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Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum

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104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
(413) 637-3206 https://gildedage.org/

May 2017

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre – Baked to Death

May 6, 2017 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Martha Stupor is hosting a Baking Competition with three of the top chefs in the world. Who will take the crown? Will it be Chef Julia Chives or Emery Legacy or Day Ja’Vou? Each has their own style and unique way about their baking. Judge Bacon Whopper Junior will have the honor of choosing the winner, if it should happen to get that far. Apparently, someone isn’t happy with the contest and Martha gets her “just desserts” putting an end…

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Tea & Talk: 1900 to 1925: Revolutionary Fashion

May 13, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Fashion historian and Adams vintage clothing shop owner Lynda Meyer will present a Tea and Talk: 1900 to 1925: Revolutionary Fashion, followed by a Victorian tea. .

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June 2017

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Baked to Death

June 3, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Baked to Death takes on ominous implications when The Comical Mystery Theater Tour ensemble returns to Ventfort Hall. Martha Stupor is hosting a Baking Competition with three of the top chefs in the world. Who will take the crown? Will it be Chef Julia Chives or Emery Legacy or Day Ja’Vou? Join in the fun!

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Tea & Talk: Grandpa was a Groomsman and Grandma was a Housemaid: Two British Servants in America

June 13, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Family historian Steven Pullen's family story begins with his ancestors William Pullen and Mary Lumsden, who were servants at Holm Hill Hall, a country estate located in the hunt country on the Scottish border. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. Pullen will answer questions over a Victorian tea that will follow his presentation.

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A Summer Tea with Mrs. Sarah Morgan

June 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
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One event on July 17, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Step back in time to Summer 1895. Mrs. George Morgan, the chatelaine of one of Lenox’s greatest cottages and known as Sarah to her family and closest friends, will host one of her famous sumptuous summer teas. You are invited to join her guests for A Summer Tea with Mrs. Sarah Morgan.

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Tea & Talk “Killing Off Sherlock Holmes”

June 20, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Pittsfield historian Jeffrey Bradway will appear as Sir Conan Doyle in “Killing Off Sherlock Holmes” at a Tea & Talk at the mansion. A Victorian tea will follow Bradway’s portrayal.

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Tea & Talk “The Golden Age of Carousels, 1890 – 1930”

June 27, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Berkshire Carousel founder Jim Shulman will introduce his audience to the ageless wonders and delights of “The Golden Age of Carousels, 1880 – 1930” here at the mansion followed by a Victorian tea.

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July 2017

Tea & Talk “Felix Nadar: 19th Century Parisian Portrait Photographer, Actor, Caricaturist, Inventor, Balloonist”

July 11, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Who was the first to take aerial photographs, shoot the Paris sewer system under electric light and take a celebrity portrait of Sarah Bernhardt? Scholar Eduardo Cadava will tell us by focusing on this creative jack-of-all-trades’ memoir When I Was a Photographer.

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Tea & Talk The Irish Bridget Immigrant: Domestic Service in America

July 18, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Who was the Irish Bridget? Scholar Dr. Margaret Lynch-Brennan will have the answer when she presents a talk based on her book, The Irish Bridget: Irish Immigrant Women in Domestic Service in America, 1840-1930. The speaker will show photographs and read personal letters to give insight into the impact these young women had on Irish-American life.

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August 2017

Tea & Talk: Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Gilded Age Architectural Rivalries

August 1, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

William Henry Vanderbilt died in 1885, leaving to his four sons and four daughters a fortune of $200 million (today $230 billion). Historian Dr. Gary Helm Darden will be “Keeping Up with the Vanderbilts: Gilded Age Architectural Rivalries”. A Victorian tea will follow.

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Tea & Talk: Rough Point: Mansion and Museum, Doris Duke’s Newport Legacy

August 15, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26

Art historian Dr. Margot MacIlwain Nishimura, will open the door, with recent archival discoveries in hand, on storied “Rough Point, Mansion and Museum: Doris Duke’s Newport Legacy.” Nishimura, who is Deputy Director of Collections, Programs and Public Engagement at the Newport Restoration Foundation (NRF), will make her presentation with a Victorian Tea to follow. Reservations are recommended.

