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Nov
23
Thu
Closed Thanksgiving Day
Nov 23 all-day
Nov
25
Sat
SOLD OUT – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – Doors open at 5:00pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
Nov 25 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble invites the public to join the fun with their holiday program “You Can’t Toy with Death” when they return to the mansion for a murder mystery dinner theater performance on Saturday, November 25. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm. Open seating.

The action takes place in the Elfsecutive Board Room, inside the Main Lodge on the Island Of Nitwit Toys. (This island is especially reserved for toys deemed too stupid, anti-social or poorly-designed for mere banishment to the better-known and neighboring Island Of Misfit Toys.) Due to a computer glitch, there won’t be quite enough toys to go around on Christmas Eve. Five Nitwit Toys are vying for the single parole slot that will get them into Santa’s bag this year. An emergency dinner session of the Special Handling Review Inquiry Mediation Parole Section (SHRIMPS for, well, short) has been convened to make a recommendation. Jealousy, hidden secrets and retribution are in the air tonight.

The five characters are Jack in the Boombox, Harry Pothead, Meddle-Lynn, Malibu Bimbi and Stinky Winky the Teleblubby.

In production since 1995, The Comical Mystery Tour has had over 50,000 audience members viewing and/or participating in their programs. The ensemble has appeared many times at Ventfort Hall.

Cost to attend is $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Monday, Nov. 20th. Seating is limited.  For reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Nov
30
Thu
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday, Nov. 30 6:30pm Roman Wine & Food @ Chez Nous
Nov 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm

Inspired by some beautiful wines made from indigenous, ancient Roman grapes, we will be serving a menu of Southern Italian flavors.  If you’ve never been to a MBED, it’s a fun, casual, food-and-drink-centered evening which we produce throughout the cooler season every Thursday (almost).  Theme, menu, wine/drinks, recipes, cooking demonstrations.  Come and check it out!  Reservations required, event starts at 6:30.  Please call 413-243-6397 to book and avoid the online system, which doesn’t like it when we do special events.

Dec
2
Sat
Top Bananas!
Dec 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Ever-popular Nutshell Playhouse returns with their newest show!

A fantasy filled performance of visual and musical delights, featuring a puppet that morphs, a snake that sings, a saw that plays music, tap-dancing, new and old songs and an abundance of silly shenanigans.

Performed by Berkshire County Actors Stefanie Weber, Maizy Scarpa and Mark Hohlstein with live music by Don Jordan.

Dec
3
Sun
War of the Dictionaries: The Invention of the Modern Dictionary @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Noah Webster’s work was showing its age and its shortcomings by the mid-nineteenth century, when competition from the excellent dictionary of Joseph Worcester drove the publishers to a moment of truth—and of disruption. The decisions they subsequently made set the course for the company’s editorial and business policies to this day. This change from the idiosyncratic work of an individual to the organized effort of a team was an important and influential moment in the development of modern lexicography, and it is best understood alongside the business strategies that were its motivation. Webster’s work, the details of the “War of the Dictionaries,” and the teamwork resulting in the landmark edition of 1864 will all be discussed.

Peter Sokolowski is Editor at Large at Merriam-Webster. He has written definitions for many of Merriam-Webster’s dictionaries, is active as a blogger, podcaster, and speaker on language, and has served as pronouncer for spelling bees worldwide. He was named among TIME’s 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2013. Peter attended the University of Paris and earned his M.A. in French Literature from the University of Massachusetts. He is also a music host for New England Public Radio.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Dec
9
Sat
Tea & Talk – Art Collecting in the Gilded Age: The Taste of the Gentleman Collector
Dec 9 @ 3:30 pm

Art historian and writer Lynn Villency Cohen will give a visual presentation on art collecting in the Gilded Age here at the mansion. The program will be followed by a Victorian tea.

The mid to late nineteenth century was an era of expansive American wealth from railroads, retail, banking, real estate and stock speculation for example, and with it began the burgeoning art market as we know it today.

During her talk, Cohen will answer these questions: What was the taste of the newly minted Gilded Age millionaire? Who were the notable American art collectors during that time? Who were the artists they collected, the subjects and styles? How did the period’s collector class display their paintings? How did they obtain paintings? What happened to the collections later on? The speaker will also touch upon the collectors of today’s “Second Gilded Age” to look at similarities and differences.

Ms. Cohen began her career with the U.S. Treasury Department where she was an art appraiser in Washington, DC from 1986 to 1995.  She has been a museum interpreter at Lyndhurst, a National Trust for Historic Preservation property; and has lectured at Lyndhurst on art collecting during the Gilded Age, and at C.W. Post College in Long Island on art appraisal regulations.  She has served as a member of Stamford’s Historic Preservation Advisory Commission and has worked as an intern in the American paintings department of the Brooklyn Museum.

Although based in Stamford, CT, Cohen is a part-time resident of Stockbridge, MA. She pursues a career in writing opinion pieces for the Stamford Advocate, the New York Times and the Berkshire Eagle on topics ranging from the arts, historic preservation, the environment and politics, which she is currently compiling in book form.

Cost to attend is $26 with advance reservations and $32 for day of the event.  Members $26.00. Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Dec
10
Sun
Berkshire Concert Choir Holiday Concert
Dec 10 @ 3:30 pm

The Berkshire Concert Choir will present “Holiday Cheer!” at the mansion, which will be beautifully decorated for the holidays.  Selections both ancient and modern, celebrating the season, will be sung by the women of the Berkshire Concert Choir led by conductor Paula Nuss and accompanist Memrie Kelly. Light refreshments will be served after the concert. Cost to attend the concert is $22.00 with an advance reservation and $26.00 the day of the performance. Reservations are always recommended as seating is limited.  Call 413-637-3206 for reservations.

Members Book Club: Ethan Frome @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Dec 10 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join us to discuss Ethan Frome (1911), Wharton’s tragic winter’s tale, written while she lived at The Mount, and set in the fictitious New England town of Starkfield, MA. Elegant in form, Henry James praised the novella for its “beautiful artful kept-downness.”

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  To register, please contact Alex at 413-551-5112 or asniffen@edithwharton.org.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Dec
16
Sat
A New York Christmas: Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Dec 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sibyl McCormac Groff discusses her new book, A New York Christmas: Ho Ho Ho at Gothamtide, and shares stories of how diverse people observe their holidays, incorporating components that are universal and secular. Groff will also share insights into how Edith Wharton and her friends celebrated the holidays.

The Mount is a Massachusetts Cultural Council UP designated organization welcoming participants of all disabilities. Please contact Nicole Williams at 413-551-5100 or by email, nwilliams@edithwharton.org, to discuss accommodations needed to participate fully in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Dec
24
Sun
Closed Christmas Eve All Day
Dec 24 all-day