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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/

December 2018

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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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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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

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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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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Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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, 2020 @ 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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July 2020

Ventfort Hall Reopens

July 16, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Summer Is Here and So Are We! We are opening the museum to the public, Thursday, July 16. Hours will be 11 am to 4 pm Thursday through Tuesday, closed Wednesdays. Self-guided tours are by prepaid reservation only at 11 am, 12:30 pm and 2 pm. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced. The mansion is located at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, MA. Admission is $18 adults, $17 seniors 65 and over, $10 students with ID and…

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August 2020

Tuesday Talk – Costumes Can Deceive: Gone with the Wind, The Movie

August 18, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

A long-time expert on the history of fashion, Linda Meyer will unveil the fact that most of the celebrated costumes created for GWTW are not stylistically authentic. The speaker will demonstrate on mannequins the true styling of late 19th century fashions and from the standpoint of Hollywood’s viewpoint the fascinating deceptions of GWTW costumes.  Also available to attend online.

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Tuesday Talk – New Lives in a New Country: The Lower East Side Tenement Museum

August 25, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Social historian Morris Vogel will give a visual presentation on the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York City of which he is president.  A National Trust Historic Site, the Lower East Side Tenement Museum tells the story of how immigrants became new Americans and how America became a nation of immigrants. Visitors experience the human side of a special history through guided tours of recreated homes, the personal stories of the residents and the businesses they opened inside…

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Tuesday Talk – P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon

August 26, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Kathleen Maher, executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT, will give a visual presentation here at the mansion P. T. Barnum. According to Maher, “The Barnum name alone conjures up ideas and imagination, preconceived notions of a man and philosophy. Known to most of the world as the ‘Great American Showman’ for more than 170 years, the weight of the Barnum name has forced associations of humbug and merriment, provoked thought and invited controversy, welcomed the cynical and…

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September 2020

Tuesday Talk – Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970

September 1, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Elizabeth A. Williams, the David and Peggy Rockefeller Curator of Decorative Arts and Design at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, will speak on “Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850- 1970.” Her talk will be based on the major exhibition of the same title which she curated for the museum last year.

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Tuesday Talk – All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Perils of Being Too Rich

September 15, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Author and historian René Silvin returns to give a Tuesday Talk on “All That Glitters Is Not Gold: The Perils of Being Too Rich.” His focus will be two wealthy women, both of whom he knew; Ann Woodward, whom he dubs “She was a great shot” with good reason, and Christina Onassis, whom he titles “A Greek Tragedy.” Silvin will make his visual presentation via Zoom from his home in Palm Beach, FL.

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Tuesday Talk – Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger

September 22, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Screenwriter and film historian Nannina Gilder will introduce “Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger. A former film curator for the Little Cinema at The Berkshire Museum, Gilder will introduce us to other unique films from Reiniger’s more than 40 works, including Cinderella (1922); The Stolen Heart (1934); Papageno (1935), with background music from Mozart’s The Magic Flute; The Golden Goose (1944), her one film produced in Nazi Germany; Mary’s Birthday (1951), made while living in England, and one or…

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Tuesday Talk: P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon

September 29, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Kathleen Maher, executive director of the Barnum Museum in Bridgeport, CT, will give a visual presentation at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the American Icon.”

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October 2020

Saturday Talk: Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age

October 3, 2020 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Historian and author Andrew Erdman will make a visual presentation via Zoom on “Eva Tanguay, the I Don’t Care Girl or Lady Gaga of the Gilded Age.” He will give his talk from his home in New York City via Zoom.

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Drop In Community Yoga

October 20, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop in Yoga

October 24, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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One event on October 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion. The classes are indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre

October 24, 2020 @ 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Literary historian Rob Velella returns to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum via Zoom for a special Halloween virtual event portraying Edgar Allan Poe. Attendees are invited to see him on Zoom at the mansion or at home via Zoom. Poe, impersonated by Velella in costume, returns from the grave to read several of his works, both well-known and forgotten. Among them are “Annabel Lee” and one of the author’s earlier horror stories, “Ligeia,” which will feature some original…

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Drop In Community Yoga

October 27, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Walking Amongst the Shadows

October 30, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Join paranormal investigator and author David Raby when he presents “Walking Amongst the Shadows". Ventfort Hall has been host to Raby’s group paranormal investigation events since 2017. One hundred percent of ticket sales for those events go towards restoration and preservation efforts. In this special talk, Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences from investigating Ventfort Hall and other historic locations. The talk will also feature just some of the many audio clips he has captured throughout the years.…

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Drop in Yoga

October 31, 2020 @ 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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One event on October 31, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Join Susan Shook, a yoga practitioner, at an all level yoga class here at the mansion. The classes are indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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November 2020

Drop In Community Yoga

November 3, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Ventfort Hall Holiday House Tour

November 10, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 11:00 AM on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating indefinitely

Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$7 – $18

Experience the historic property all dressed up for the holidays. Self-guided tours are by reservation at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm. Reservations are taken by phone only. Thursday – Tuesday.

