Oct
2
Sat
Hat Decorating Workshop
Oct 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

To complement our exhibit “The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon,” Ventfort Hall is hosting a hat decorating workshop with Nancy Whelan, a graphic designer and decorative artist. Please join us for an afternoon of creativity as we adorn hats reminiscent of the elaborate headpieces worn in Edwardian times and often pictured in Charles Dana Gibson’s illustrations.

From the opulent “Merry Widow” to the simple straw boater, participants will create their own fashionable Gibson Girl style hat. Ventfort Hall will provide hats and trims – silk flowers, feathers, ribbon and lace. Nancy, who is a staff member at Ventfort Hall, will guide the workshop and have samples and images from the era as inspiration.

Whelan has had a life-long passion for all things Gilded Age. She enjoys researching historical fashions and creating clothing and costumes from many periods. At Ventfort Hall she coordinates our group tours, lunches and teas, as well as decking our halls for the holidays with Victorian flair.

Tickets for the workshop are $35 per person and include the cost of materials. Reservations are required. Call us at 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Oct 2 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

ALL GHOST TOURS EXCEPT SEPT. 11 ARE SOLD OUT

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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on August 7, August 28, September 4, September 11 and October 2, all at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

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 appeared 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.

Oct
8
Fri
Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Oct 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on October 8, 15 and 23, all at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

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 appeared 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.

Oct
9
Sat
Talk – “The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital: Washington, D.C. from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis”
Oct 9 @ 3:30 pm

Prof. Gary H. Darden returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a visual presentation on “The Making of a Cosmopolitan Capital:  Washington, D.C. from Frontier Town to Global Metropolis.” His lecture is scheduled for Saturday, October 9 at 3:30 pm.

With the establishment of Washington, D.C. in 1790 as the site of a brand-new capital city, the once dirt-road frontier city of the fragile American Republic emerged from the ashes of the War of 1812 to become a political center for a burgeoning continental empire and eventually a global colossus by the Cold War era. According to Dardin, the scale and scope of its civic architecture and cultural assets soon matched its economic and political weight on par with its European counterparts.

In 2016, Darden lectured at Ventfort Hall on the decline of the British aristocracy leading up to World War I and a year later presented a talk on the architectural rivalries within the Vanderbilt family. Thereafter he covered the White House from presidential palace to the people’s palace.

Darden chairs the Department of Social Sciences & History at Fairleigh Dickinson, Becton College of Arts & Sciences, Madison, NJ.  He was awarded Teacher of the Year at the college.

His scholarly work includes articles for journals, encyclopedias and the historical text for the book, The American Soldier: From the Civil War to the War in Iraq, A Photographic Tribute, which accompanied a major exhibit touring the US.  Darden was also a moderator with documentary filmmaker Ken Burns.

Tickets for the Darden talk are $20 per person. Reservations for attending the talk are required by calling 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

Oct
15
Fri
Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Oct 15 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on October 8, 15 and 23, all at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

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 appeared 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.

Oct
23
Sat
Ghost Tour – This is a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.
Oct 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 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 a fun filled tour with tales of ghost encounters, not a ghost hunt.

The tours will take place on October 8, 15 and 23, all at 5:00 p.m. Admission is $25 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required; to register call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and nonexchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.

About Robert Oakes

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 appeared 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.