Mar
5
Fri
Pre-Recorded – “VENTFORT ENCORE SERIES”
Mar 5 @ 5:00 pm

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is offering the public for the first time selected visual presentations that were pre-recorded at the mansion in 2020.  The initial five of the Ventfort Encore Series, most of which were part of last year’s Tuesday Talks, are presented by speakers who are experts or specialists in the fields they cover.  Beginning March 5, the lectures will be aired on consecutive Fridays at 6:00 pm and will be available to view for one week following each initial showing.

If you are unable to view the lecture at the scheduled time, the link to view will be available for a full week after the event date for viewing at your convenience. However, ticket reservations can only be made up to Friday evening. Order the program anytime from now until just before 6 pm of the Friday it is scheduled to start.

 How to Access Video:

If you have ordered the program you should receive an email from Eventbrite at 6 pm on the Friday of the lecture with the link. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please refresh the event page after 6 pm on Friday. As this is not a live event, you will not miss the beginning if you are unable to begin right at 6 pm.

March 5, Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives, Maggie Smith, acting curator, Springfield (MA) Art Museums

March 12, Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, historian, co-author of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 and author of Edith Wharton’s Lenox

March 19, Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger, Nannina Gilder, film historian, screenwriter, former film curator, The Little Cinema, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

March 26, P.T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon, Kathleen Maher, executive director, Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT

April 2, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, Anthony Amore, director of security and chief investigator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston,

The series is free with suggested donation of $20 appreciated on our Eventbrite page. To order any of these programs visit our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ventfort-hall-mansion-and-gilded-age-museum-2092595343.

Mar
6
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 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
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join Sue and Kathleen for a Saturday morning program combining yoga and metaphysical practices to brighten the body and illuminate the mind. At 9 am Sue will teach morning yoga to awaken the body. At 10 am Kathleen will lead a workshop about tarot, including mini readings for each participant. 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 Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced. Cost to attend the Yoga and Metaphysics session  is $35 and limited to 6 participants. For more info and to reserve your place contact Sue at s.shook1645@gmail.com.

Mar
10
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Mar 10 all-day
Mar
12
Fri
Friday Morning Diversion – “Colfax & Fowler, Legendary Designers of the English Country House Style”
Mar 12 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A curator who specializes in historic decoration, Lisa Singleton Boudiette will turn our attention to the preeminent English design firm with her talk on “Colfax & Fowler, Legendary Designers of the English Country House Style.”  She will give her visual presentation via Zoom offered by Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum on Friday, March 12 at 11:00 as part of its Morning Diversions series.

Three key personalities were the initial players that formed the Colfax & Fowler story and direction that the firm took. John Fowler was a self-taught decorator fascinated with the architecture and styles of the eighteenth century who started his career in the early 1930s. He joined Sibyl Colfax in 1938, whose prestigious shop was in Mayfair, London. Nancy Lancaster was an aristocratic Virginian with taste, flair and important international social connections, who became Fowler’s partner when she bought the firm from Lady Colfax in 1944.

What is the English Country House Style, which really came to fruition after WW II, in a world still reeling from two world wars and the subsequent austerity measures?   Chintz in beautiful faded colors, fringed and tasseled curtains, painted Regency furniture, sofas designed for years of fireside comfort, and expertly applied finishes, subtly lit to show off beautiful antiques and paintings – these are the hallmarks – something that Fowler described as “humble elegance.”

Colfax & Fowler has long influenced some of the leading design firms like Michael Smith, David Mlinaric, Bunny Williams and the late Mario Buatta. Boudiette’s talk will include as well the homes of Nancy Lancaster and John Fowler.  From Buckingham Palace to the London flat of Ambassador David and Evangeline Bruce, Colfax & Fowler still resonates today.

Lisa Singleton Boudiette is a cultural heritage specialist with expertise in historic interiors and the decorative arts. She is a former member of staff to the late United States Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, focusing on arts and preservation policy.  She also worked for The Wiseman Group, a high-end residential design firm in San Francisco, CA.