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Antique Furniture: Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science

August 29, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Master Restorer Frank MacGruer is a principled advocate when it comes to “Antique Furniture. Use, Care & Restoration. Surface, Substance & Science" and will reveal his techniques at a Tea & Talk. Reservations required.

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September 2017

Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age

September 5, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$25 – $32

Ulysses Grant Dietz, Curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum, Newark, NJ, will put the sparkle on “Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age.” A Victorian Tea will follow.

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The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Its Imperial Habsburg Origins

September 9, 2017 @ 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$50

Archduke Dr. Géza von Habsburg of Austria will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to give a visual presentation on “The Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna and Its Imperial Habsburg Origins.

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Staged Reading: Mortal Friends

September 15, 2017 @ 7:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$30

A special dramatic staged reading of Mortal Friends will be presented here in collaboration with the Berkshire County Historical Society. It is the story of the relationship between two American literary titans, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

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Mystery Dinner Theatre: Deadly Chateau Shenanigans

September 17, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to join the fun with “Deadly Chateau Shenanigans” The new who-done-it finds Zca Zca Grabmore ensconced in her chateau (Ventfort Hall?) in the South of France. She is hosting a mystery evening with her devoted French (of course) maid, Sue Fley. You and three wildly famous super sleuths, Detective Codumbo, Jessica Fetcher and Inspector Jacque Coosteau, are invited to join the party. Zca Zca is out to prove that she’s smarter than…

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October 2017

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: Deadly Chateau Shenanigans

October 15, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The new who-done-it finds Zca Zca Grabmore ensconced in her chateau (Ventfort Hall?) in the South of France. She is hosting a mystery evening with her devoted French (of course) maid, Sue Fley. You and three wildly famous super sleuths, Detective Codumbo, Jessica Fetcher and Inspector Jacque Coosteau, are invited to join the party. Zca Zca is out to prove that she’s smarter than they, even embarrassing them. But the table is turned and someone gets the better of her…

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Tea & Talk: The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos and Friendship Made and Lost in War

October 28, 2017 @ 3:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Award-winning author James McGrath Morris will introduce his audience to his latest book titled The Ambulance Drivers: Hemingway, Dos Passos and Friendship Made and Lost in War. A Victorian tea will follow.

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November 2017

Hamilton’s Women

November 11, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Meet the three sisters who captivated Founding Father Alexander Hamilton! Award-winning actress and historian Leslie Goddard, in costume, will appear as the love of his life, Elizabeth (Eliza) Schuyler Hamilton as well as the charming and witty Angelica Schuyler Church and high-spirited Peggy Schuyler van Rensselaer. a living history program with a Victorian tea will follow.

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Murder Mystery Dinner: “You Can’t Toy with Death”

November 25, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to join the fun with their holiday program “You Can’t Toy with Death”. The action takes place in the Elfsecutive Board Room, inside the Main Lodge on the Island Of Nitwit Toys. The five characters are Jack in the Boombox, Harry Pothead, Meddle-Lynn, Malibu Bimbi and Stinky Winky the Teleblubby. Cash bar.

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December 2017

Marionette Show – “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

December 28, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$7 – $15

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairy tale “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Anderson. Audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over children’s holiday refreshments.

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January 2018

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

January 21, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

join the fun with The Comical Mystery Tour of their program Quiet, You’re Dead! Join an autograph dinner in honor of J.J. Rolling, author of the novel series Henrietta Porters and the Witches’ School of Flying Housewares. J.J. is toasted at his hometown Amanda Huggankiz Library by Dewey Decibel, Conan Del Libre or Conan the Librarian, Ms. Brooke Snooty and Harriett Potterson. Have they assembled to shower J.J. with praise or do they have other deadly reasons for seeing him?…

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February 2018

Valentine Concert with Ron & Samantha – Affairs of the Heart

February 10, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$25

The Berkshire’s beloved musical duo of Ron Ramsay and Samantha Talora present “Affairs of the Heart” exploring the many colors of love, creating an atmosphere that takes the listener on a sometimes nostalgic, sometimes expectant and always heart-stirring, journey of song.

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The Murder Mystery Dinner Theater presents Quiet, You’re Dead!

