Aug
26
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Aug 26 all-day
Aug
29
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Aug 29 @ 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.

Sep
1
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850- 1970”
Sep 1 @ 4:00 pm

Elizabeth A. Williams, the David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, will speak on “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850- 1970.”  Her talk will be based on the major exhibition of the same title which she curated for the museum last year.  Her lecture is part of the Summer 2020 series of  our Tuesday Talks.

When Gorham Manufacturing opened its doors in 1831, the company was located in Providence.   The most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled, it showcased 600 Gorham pieces created during the company’s heyday, along with tools and design drawings.  “We wanted to also focus on the people who made Gorham what it was within the context of social history, design history, industrial history, manufacturing and advertising,” says Williams.

Gorham was perhaps best known for innovating the use of the steam-powered press in its operations, but mechanization was always accompanied by meticulous handwork.  The company’s influence in the US and worldwide hit full stride in 1860 when Mary Todd Lincoln chose a Gorham pattern for the White House.

One of the most extravagant services ever made was an 816-piece collection of gilded silver created between 1866 and 1880 for Henry Jewett Furber and his wife, Elvira, and reacquired for the company’s corporate collection in 1949.  Another showstopper was a 1903 Art Nouveau Martele (hammered silver) writing desk and chair that incorporates 47 pounds of silver and took 10,000 hours to complete.  The 1927 Cubic Coffee Service is an example of the modernist approach that reflects the artist Picasso’s influence on design.  Many pieces in the exhibition belong to the RISD Museum.

Before joining the museum, Williams was assistant curator of decorative arts and design at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where she reinstalled 450 pieces of decorative arts in its European galleries.  She also curated at LACMA “Daily Pleasures: French Ceramics.”  She created new educational and interpretive materials for European decorative arts objects among many other responsibilities.

Tickets for the Williams lecture are $20 per person. To view her on online using Zoom register at https://ventforthall09012020.eventbrite.com

Although she will be seen only from the RISD Museum via Zoom, reservations for viewing her at Ventfort Hall are required as seating will be strictly limited. Teas cannot be served until further notice due to the Coronavirus.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

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

Sep
2
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Sep 2 all-day
Sep
5
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Sep 5 @ 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.

Sep
8
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives”
Sep 8 @ 4:00 pm

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Maggie North, who is the Acting Curator of Art at the Springfield Art Museums, Springfield, MA, will give a visual presentation at the mansion as part of its Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

As America’s longest running printmaking establishment, the Currier & Ives lithography firm produced popular prints that adorned homes and businesses across the country during the 19th century.

The firm was founded in 1835 when Nathaniel Currier, then just twenty-two years old, became the sole proprietor of a New York City business that produced music manuscripts and images of newsworthy events such as a fire that swept New York’s business district. Thousands of prints were sold in four days.  In 1840, he produced “Awful Conflagration of the Steam Boat Lexington,” which was so successful that he was given a weekly insert in the New York Sun. This was before the advent of newspaper photography.

 In 1852, Currier hired James Merritt Ives who would later become his business partner. It was Ives who suggested that the firm add scenes of daily life and American pastimes to their repertoire. These sentimental images, depicting country homesteads and leisure activities such as fishing, horseracing, and ice skating, are still among the most collectable Currier & Ives prints.

During their over 70 years in business, Currier & Ives employed a large staff who assisted in the creation and printing of approximately 8,000 distinct designs. Before closing their doors in 1907, the firm had made a lasting impression on American visual culture.

Today, Currier & Ives images still appear on calendars, cookie tins, and holiday cards, striking a nostalgic chord. Smith’s talk will explore the firm’s history, legacy, enduring lithographic prints. Marketed as “Publishers of Cheap and Popular Prints,” Currier & Ives lithographs were never intended to be perceived as fine artworks. However, numerous examples are now preserved in major museums because they provide an important record of American printmaking, history, and popular taste.

