Apr
15
Fri
Talk – “The Race to Save the Titanic”
Apr 15 @ 7:30 pm

Historian and novelist William Hazelgrove will discuss his book, One Hundred and Sixty Minutes: The Race to Save the R.M.S. Titanic. One hundred and sixty minutes is all the time rescuers would have before the largest ship in the world slipped beneath the icy Atlantic. There was amazing heroism and astounding incompetence against the backdrop of the most advanced ship in history sinking by inches with luminaries from all over the world. It is a story of a network of wireless operators on land and sea who desperately sent messages back and forth across the dark frozen North Atlantic to mount a rescue mission. More than twenty-eight ships would be involved in the rescue of Titanic survivors along with four different countries.

At the heart of the rescue are two young Marconi operators, Jack Phillips 25 and Harold Bride 22, tapping furiously and sending electromagnetic waves into the black night as the room they sat in slanted toward the icy depths and not stopping until the bone numbing water was around their ankles. Then they plunged into the water after coordinating the largest rescue operation the maritime world had ever seen and thereby saving 710 people by their efforts.

William Hazelgrove is the national bestselling author of 11 novels and 10 nonfiction titles, His books have received starred reviews in Publisher Weekly Kirkus, Booklist, Book of the Month Selections, ALA Editors Choice Awards Junior Library Guild Selections, Literary Guild Selections, History Book Club Selections, History Book Club Bestsellers, and Distinguished Book Award and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today, The Smithsonian Magazine and other publications and has been featured on NPR All Things Considered. The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, CSPAN, USA Today have all covered his books with features. His book Madame President: The Secret Presidency of Edith is in development. His newest book, The Brilliant Con of Cassie Chadwick: Greed in the Gilded Age, was released on February 15 and another book, Writing Gatsby, is forthcoming.

Tickets are $20. Discounted tickets are available for Ventfort Hall members. To receive your member discount code before ordering email info@gildedage.org. Reservations are required. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. To attend on Zoom order at https://ventfort04152022.eventbrite.com.

Apr
23
Sat
Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero to Share “Messages from Heaven”
Apr 23 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

“Messages from Heaven” with Certified Psychic Medium Rebecca Anne LoCicero is a group presentation during which she shares her gifts and ability to communicate with the afterlife.  She will appear at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, April 23 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

LoCicero states “My messages come through with bold validation while challenging audience skepticism and bringing healing. This communication with the dead is presented with compassion through validating readings for attending guests.” Rules will be read at the start of the session, followed by readings and closing with Q&A. Any attendee under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“Messages from Heaven” is LoCicero’s trademark presentation involving direct, divine and accurate “readings” for those who have lost loved ones.  She has presented her program at www.thebeyondcenter.com on Thursday nights for over fourteen years as well as in almost fifty states through retreats, conferences, businesses and client gatherings.

She is the proprietor of The Beyond Center in Vernon, Ct., where she hosts private sessions, teaches classes and holds small presentations.  Each year, she produces Connecticut’s largest Psychic & Beyond Expos.  Two years ago, the program included eighty vendors and 2,000 attendees.

LoCicero is the contributing author of “Adventures in Manifesting: Success and Spirituality,” the illustrator for “I Am the Beyond” and the author of “Living with Messages from Heaven: A Guide to Conversations with the Beyond.”  She is an advisory board member of the Spirit Alliance for COPE presented by the Yale Mental Health Department, which is presently studying the connections between seeing and hearing voices.

The admission for the LoCicero talk is $40 per person at Ventfort Hall. Reservations for attending the talk are required and can be made online at  https://ventfort04232022-6-8.eventbrite.com  Email or call and leave a message if you have any issues signing up through Eventbrite, info@gildedage.org or (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Apr
28
Thu
On Site Ghost Tour with Robert Oakes
Apr 28 @ 7:30 pm

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 not an active investigation.

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 represented the museum and its ghosts 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.

The tour will take place here at the mansion on April 28 at 7:30 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. Purchase tickets at https://vhghost042822.eventbrite.com  Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.  Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

Apr
30
Sat
Paranormal Investigation – A Spirited Evening
Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm – 11:45 pm

David Raby returns for another paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall.  Join him on Saturday evening, April 30 from 7 pm to midnight.