February 17, 2018 @ 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Join an autograph dinner in honor of J.J. Rolling, author of the novel series Henrietta Porters and the Witches’ School of Flying Housewares. J.J. is toasted at his hometown Amanda Huggankiz Library by Dewey Decibel, Conan Del Libre or Conan the Librarian, Ms. Brooke Snooty and Harriett Potterson. Have they assembled to shower J.J. with praise or do they have other deadly reasons for seeing him?

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Marionette Show: The Frog Prince

February 22, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$7 – $15

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague returns the mansion to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” by the Brothers Grimm. This classic fairy tale is about a prince who is turned into a frog by an evil witch. To break the spell a princess has to grant him one wish. The moral of the story is to think twice before making promises you can’t keep. The princess had to listen to her father because it is rude not…

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March 2018

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Golf Can Be Murder

March 10, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Welcome to Feeble Beach Golf Club. Today is a special day as we welcome the new Golf Pro Anna Stormson. You would think the attention would be on her for this special day but Birdie Indahand is having none of that. Something doesn’t play out quite as planned today and someone’s round is cut short, permanently. We need your help to figure out who dunnit. Enjoy a full course dinner and beer & wine cash bar. Reservations are required

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New Play Reading: Lady Randy

March 11, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Actress and playwright Anne Undeland and Broadway actor Mark Zeisler will present a reading of her new play, Lady Randy, the story of Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a wealthy New York family who married Lord Randolph Churchill. They would become the parents of Winston Churchill, the future British Prime Minister. Refreshements to follow.

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Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop

March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$30 – $35

Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft. This tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations. Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her Czechoslovakian mother, Maria Krofta.

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April 2018

Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre: Golf Can Be Murder

April 14, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Welcome to Feeble Beach Golf Club. Today is a special day as we welcome the new Golf Pro Anna Stormson. You would think the attention would be on her for this special day but Birdie Indahand is having none of that. She always wants the attention on her. Her ex-husband Ace Indahand is the board president and resides over the club with an iron fist, or at least tries to. Barbie Dahl is his assistant and is loyal to the…

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May 2018

Murder Mystery Theatre: Murder in the Land of Lost Pages

May 12, 2018 @ 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns for a new performance, “Murder in the Land of Lost Pages” and invites the public to join in on the fun. Billy the Bully has torn several pages out of fairy tale books and trapped the characters in his mind. They are not what they used to be as long as they are stuck there, and can never get back to their Happily Ever After until something dramatic changes. Prince Charmin, used to be…

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June 2018

Lenox House Tour

June 9, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

We are reviving our popular Lenox House Tour, this time in conjunction with the annual Lenox Rhubarb Festival. Four houses, including the mansion, dated from the era of Gilded Age “cottages,” when Lenox was called the “Inland Newport.” Two were designed by a principal of the firm Rotch & Tilden, Boston-based “society architects” of the period. A unique fifth is filled with fine Japanese decorative arts collected by the owner and his late wife while based in the Far East.…

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Tea & Talk – The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her

June 12, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

“The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her” presented by author Richard René Silvin. His visual presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea during which the speaker will autograph copies of his book Noblesse Oblige, The Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.

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Murder in the Land of Lost Pages

June 12, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Billy the Bully has torn several pages out of fairy tale books and trapped the characters in his mind. They are not what they used to be as long as they are stuck there, and can never get back to their Happily Ever After until something dramatic changes. Prince Charmin, used to be known as Prince Charming. Princess and the Chickpea, well, you know who she used to be. Cat in the Gnats is just itching to get out and…

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Murder Mystery Dinner: Murder in the Land of Lost Pages

June 16, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Billy the Bully has torn several pages out of fairy tale books and trapped the characters in his mind. They are not what they used to be as long as they are stuck there, and can never get back to their Happily Ever After until something dramatic changes. Prince Charmin, used to be known as Prince Charming. Princess and the Chickpea, well, you know who she used to be. Cat in the Gnats is just itching to get out and…

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Free Fun Friday!

June 29, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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The Mount opens its doors as part of the 10th annual Free Fun Friday program, and we invite visitors from far and wide to visit the property, free of charge. Explore Edith Wharton’s home, enjoy the gardens and trails, and discover one of the most beautiful spots in the Berkshires. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Special activities throughout the day.