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Drop In Community Yoga

November 10, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

November 17, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Friday Morning Diversion – The Woman Who Stole Vermeer

November 20, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, will make a visual presentation on the subject of his new book titled “The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, the True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist.” Attendees are invited to join his audience at the mansion or via Zoom.

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Drop In Community Yoga

November 24, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Virtual: A Christmas Carol

November 26, 2020 - December 31, 2020
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

This unforgettable performance has recently been captured on film for all of his fans to enjoy this holiday season. In a spirited one-man performance, Gerald Charles Dickens tells the beloved story of Ebenezer Scrooge’s heartfelt transformation by acting out all 26 characters in this 70 minute performance. Many of the scenes have been recorded on location throughout the streets of Rochester, England where Gerald's great-great grandfather, Charles Dickens, took inspiration for many of his writings.

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December 2020

Drop In Community Yoga

December 1, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

December 8, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

December 15, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

December 22, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

December 29, 2020 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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January 2021

Drop In Community Yoga

January 5 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Virtual: Ghosts of the Berkshires

January 9 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Local Berkshire author and historian Robert Oakes will put the spotlight on “Ghosts of the Berkshires,” the subject of his new book, with special emphasis on the ghost lore of Ventfort Hall.

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Drop In Community Yoga

January 12 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

January 19 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

January 26 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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February 2021

Exhibit Opening – Tales for Two: Famous Couples Celebrate Valentine’s Day

February 1 @ 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Displaying decorated table settings representing couples from Mickey and Minnie Mouse to the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, the exhibit will be open to the public until Sunday, February 28. Reservations are required.

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Drop In Community Yoga

February 2 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

February 9 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Virtual Talk: Literary Conversations on Love: Austen, Bronte, Alcott

February 13 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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As a special treat for Valentine’s Day, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer Alison Larkin and Ventfort Hall favorite, actress Anne Undeland, will read from audiobook classics produced by Alison Larkin Presents.  Readings from such classic novels as Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, and Little Women will be followed by a transatlantic discussion on marriage, love and womanhood and the experience of recording the works of these towering authors.

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Drop In Community Yoga

February 16 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Drop In Community Yoga

February 23 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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An event every week that begins at 5:00 PM on Tuesday, repeating until February 23, 2021

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. The class is indoors in our great hall. Masks will be required and social distancing will be practiced.

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Virtual Talk: Ashintully Remembered: Postwar Living in a Gilded Age House

February 27 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Berkshire County native Holly McLennan Ketron, raised at Ashintully in Tyringham, will give a visual presentation on the magnificent Palladian mansion’s history and its architecture. The speaker will focus on its role as home to its builders, Robb de Peyster Tytus and his wife, Grace, as well as the year-round residence of Grace’s son, composer John McLennan and his family.

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March 2021

Virtual Ventfort Encore: Picturing America: The Prints and Legacy of Currier & Ives

March 5 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Maggie North speaks on “Picturing America: The Prints of Currier & Ives.” This event is a rerun of the recording that took place in September. The event will be available to access for one week following (so if you are not able to view at 6pm that evening, you will still be able to at your convenience).

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Virtual: Colfax & Fowler, Legendary Designers of the English Country House Style

March 12 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

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.

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Morning Diversions Series: Colfax & Fowler, Legendary Designers of the English Country House Style

March 12 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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A curator who specializes in historic decoration, Lisa Singleton Boudiette will turn our attention to the preeminent English design firm with her talk and visual presentation via Zoom.

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Virtual Ventfort Encore: Overcoming Tragedy…in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses

March 12 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Ventfort Hall resident historian and author Cornelia Brooke Gilder will give us a peek at the subject of her next book when she presents “Overcoming Tragedies: Real Life in Lenox’s Gilded Era Country Houses.” This event is a rerun of the recording that took place in September. The event will be available to access for one week following (so if you are not able to view at 6pm that evening, you will still be able to at your convenience).