Maggie North has worked extensively with the museums’ holdings of works on paper, which includes one of the largest public collections of Currier & Ives prints in the world.

Tickets for the North lecture either at Ventfort Hall or via Zoom are $20 per person. To view her on Zoom register at https://ventfort09082020.eventbrite.com

Reservations for attending the presentation at Ventfort Hall are strongly recommended as seating will be 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 coronavirus.

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

Sep
9
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Sep 9 all-day
Sep
11
Fri
Friday Morning Diversion – “Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses”
Sep 11 @ 11:00 am

Ventfort Hall resident historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will give us a peek at the subject of her next book when she presents “Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses.”  She will make her visual presentation at the museum’s Morning Diversion on Friday, September 11 at 11:00 am. This is the first of what we hope will be a new series of upcoming talks planned for anyone who wishes to take a different kind of morning break either in person or via Zoom.

Gilder points out: “It is easy to imagine that the lives of grand families in Lenox’s Gilded Age were spent coddled in complacency and security.” Drawing on the research that she has been compiling for her book, Gilder explodes this myth with lively accounts of tragic love stories, defiant elopements, terrifying burglaries, financial ruin, and the constant specter of contagious diseases. Please join us to hear how these families responded to crises of their own era.

The historian has co-authored with Richard S. Jackson, Jr., Houses of the Berkshires, 1870 – 1930; authored Edith Wharton’s Lenox; co-authored with Julia Conklin Peters Hawthorne’s Lenox: The Tanglewood Circle, and with Joan Olshansky A History of Ventfort Hall.

Tickets for the Gilder talk are $20.  The event will be offered via Zoom (over morning coffee at home?) and at Ventfort Hall.  To view her on Zoom register at https://ventfort09112020.eventbrite.com

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

Sep
12
Sat
Drop in Yoga every Saturday 8am to 9am
Sep 12 @ 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.

Sep
15
Tue
Tuesday Talk – “All That Glitters Is Not Gold:  The Perils of Being Too Rich”
Sep 15 @ 4:00 pm

Author and historian René Silvin returns to give a Tuesday Talk on “All That Glitters Is Not Gold:  The Perils of Being Too Rich.”  His focus will be two wealthy women, both of whom he knew; Ann Woodward, whom he dubs “She was a great shot” with good reason, and Christina Onassis, whom he titles “A Greek Tragedy.”  Silvin will make his visual presentation via Zoom from his home in Palm Beach, FL. The lecture is part of Ventfort Hall’s Summer 2020 series of Tuesday Talks.

Silvin’s family was intertwined with the Woodwards.  Heir to a banking fortune, Williams (Billy) Woodward Jr. married the infamous Ann Crowell (1915 – 1975), a Manhattan showgirl.  In what Life Magazine called “The shooting of the century,” Ann fatally shot Billy in 1955.  She, as well as both their sons, eventually committed suicide.  The widowed Ann had an on-again, off-again relationship with Silvin’s father.  The story is the subject of Dominick Dunne’s book, The Two Mrs. Grenvilles.

Christina Onassis (1950 – 1988) was the daughter of the shipping magnate Aristotle and Tina Livanos Onassis.  Christina was heir to two huge shipping fortunes.  Her mother Tina died under mysterious circumstances in 1974.  “The Golden Greek,” as Onassis was known, was then married to Jackie Kennedy. Ari died in 1975, a broken man after the tragic death of his only son, Alexander, a classmate of Silvin’s.  He was closely involved with the family during Onassis’s last illness and death at a hospital Silvin was heading in Paris.

Silvin, who resides in Palm Beach, Florida, maintains a particularly active interest in historic preservation as vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission.  He is the author of Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her, the subject of his lecture at Ventfort Hall two years ago. Last year he presented “Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner” based on his book of the same title.  He is also the author of I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc to Triumph and Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach.

Tickets for the Silvin lecture are $20 per person. To view him on Zoom register at https://ventfort09152020.eventbrite.com

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 coronavirus.

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