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July 2018

Free Fun Friday

July 13, 2018 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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We’re excited to announce that we are among the 100 institutions across Massachusetts participating in this year’s Free Fun Friday initiative, thanks to our partnership with the Highland Street Foundation #FreeFunFridays10! Admission to the first floor only will be free. We look forward to seeing you!

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Ghost Hunt – A Spirited Evening

July 27, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall.

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August 2018

Tea & Talk: Larz & Isabel Anderson, Gilded Age Globetrotting Collectors

August 7, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Larz and Isabel Anderson were a wealthy, well-connected, cosmopolitan and intellectually curious couple of the Gilded Age. Their story will be revealed by American cultural historian Stephen T. Moskey and art historian Isabel L. Taube. Titled “Larz and Isabel Anderson, Gilded Age Globetrotting Collectors,” Join us for a visual presentation, book signing and Victorian Tea.

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Tea & Talk: Crystal Palaces: The London, New York and Paris World’s Fairs, 1851-1855

August 14, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Architectural historian, Francis Morrone, one of Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum’s most popular speakers,  returns to peer into “Crystal Palaces: The London, New York and Paris World’s Fairs, 1850 – 1855.”  A Victorian tea follows.

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Tea & Talk: Henry Coit Perkins, 1839: Pioneer Photographer

August 21, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$18 – $32

Susan Edwards, executive director of the Museum of Old Newbury, will focus on “Henry Coit Perkins, 1839: Pioneer Photographer.” In that year, he most likely took the country’s first town views, those of Newburyport, MA. He had begun to experiment with the French daguerreotype process. Edwards will reveal recent research on Perkins and will chronicle the work of Louis Daguerre and others. Early Berkshire photography will be viewed as well. A Victorian Tea follows.

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Tea & Talk: Anne Morgan: J.P.’s Daughter, Sarah’s Niece and WWI Humanitarian

August 28, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

From 1917 to 1924, a team of some 350 women, appalled by news of wartime destruction, left comfortable lives at home to volunteer in the devastated regions of France. Their dynamic leader and organizer will be honored by Elaine Leary with her talk on “Anne Morgan: J.P.’s Daughter, Sarah’s Niece and WWI Humanitarian.” We pay tribute to Anne as the niece of Ventfort Hall’s first owners. A Victorian Tea follows.

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September 2018

Tea & Talk: Mar-a-Lago from Cereal Heiress to Winter White House

September 4, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Palm Beach historian Richard René Silvin asks the question: What do Marjorie Merriweather Post, Grape-Nuts, actress Dina Merrill, E. F. Hutton and President Donald Trump have in common? Silvin will present his answer here at the mansion. His talk will be followed by a Victorian tea.

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The Comical Mystery Tour: Haunted by Murder

September 16, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Igor Banaduchi runs a tight ship, or should we say, ran a tight ship. Someone got tired of the squeeze and shipped him to the afterlife before his time. Could it have been his main squeeze, Candy Apple or the sultry assistant, Belinda Blare. Norman Stein wouldn't have the brains for such a thing, or would he? It isn't possible it is the straight laced, play by the rules, Jack O'Lantern is it? Reservations are required, seating is limited.

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October 2018

Tea & Talk: The White House: From ‘Presidential Palace’ to the “People’s House

October 6, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Dr. Gary Helm Darden, Associate Professor of History, Fairleigh Dickinson University, returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum to present a Tea & Talk on America’s most symbolic residence. Followed by one of Ventfort Hall’s famous Victorian teas.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater “Haunted by Murder”

October 21, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Igor Banaduchi runs a tight ship, or should we say, ran a tight ship. Someone got tired of the squeeze and shipped him to the afterlife before his time. Could it have been his main squeeze, Candy Apple or the sultry assistant, Belinda Blare. Norman Stein wouldn't have the brains for such a thing, or would he? It isn't possible it is the straight laced, play by the rules, Jack O'Lantern is it? Full course dinner and cash bar is…

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Living History Reading of Poe & Tea – Fantastic Terrors

October 27, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Pittsfield historian Jeffry Bradway appears in costume as Edgar Allan Poe. His presentation titled “Fantastic Terrors”, a program eminently suitable for the Halloween season. A Victorian tea will follow Bradway’s performance.