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Virtual: Ventfort Encore: Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger

March 19 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Screenwriter and film historian Nannina Gilder speaks on Museum “Silhouette Animation: The Genius of Lotte Reiniger. This event is a rerun of the recording that took place in September. The event will be available to access for one week following (so if you are not able to view at 6pm that evening, you will still be able to at your convenience).

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Virtual Ventfort Encore: PT Barnum: The Man, The Myth, The American Icon

March 26 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Executive Director of the Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT, for 22 years, Kathleen Maher will offer her recognized authoritative knowledge to explore “P. T. Barnum: The Man, the Myth, the Legend.” How much of a beguiling con artist was this vibrant character? Was he just all show biz? This event is a rerun of the recording that took place in September. The event will be available to access for one week following (so if you are not able to view at…

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Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop

March 27 @ 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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One event on March 27, 2021 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. Ventfort Hall is offers its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. In practicing social distancing, we will limit the number of people at each session. Masks will be required.

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Slavic Easter Egg Decorating Workshop

March 27 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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One event on March 27, 2021 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. Ventfort Hall is offers its annual Slavic Easter egg decorating demonstrations and instructional workshops. In practicing social distancing, we will limit the number of people at each session. Masks will be required.

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April 2021

Virtual Ventfort Encore: The Woman Who Stole Vermeer

April 2 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Anthony Amore, Director of Security and Chief Investigator at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, will make a visual presentation on the subject of his new book titled “The Woman Who Stole Vermeer, the True Story of Rose Dugdale and the Russborough House Art Heist.” This event is a rerun of the recording that took place in November. The event will be available to access for one week following (so if you are not able to view at 6pm…

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Virtual Saturday Talk with Paranormal Investigator David Raby

April 10 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Join paranormal investigator and author David Raby when he presents “Walking Amongst the Shadows” on Zoom. Ventfort Hall and Gilded Age Museum has been host to Raby’s group paranormal investigation events since 2017 and the mansionhas proven to be quite haunted during those events. In this special online presentation, Raby will tell some of his favorite experiences and showcase some of the exciting evidence gathered at Ventfort Hall. This fast-paced presentation will include both audio and video clips that will…

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Virtual: Etiquette and the Importance of Self-Presentation Today

April 15 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20

Michelle Pappas, founder and director of Potomac Protocol & Etiquette, LLC, will give a presentation via Zoom on “Virtual Zoom Etiquette and the Importance of Self-Presentation Today.” Pappas will focus on giving her audience a thorough understanding of the importance of etiquette in the virtual world of Zoom and how self-presentation plays an important part.

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Virtual: Helen Hamilton Gardener, Fallen Woman, Free Thinker

April 17 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Award-winning historian, speaker and writer Kimberly A. Hamlin, PhD will reveal the fascinating story of the “fallen woman” who reinvented herself and became the “most potent factor” in the Congressional passage of the 19th Amendment. Offered by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, Hamlin will give her talk titled “Helen Hamilton Gardener, Fallen Woman, Free Thinker” via Zoom from her home in Cincinnati, Ohio. Hamlin’s presentation is based on her book Free Thinker: Sex, Suffrage, and the Extraordinary Life…

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Virtual Saturday Talk: The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress

April 24 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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Join historian Dr. Daniel W. Gifford when he explores one of the stranger sagas of the famous White City of the World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago. He is the author of the new book The Last Voyage of the Whaling Bark Progress: New Bedford, Chicago and the Twilight of an Industry, the subject of his talk.

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May 2021

Drop-in Community Yoga

May 1 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until June 26, 2021

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

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Paranormal Investigation:Walking Amongst the Shadows at Ventfort Hall

May 1 @ 7:00 PM - 11:45 PM
Ventfort Hall Mansion & Gilded Age Museum, 104 Walker Street
Lenox, MA 01240 United States
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$20 – $38

Join David Raby for a paranormal investigation of the our historic and haunted mansion. A non-fiction author and paranormal investigator, Raby has always been intrigued by history. Undaunted, he enters haunted locations that would terrify others with hopes of contacting lingering spirits to discover why they remain. Reservations required.

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Drop-in Community Yoga

May 8 @ 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
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An event every week that begins at 9:00 AM on Saturday, repeating until June 26, 2021

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

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