An alumni of the Attingham country house studies program, and a charter member of the American Friends of the Soane Museum, Boudiette is a founder of the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s San Francisco, California chapter. Currently, she is completing a Master’s degree at the University of Buckingham (England), which included working as a conservation assistant at Syon House for the Duke of Northumberland.  The great country house outside London designed by Robert Adam was a major decorating project for John Fowler.

The event is offered via Zoom only. Tickets are by donation on our Eventbrite page with a suggested donation of $20 and may be purchased at https://ventfort03122021.eventbrite.com. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Pre-Recorded – “VENTFORT ENCORE SERIES”
Mar 12 @ 5:00 pm

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is offering the public for the first time selected visual presentations that were pre-recorded at the mansion in 2020.  The initial five of the Ventfort Encore Series, most of which were part of last year’s Tuesday Talks, are presented by speakers who are experts or specialists in the fields they cover.  Beginning March 5, the lectures will be aired on consecutive Fridays at 6:00 pm and will be available to view for one week following each initial showing.

If you are unable to view the lecture at the scheduled time, the link to view will be available for a full week after the event date for viewing at your convenience. However, ticket reservations can only be made up to Friday evening. Order the program anytime from now until just before 6 pm of the Friday it is scheduled to start.

 How to Access Video:

If you have ordered the program you should receive an email from Eventbrite at 6 pm on the Friday of the lecture with the link. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please refresh the event page after 6 pm on Friday. As this is not a live event, you will not miss the beginning if you are unable to begin right at 6 pm.

March 5, Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives, Maggie Smith, acting curator, Springfield (MA) Art Museums

March 12, Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, historian, co-author of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 and author of Edith Wharton’s Lenox

March 19, Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger, Nannina Gilder, film historian, screenwriter, former film curator, The Little Cinema, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

March 26, P.T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon, Kathleen Maher, executive director, Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT

April 2, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, Anthony Amore, director of security and chief investigator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston,

The series is free with suggested donation of $20 appreciated on our Eventbrite page. To order any of these programs visit our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ventfort-hall-mansion-and-gilded-age-museum-2092595343.

Mar
13
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am
Mar 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 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.

Mar
17
Wed
CLOSED WEDNESDAYS
Mar 17 all-day
Mar
19
Fri
Pre-Recorded – “VENTFORT ENCORE SERIES”
Mar 19 @ 5:00 pm

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is offering the public for the first time selected visual presentations that were pre-recorded at the mansion in 2020.  The initial five of the Ventfort Encore Series, most of which were part of last year’s Tuesday Talks, are presented by speakers who are experts or specialists in the fields they cover.  Beginning March 5, the lectures will be aired on consecutive Fridays at 6:00 pm and will be available to view for one week following each initial showing.

If you are unable to view the lecture at the scheduled time, the link to view will be available for a full week after the event date for viewing at your convenience. However, ticket reservations can only be made up to Friday evening. Order the program anytime from now until just before 6 pm of the Friday it is scheduled to start.

 How to Access Video:

If you have ordered the program you should receive an email from Eventbrite at 6 pm on the Friday of the lecture with the link. If you are having trouble accessing the link, please refresh the event page after 6 pm on Friday. As this is not a live event, you will not miss the beginning if you are unable to begin right at 6 pm.

March 5, Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives, Maggie Smith, acting curator, Springfield (MA) Art Museums

March 12, Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses, Cornelia Brooke Gilder, historian, co-author of Houses of the Berkshires, 1870-1930 and author of Edith Wharton’s Lenox

March 19, Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger, Nannina Gilder, film historian, screenwriter, former film curator, The Little Cinema, The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA

March 26, P.T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon, Kathleen Maher, executive director, Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT

April 2, The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, Anthony Amore, director of security and chief investigator, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston,

The series is free with suggested donation of $20 appreciated on our Eventbrite page. To order any of these programs visit our Eventbrite page at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/ventfort-hall-mansion-and-gilded-age-museum-2092595343.

Mar
20
Sat
Drop in Community Yoga Saturdays from 9 am to 10 am
Mar 20 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturdays from 9 am to 10 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.