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November 2018

A Spirited Evening with David Raby

November 3, 2018 @ 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the historic and haunted Ventfort Hall. A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. He undauntedly enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain. Before the investigation, he 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…

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A Christmas Carol

November 28, 2018 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$50

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work, A Christmas Carol.  An elegant Victorian tea with sherry will follow.

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December 2018

Tea & Talk: Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting in New England

December 12, 2018 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

Dennis Picard, who has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers, will present a Tea & Talk on ice harvesting and the natural ice industry in New England. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Twas the Night of the Murder”

December 15, 2018 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion for an encore performance of their holiday program. The town is celebrating the 150th year of the Holiday Festival in Garland Florida. The regular reader of the holiday stories has somehow come down with a terrible case of laryngitis. A stranger in town, Sam T, has been drafted to do the reading, but someone with no holiday spirit feels very let down and closes the chapter on Sam. Was it Holly…

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Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting

December 16, 2018 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Bring the family and help us decorate one of the many trees that adorn the Mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate a tree with them as well as take home some handmade ornaments. Punch and cookies will be served. Admission is $5 per child (to cover material fees). Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge.

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Marionette Show – “Little Red Riding Hood”

December 29, 2018 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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One event on December 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$7 – $15

Puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to charm all ages with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery in bringing to life (almost) this classic fairy tale. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over children’s holiday refreshments. Carl has been a puppeteer since childhood. He inherited a collection of 60 charming Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall, and two marionette theatres that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.

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February 2019

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: “Happiness Is a Warm Gun

February 16, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Mrs. Kite has something people really want; a lost manuscript supposedly written by the Beatles that no one has ever seen before. One of her guests decides to eliminate the chance of competition by taking Kite out. Was it the rich mama’s boy, Desmond Dakota, or his not so bright girlfriend, Sadie? It couldn’t have been the arrogant museum collector Albert Lane, or could it? Maybe it was the Beatles fanatic Eleanor Rigby? Yes, that is her real name. She…

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Movie and Tea – Morgan O-Yuki: The Geisha of the Gilded Age

February 23, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$26 – $32

You are invited to see the film of this one-woman show, produced by Kevin Sprague of Studio Two, of that first performance, stage set by Carl Sprague. It’s the little-known true story of the beautiful Yuki (“Snow Fragrance”) Kato who marries George Denison Morgan, son of the owners of Ventfort Hall and her extraordinary international life thereafter. Tea follows the movie.

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March 2019

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Good Fella, Dead Fella,”

March 16, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

It is a special night for Don Yukon Cornelius. His major renovations for his club are just about finished and you have been invited to join him for the unveiling of his newest gaming rooms. As leader of the Eco-Unfriendly Gang, he takes great pride in wasting resources, but someone decides to waste him. Come along and make your wager on whether it was his ex-girlfriend Fay Daway or his right hand man, Little Billy Bosco. Might it have been…

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April 2019

Childrens’ Flower Planting and Crafts Workshop

April 7, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$8

Early spring is the perfect time to plant seeds that will grow and can be transplanted to the garden or outdoors when the weather gets warmer. Children who attend this workshop will learn how to plant nasturtium as well as how to take care of their flower as it grows throughout the spring. There will be an informal lesson on planting seeds and caring for their flowers. After the lesson the workshop continues until 3pm. Children will decorate their flower…

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Slavic Egg Decorating Workshop

April 13, 2019 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft.  We are offering our annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops.  This year the workshop will take place at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St., Lenox. This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations.  Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her…

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Slavic Egg Decorating Workshop

April 13, 2019 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 1:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Celebrate the Easter season with a unique opportunity to learn a time-honored Eastern European craft.  We are offering our annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops.  This year the workshop will take place at the mansion’s former gatehouse at 55 Kemble St., Lenox. This Eastern European tradition of creating intricate and beautifully decorated eggs has been passed down for generations.  Lenox resident Tjasa Sprague, who will again lead the workshop, learned the technique many years ago from her…

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Good Fella, Dead Fella,”

April 13, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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One event on April 13, 2019 at 5:00 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

It is a special night for Don Yukon Cornelius. His major renovations for his club are just about finished and you have been invited to join him for the unveiling of his newest gaming rooms. As leader of the Eco-Unfriendly Gang, he takes great pride in wasting resources, but someone decides to waste him. Come along and make your wager on whether it was his ex-girlfriend Fay Daway or his right hand man, Little Billy Bosco. Might it have been…