A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. Undaunted, he enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain.

Raby is the author of four published books and countless online articles. With his passion for the paranormal field, he has accumulated over a decade of experience, founded a paranormal group and has helped many people (and spirits) that ranged between the curious and those seeking urgent advice.

His interest in the paranormal was shaped by the fact that spirits seem to be attracted to his compassion and openness. He has a knack for storytelling that fuels his intensive historical research and fact finding.

He believes that by bringing people’s stories out of the shadows and into the light of our awareness, they may find eternal rest and peace.

Before the investigation, Raby will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways – and possibly still reside within. He will also share some of his favorite evidence from previous investigations and will be happy to answer any questions about paranormal investigations. This event is perfect for everyone; from someone who has never been on a paranormal investigation to the seasoned investigator.

Masks that cover both the mouth and nose are required during this event.  Social distancing will be practiced.  Non-refundable tickets for this exciting event are $38 per person with a reduced rate of $20 for ages 12 – 18 and 19-23 with student ID and are limited. Reservations are required. No walk-ins. Purchase tickets at https://vhparanormal04302022.eventbrite.com. All of the proceeds from ticket sales will go towards the preservation and restoration of Ventfort Hall.

May
6
Fri
Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes on May 6, 20, June 4 and 17
May 6 @ 7:30 pm

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 not an active investigation.

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 represented the museum and its ghosts 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.

The tours will take place on May 6 and 20, June 4 and 17 all at 7:30 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets please call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

May
7
Sat
Talk – “Sculptor Emma Stebbins: Forgotten Trailblazing Woman of Lenox’s Gilded Age”
May 7 @ 3:30 pm

Who was Emma Stebbins? Why is there a stone memorial to her in the heart of Lenox at the junction of Main and Cliffwood Streets?

On Saturday, May 7 at 3:30 pm Italian-American journalist Maria Teresa Cometto will bring us the answers in a talk at Ventfort Hall. Her newest book, Emma and the Central Park Angel will be published (in Italian) later this fall by Neri Pozza. Local historian, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, will participate in the presentation.

In New York City Emma Stebbins’ uplifting statue “Angel of the Waters”, installed in 1873 in Central Park, is an iconic landmark. It was the first public commission by a woman in the city, and has been used as an evocative backdrop in countless films, including most recently in Julian Fellowes’ Gilded Age. But who knows about Stebbins’ artistic career in mid-nineteenth century Rome or her retirement years in Lenox?

Maria Teresa Cometto has been based in New York City since 2000. For almost 30 years, she has been a correspondent for the leading Italian daily “Corriere della Sera”. She has written two other biographies. On June 2, 2017 she was awarded the title “Cavaliere (Knight) dell’Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”.

Tickets are $20. Reservations are required. For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206 starting April 21st. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination, ID and masks are required.

May
13
Fri
Talk – “Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion
May 13 @ 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Join us for a talk with Elizabeth L. Block, PhD, author of Dressing Up: The Women Who Influenced French Fashion on Friday, May 13th at 3:30 pm on Zoom. Learn how wealthy American women as consumers and as influencers helped shape French couture of the late nineteenth century.

Elizabeth L. Block is a Senior Editor in the Publications and Editorial Department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Dr. Block earned her PhD in art history at The Graduate Center, City University of New York, with a focus on nineteenth-century U.S. painting. She also holds an MA in American Studies from Columbia University, and a BA in English and Art History from The George Washington University.

Her articles appear in American Art, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, and West 86th: A Journal of Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture. Her book, Dressing Up:The Women Who Influenced French Fashion (2021)published by MIT Press, is available now. It is the winner of three publication grants, including the Aileen Ribeiro Grant from the Association of Dress Historians.

Tickets are $20. This talk is available on Zoom only. Reservations are required. For reservations please visit https://ventfort05132022.eventbrite.com Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable.

