland trained as an actress.

She has also appeared on stages in and around the Northeast for over 25 years, including WAM Theatre, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Barrington Stage, Off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival and Mixed Company. She played roles in productions for BBC radio and WBUR/Boston. She has appeared in her own play Lady Randy, the story of Jenny Jerome, mother of Sir Winston Churchill. Her audiobook narration of Little Women Parts 1 and 2 received high critical acclaim and has become an international bestseller.

CANCELLED – Tickets for the Larkin/Undeland presentation are $20 per person.

To attend their presentation in person at Ventfort Hall reservations are strongly recommended as seating is strictly limited. For reservations to attend at the mansion call us at 413-637-3206.  The museum’s traditional Victorian teas cannot be served until further notice due to the Corona virus.

The summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Aug
12
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Aug 12 all-day
Aug
15
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 15 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings  at 8 am. The class has moved indoors to 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.