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June 2019

Tea & Talk: Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay

June 11, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Former Boston Globe reporter and Pittsfield native Margo Miller is the author of a new book titled Chateau Higginson: Social Life in Boston’s Back Bay, 1870 – 1920, the subject of her lecture. She will center on Henry Lee Higginson (1834- 1919), founder of the Boston Symphony Orchestra among other major accomplishments. Family members, friends, the tastes, culture, economics, architecture, society, public health, entertainment and more create a full picture of the times. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

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Tea & Talk – Egyptomania

June 18, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$25 – $32

Recognized as a foremost Egyptologist, Dr. Bob Brier (“Mr. Mummy”) will examine the fascination with the ancient world along the Nile and the events that fanned the flames of “Egyptomania” including Napoleon’s Egyptian campaign that led to a new decorative arts trend, the Suez Canal Big Dig, the carting of gigantic obelisks to Paris, London and New York and the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb. Reservations are recommended as seating is limited.

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Tea & Talk – The Tragic Story of the Majestic Normandie Ocean Liner

June 25, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

A child with happy memories of crossing the Atlantic on ocean liners with his parents, author René Silvin will focus on the subject of his latest book the Normandie: The Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner. The French Line’s glorious and glamorous flagship first set sail from Le Havre on May 29, 1935 and died an inglorious death on February 10, 1942 at a New York dock on the Hudson River, two months after Pearl Harbor and with…

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – Murder Maiden in China

June 29, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

Gertrude Ingrid Josephine Mattel, a.k.a. GI Jo is running the Maiden China Toy Co. since the passing of her beloved father. She’s a hated dictator with enemies. Her husband Lou Zerr is hen-pecked. Her assistant, C. Alice Knightly, is an office slave. Goldie Digger, Lou’s “secretary” can’t stand Jo. Charlie Brown III of “This Side UP” delivery service is the brunt of name-calling. Someone gets so sick of her that she ends up in permanent retirement. Have fun figuring who…

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July 2019

Tea & Talk: Posting It, or Networking, Victorian Style

July 2, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Prof. Catherine Jean Golden will reveal the story of a little-known revolution with her presentation. It started in early 19th century Britain when the recipient, not the sender, paid to receive a delivered letter. By 1840, the Penny Post was established – a penny stamp for a ½ ounce letter paid for by the sender. In London by 1860, there were 12 postal deliveries from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. Stamps and prepayment quickly became the norm worldwide. Reservations are…

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Tea & Talk: Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925

July 9, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Downton Abbey Style: The Influences on Fashion, 1912 – 1925 is the subject behind what historic textile and costume expert Susan J. Jerome calls “the notable evolution of women’s and men’s clothing” – the dramatically social, technological and political developments of the period’s broader world. She will take a look at the work of some of the influential designers and what was fashionable, or not, as a clue to why people wore what they did.  Reservations are recommended as seating…

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Ghost Hunt – A Spirited Evening

July 12, 2019 @ 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of our historic and haunted mansion. A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. 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. Before the investigation, he will give a brief history of the lives that once graced the hallways –…

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Tea & Talk – Lenox Rusticators on the Maine Coast

July 16, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Historians Cornelia Brooke Gilder and Ronald Epp will join together to present the story of the impact the Berkshires had on the development of the Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island led by George Bucknam Dorr, the legendary conservationist, landscape designer and founder of the Mount Desert Nurseries. He was also an advisor to gardening friends Beatrix Farrand in Maine and Edith Wharton at her Lenox estate. Reservations recommended.

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

July 20, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Tea & Talk – After Emily: The Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson

July 23, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Mabel Loomis Todd was the woman who brought to light the work of a reclusive but highly talented poet. Prof. Julie Dobrow will discuss After Emily: The Women Who Introduced Emily Dickinson, the subject of the presenter’s new book. The shadowy and scandal-laced Amherst, Massachusetts surroundings include Mabel’s lover, Emily’s brother, Austin, who was 30 years older, and Mabel’s daughter Millicent Todd Bingham – a complex tale indeed.  Reservations are recommended.