May
15
Sun
Reading of Play – “Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets”
May 15 @ 7:00 pm

Anne Undeland’s newest play, Mr. Fullerton, Between the Sheets was produced in 2021 by Great Barrington Public Theater and was nominated for four Berkshire Theater Critics Association Awards, including Outstanding New Play. After a sold-out run at Great Barrington Public Theater in 2021, Mr. Fullerton has been picked up by Gloucester Stage for a whole new production this summer! The Berkshire cast, along with brilliant director, Judy Braha, will do a reading at Ventfort Hall on Sunday, May 15 at 7 pm.

 Mr. Fullerton takes us to Paris in 1908 and brings together Edith Wharton, her dear friend Henry James, her lover Morton Fullerton and her Irish lady’s maid Posy in an eyebrow-raising retelling of Wharton’s actual mid-life romance. A literary and historical banquet of language, sex, mores and manners, Mr. Fullerton sparkles with wit while it examines class differences and the complexity of human relationship. More than anything, the play makes us fall in love — with Edith Wharton, the people in her life, and best of all, her glorious writing.

What the critics had to say: A fantasiasaid Jesse Green of the New York Timeswhich the playwright sets up perfectly. One of the most delightful works of historical fiction to be seen….Explodes with theatricality and imagination — Barbara Waldinger, Berkshire on Stage. Mr. Fullerton fans the flames…the writing is so good and the staging so clever — J. Peter Bergman, The Berkshire Edge. Wharton’s celebratory awakening…witty, urbane…and something more sobering and penetrating — Jeffrey Borak, The Berkshire Eagle.

Anne Undeland is a member of the Dramatists Guild, Howl Playwrights, The Writers’ Rock, and Berkshire Voices. Her work has been presented around the country with her short, The Kiss winning best play at the Ten Minute Play Festival at the West Side Y and her audio piece, Adeline’s Gambol, a finalist for the Miller Audio Award at the Missouri Review. Her full-length play, Lady Randy, was produced by WAM Theatre and performed at Shakespeare & Co in Lenox, MA in 2019,

Tickets are $25. Reservations are required. For reservations visit https://ventfort051522.eventbrite.com or call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

May
20
Fri
Ghost Tours with Robert Oakes on May 6, 20, June 4 and 17
May 20 @ 7:30 pm

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 not an active investigation.

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 represented the museum and its ghosts 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.

The tours will take place on May 6 and 20, June 4 and 17 all at 7:30 pm. Admission is $27 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets please call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event. Proof of vaccination and ID required.

May
21
Sat
Documentary Film – “Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story”
May 21 @ 3:30 pm

Filmmaker and director Robert Steven Williams will show his documentary film Gatsby in Connecticut, the Untold Story at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, May 21 at 3:30 pm. The seventy-minute film will be followed by a discussion about the making of the documentary by Mr. Williams. Attendees are encouraged to wear 1920’s inspired attire. A special tea will be served following the program.

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 where the Fitzgeralds lived next door to a mystery millionaire who threw wild parties.

With local historian Richard Webb, Williams dug into the Princeton University Archives; they interviewed more than a dozen Fitzgerald scholars and met with Scott and Zelda’s granddaughter. Did that mysterious millionaire inspire the character of Jay Gatsby? Why does the geography of the novel reflect Westport more than it does Long Island’s Great Neck? These questions and many more will be answered. After the screening, Mr. Williams will also show a few clips that didn’t make the documentary.

Gatsby in Connecticut, featuring Sam Waterston and Keir Dullea, was chosen by The New Yorker as one of thirty-six Best Movies for 2020.  It was also selected by seventeen film festivals and won Best New England film at the Mystic Film Festival. Learn more about the documentary at GatsbyinCT.com. Robert Steven Williams is also an award-winning novelist. He won the silver medal for popular fiction from the Independent Book Publisher Awards for My Year as a Clown. He was nominated for Harvey for his work on the CBGB Comic Book series (executive producer and writer of one of the twelve stories in the series).

The admission for the Gatsby in Connecticut screening with director, Robert Steven Williams is $30 per person with advance reservation, $35 day of and $28 for Ventfort Hall members. Reservations are strongly recommended.  For tickets please call us at (413) 637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Proof of vaccination and ID required.