Writer/reporter Steve Crowe will focus on remembering a onetime dynamic Berkshire figure who created the celebrated Eastover Resort in Lenox when he presents “George Bisacca: His Life, His Way” at a Tea & Talk. As the writer of the authorized memoir, Crowe autograph copies of his book of the same title during an accompanying Victorian tea.
Bisacca (1904—1984) was known throughout the county for his extravagant Fourth of July parade floats, his herds of bison and longhorn steer, his cannon “finales” for The 1812 Overture at Tanglewood, and his generous support of the community.
He was 14 years old when he left high school to work at the Remington Arms factory during World War 1. When the foreman discovered his age, he fired him and told him to go back to school. The youngster created an alias – Alfred Montesi – and got a new job in another department of the same factory.
George had enough spunk and the spirit of adventure to travel with Ringling Bros. Circus, harvest wheat in North Dakota and ride trains with hobos. Eventually he put his life savings into a rundown Lenox estate and turned it into the original Eastover Resort.
In 1979, George recounted his adventures in an interview for a pamphlet, “The Eastover Story.” Notes from that interview, stored in a shoebox for nearly 40 years, have preserved in his own words the telling of his story.
Crowe is a native of Lenox. He holds degrees from UMass/Amherst and Boston University. He was a reporter and editor for several North of Boston newspapers, including the Salem News and the (Lawrence) Eagle-Tribune. He has taught college writing courses in the U.S. and China. He and his wife, Betsy, live in Beverly, MA, and also have a home in Monterey, MA.
The Summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.
Tickets for the Crowe talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.