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

July 27, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Tea & Talk – John White Alexander: An American Gilded Age Artist

July 30, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Considered on a par with John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, the once acclaimed portrait painter John White Alexander is especially recognized for his figure paintings of women striking evocative poses and elaborately arranged in flowing gowns. Art historian and Alexander author Mary Anne Goley will introduce us to the artist’s career and his exceptional talent for movement and gesture. She fortunately had early access to the untouched Alexander estate for her book. Reservations are recommended.

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Tea & Talk – John White Alexander: An American Gilded Age Artist

July 30, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Considered on a par with John Singer Sargent and William Merritt Chase, the once acclaimed portrait painter John White Alexander is especially recognized for his figure paintings of women striking evocative poses and elaborately arranged in flowing gowns. Art historian and Alexander author Mary Anne Goley will introduce us to the artist’s career and his exceptional talent for movement and gesture. She fortunately had early access to the untouched Alexander estate for her book. Reservations are recommended.

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August 2019

Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

August 3, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Tea & Talk – Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008

August 6, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Wadsworth Atheneum chief curator Robin Jaffee Frank will take us on a ride with Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861 – 2008. The lead author and editor of the groundbreaking book, Frank will cover “America’s playground,” the world-famous entertainment mecca for the masses and national cultural symbol that has inspired music, literature, paintings, photography and films. Her focus will be the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists. Reservations are recommended.

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

August 10, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Tea & Talk – Archer Milton Huntington & the Hispanic Society of America Museum

August 13, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Historian Francis Morrone will uncover the life of an intensely private personality, Archer Milton Huntington, founder of the Hispanic Society of America Museum. Due to reopen this fall, its collection rivals that of the Morgan Library. Morrone: Huntington is “truly one of the most remarkable Americans” of the Gilded Age, “and his story is almost unbelievable.” His former home at 1083 Fifth Avenue, for which Morrone is detailing, is one the great New York extant mansions. Reservations are recommended.

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

August 17, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Tea & Talk – The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York

August 20, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

There is a cast of fascinating characters in The Grandest Madison Square Garden: Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York by art historian and museum director Suzanne Hinman. Her remarkable story centers on the most beautiful of the Gardens (1890) and the controversial 18-foot nude sculpture of Diana, Virgin Goddess of the Hunt that crowned it. The prominent players are pals; architect Stanford White and sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.  Reservations are recommended.

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

August 24, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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Drop-in Yoga on the Porch

August 31, 2019 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 8:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until August 31, 2019

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion on Saturday mornings. The class will be held on the south veranda and, weather permitting, south lawn. Greet the day with the birdsong, warming sun, and yoga!

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September 2019

Tea & Talk – George Bisacca: His Life, His Way

September 3, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28

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.

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Tea & Talk – The Story of the Lenox Tub Parade

September 7, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Ventfort Hall board member and veteran Lenox Tub Parade participant Tjasa Sprague will present a Tea & Talk on the story of this traditional event that dates back to the Gilded Age in the Berkshires. Her presentation will be followed by a Victorian Tea.  The talk coincides with the annual Lenox Main Street parade scheduled for the same day at 1:30 pm, co-sponsored by the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society and the Lenox Chamber.

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Tea & Talk – Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Livingston Country Estates

September 10, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Award-winning architecture and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn will take us on a pictorial journey with “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family.” The tour will relate to many of the thirty-five sublime country homes along the Hudson River that he photographed for his large-scale book of the same title. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase during the Victorian tea following his presentation.

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Tea & Talk – “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Livingston Country Estates

September 10, 2019 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Award-winning architecture and interiors photographer Pieter Estersohn will take us on a pictorial journey with “Life Along the Hudson: The Historic Country Estates of the Livingston Family.” The tour will relate to many of the thirty-five sublime country homes along the Hudson River that he photographed for his large-scale book of the same title. Autographed copies of his book will be available for purchase during the Victorian tea following his presentation.

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Tea & Talk – Well-Wheeled: How Gilded Age Cottagers Fueled Early Automobiling

September 14, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Berkshire historian Bernard Drew will put the petal to the subject of early automobiling here at the mansion. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian Tea. He will have copies of his new book on the subject available for autographing.

