Feb
9
Tue
Drop in Community Yoga Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm
Feb 9 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm. 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.

Feb
13
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Feb 13 @ 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.

Yoga and Metaphysics
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Join Sue and Kathleen for a new monthly Saturday morning program combining yoga and metaphysical practices to brighten the body and illuminate the mind. Our first program will combine yoga and numerology.

At 9 am Sue will teach morning yoga to awaken the body.

At 10 am Kathleen will lead a workshop about the numerology of 2021 and discuss each participant’s personal cycle for the year.

Kathleen is a numerologist, astrologer and intuitive with over 25 years of professional experience. She has a private practice and has also worked for Canyon Ranch for eight years. The metaphysical tools she uses help assist clients in navigating their life paths. For more information about Kathleen’s work go to redspiritwoman.com

Cost to attend is $35.00. Space is limited to 6 participants. To reserve your place contact Sue at s.shook1645@gmail.com.

Saturday Talk – Literary Conversations on Love: Austen, Bronte, Alcott
Feb 13 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

As a special treat for Valentine’s Day, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer Alison Larkin and Ventfort Hall favorite, actress Anne Undeland, will read from audiobook classics produced by Alison Larkin Presents. The program will be only offered via Zoom.

Readings from such classic novels as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Little Women will be followed by a transatlantic discussion on marriage, love and womanhood and the experience of recording the works of these towering authors.

According to Larkin and Undeland, “we have discovered that during the pandemic, people are suddenly finding solace and wisdom in the classics – some of the listeners for the very first time. Needless to say, we are passionate about bringing the classics to them in easy-to-listen-to audiobooks.” The hour-long event will include not only the readings from the novels but also witty repartee.

Larkin and Undeland are making this offer: For every audiobook downloaded directly from www.alisonlarkin presents.com, a second audiobook will be donated to people in need between now and June 1. Click HERE to learn more.

Within four years productions under the imprint Alison Larkin Presents have won eleven AudioFile Earphones awards for excellence. Recent audiobook releases read by Larkin include The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte and The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Larkin’s own bestselling novel The English American grew out of her autobiographical one- woman show about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the United States. Larkin is also a comedienne. She has appeared on Broadway with the National Theater and Royal Shakespeare Company. Her many accents and voices can be heard in television, cartoons and movies from “The Wonderpets” to “Fargo,” “ Pocahontas” and over 200 audiobooks, many of them New York Times bestsellers.

Undeland is known to Ventfort Hall audiences for her many one-woman shows – remember the provocative Paris 1890? Her audiobook narrations of Little Women Parts 1 and 2 received critical acclaim and have become international bestsellers. Undeland has also appeared throughout the Northeast with WAM Theatre, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Barrington Stage, Stageworks, Capital Repertory Theatre, Mixed Company, Shakespeare & Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, Studio Theatre at Theatre Row and the New Repertory Theatre.

Anne Undeland has played roles in numerous productions for BBC Radio, the Australian Broadcasting Corp., NPR affiliates in the US and WBUR/Boston. As a playwright, her short play, The Kiss, won best play at the West Side Y’s short play festival and her full-length play, Lady Randy, was produced by WAM Theatre and performed at Shakespeare & Company and Ventfort Hall.

The Larkin/Undeland presentation will be offered via Zoom only. Donations are appreciated. Click here to order.

Feb
16
Tue
CLOSED TODAY DUE TO WEATHER
Feb 16 @ 4:42 pm – 5:42 pm
Drop in Community Yoga Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm
Feb 16 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Tuesdays from 5 pm to 6 pm. 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.

Feb
20
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Feb 20 @ 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.

Feb
27
Sat
CLOSING AT 1 PM THIS SAT., FEB. 27 – LAST TOUR AT 12:30 PM
Feb 27 all-day
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 8:30 to 9:30 am
Feb 27 @ 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.

Saturday Talk – Ashintully Remembered: Postwar Living in a Gilded Age House
Feb 27 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Berkshire County native Holly McLennan Ketron, raised at Ashintully in Tyringham, will give a visual presentation on the magnificent Palladian mansion’s history and its architecture.  The speaker will focus on its role as home to its builders, Robb de Peyster Tytus and his wife, Grace, as well as the year-round residence of Grace’s son, composer John McLennan and his family.

Ashintully joined the host of Gilded Age country retreats, of which Ventfort Hall is one, in 1911, as a year-round residence. It appeared rather late in the baronial building boom of the period.  One of the largest in the county, the Tyringham mansion’s Georgian Palladian style differed from many of the area’s shingled cottages. But like every Gilded Age cottage, with owners in residence for the Berkshire “season,” or year-round, Ashintully was the setting for both private family life and social functions.

Ketron and her younger sister, Angelica, are Grace’s granddaughters and the children of John and his wife, Honora. The speaker will bring to life the course of the family fortunes and use of the house down to the present time.

For instance, in the 1970s and 1980s, John expanded and enhanced one of the Berkshires most beautiful gardens that the Trustees of Reservations now maintains for the public. The estate had great meaning for her father, the family and for the village even after Ashintully became a splendid ruin.

While Ventfort Hall talks have brought us stories of lives led in Gilded Age cottages from a secondary standpoint, Ketron will relay her story from firsthand experiences and knowledge.  The direct tie from Robb and Grace to Ketron is a profound and living connection. Families have stories, and to hear the stories of the family at Ashintully over a century will reveal a picture of a wonderful place and a fascinating time.

Click here to order tickets for the Ketron talk on Zoom. A suggested donation of $20 is appreciated.