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – Murder Is in the Stars

September 15, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$40

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with “Murder Is in the Stars”! Lady Lydia the psychic, has called together a group of millionaires offering the gift of eternal life for the small sum of 5 million dollars. Some believe it is totally legit, but someone decides her life shouldn’t be eternal and drops the final curtain on her. Was it Big Bosco, the “Family” man, or Governor Bill Fold? It couldn’t be a politician, could it?

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November 2019

Reading of Audiobook Adaptation of Little Women

November 30, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

A celebration to launch the new audiobook of Little Women, read by Ventfort Hall favorite, Anne Undeland. Anne will read excerpts, followed by a conversation with award-winning audiobook narrator/producer and bestselling novelist, Alison Larkin. As achingly beautiful as it is humorous and wise, Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel (the first of four books) gives us the March sisters in one evanescent year, from Christmas to Christmas, as they dance the tender line between childhood and adulthood. A Victorian Tea will follow. 

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December 2019

A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens

December 7, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on December 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$50

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.

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A Christmas Carol with Gerald Charles Dickens

December 8, 2019 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
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One event on December 8, 2019 at 3:30 PM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$50

The great-great-grandson of the literary legend Charles Dickens, British actor Gerald Charles Dickens, will present a one-man theatrical performance of his ancestor’s classic work A Christmas Carol. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.

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Murder Mystery Dinner: Grandma Got Runned Over by a…Oh Dear!

December 14, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$42

Sandy Klawes has invited the family to a get together at their compound in Northpole Springs, Tennessee. It is your typical Family get together with Road Kill Casserole and Grandpa’s “special” beverage in his mason jars hidden in the cellar. Believe it or not, someone doesn’t get along with everyone and someone ends the season celebrating permanently. Come along and help figure out who dunnit. Dinner and cash bar.

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Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting Workshop

December 15, 2019 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$5

Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall to decorate one of the many trees that adorn the mansion this holiday season and make holiday cards for friends and family. Children will be able to craft their own ornaments and decorate a tree with them as well as take home some handmade ornaments.  Punch and cookies will be served.

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January 2020

Women in Film Seminar Part 1: Invisible: Female Film Makers Before 1960

January 23 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” examining short and feature-length films in the context of the theme on four consecutive Thursdays. Tonight features The Birth of Cinema – Alice Guy (short) and Ida Lupino.

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Women in Film Seminar Part 2: Invisible: Female Film Makers Before 1960

January 30 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” examining short and feature-length films in the context of the theme on four consecutive Thursdays. Tonight features Dancer & Director – Shirley Clarke (short) and Dorothy Arzner (feature).

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February 2020

Women in Film Seminar Part 4: Invisible: Female Film Makers Before 1960

February 13 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$15

Berkshire screenwriter and historian Nannina Gilder, as well as former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, will host a four-part Women in Film Seminar titled “Invisible: Female Filmmakers Before 1960” examining short and feature-length films in the context of the theme on four consecutive Thursdays. Tonight features Obsession – Wendy Toye (short) and Jacqueline Audry (feature).

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Murder Mystery Dinner Theater: “The Last Night at the Museum”

February 15 @ 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$42

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble will present a new mystery for you to solve - The Last Night at the Museum. It takes place at the Hysteriaworst house. Kathryn Spinner is donating the house to the city so it can become a museum and be enjoyed by anyone that wants to take a tour. Shirley Eugest is the representative from the city that is helping with the transition but things aren’t going as smoothly as she would hope. Ferris Faire…

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Rhone Rangers Wine Seminar

February 21 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$35

Experience the wines of the Rhone Rangers; a group of American Winemakers who promote the use of Grape varieties from the Rhone Valley. With Manny Gonzales, International Wine Specialist.

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Tea & Talk – The Ice Famine of 1919

February 22 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

A museum professional in the field of living history, historian and author Dennis Picard will give a talk here at the mansion on “The Ice Famine of 1919.” His visual presentation and demonstration will be followed by a Victorian tea.

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March 2020

Tea & Talk – Tea Time with Simpson & Vail

March 1 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$28 – $32

Known for its “Quality Teas Since 1929,” Simpson & Vail, one of America’s oldest purveyors of the brew and now based in Brookfield, CT, will be the subject of a Tea & Talk presented by company co-president Jim Harron. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea where some of Simpson & Vail’s teas will be served.

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