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Jun
26
Tue
Birding at The Mount @ The Mount
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Photo by Andrea Minnoff

Space is limited. Registration is required. 

Starting at The Mount’s Historic Stable, venture through Edith Wharton’s original estate guided by one of Mass Audubon’s naturalists. Exploring woods, wetlands and meadows you’ll learn the skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers. Following the two-hour walk, join us on The Terrace and compare your findings over a cup of coffee.

Whether you are an experienced birder or new to the hobby all are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided by Mass Audubon but please feel free to bring your own. Proper hiking attire and footwear, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes steep and uneven terrain.

This program is offered in partnership with Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Dale Abrams is the Education and Volunteer Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries. He is a life-long naturalist, birder, and wildlife tracker who has studied ecosystems from West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and New England, where he has lived in the Berkshires for the past 17 years.

Drew Johnson is a naturalist for Mass Audubon as well as a writer and teacher with work in Harper’s, New England Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Literary Review, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. He is an experienced birder who leads guided hikes and nature walks in the Berkshires and the Hilltowns.

Laura Evans works as a naturalist, field technician, and intern coordinator for Mass Audubon. She has previous experience conducting wildlife research including bird monitoring projects for Mass Audubon, USGS, NPS, Smithsonian, UC Berkley, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Becky Cushing is the Director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and has guided nature and outdoor programs throughout New England since 2003. Her background is in conservation biology, with an MS in Plant Biology from UVM’s Field Naturalist Program and she is a 2012 Switzer Fellow.

Tea & Talk – The Girl on the Velvet Swing
Jun 26 @ 4:00 pm

New York Times-bestselling author and award-winning legal historian Simon Baatz will give evidence to facts dealing with The Girl on the Velvet Swing: Sex, Murder, and Madness at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century.  The subject of his latest book of the same title. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea during which the speaker will autograph copies of his book.

In 1901, beautiful Evelyn Nesbit, 16, a chorus girl in the musical comedy Florodora, dined alone with Stanford White, 47, the foremost architect of his day, in his town house in New York City.  He was a celebrity, responsible for designing countless landmark buildings in Manhattan and elsewhere.  That evening, after drinking too much champagne, Nesbit lost consciousness and awoke to find herself naked in bed with White.  Telltale evidence told her that White had raped her.

She spoke of the incident to no one until, several years later, she confided in Harry Thaw, the millionaire playboy who would later become her husband.  Thaw, angry with revenge, shot and killed White in 1906 before hundreds of theatergoers during a performance in Madison Square Garden at 26th Street, a building designed by White.

The trial was a sensation that gripped the country. Most Americans thought Thaw was justified in killing White, but the district attorney expected to send him to the electric chair. Nesbit’s testimony was so explicit and shocking that President Theodore Roosevelt called on newspapers not to print it verbatim.  The murder cast a long dark shadow on both Thaw and Nesbit.

Baatz holds a joint appointment as an Associate Professor of American legal history at John Jay College and at the Graduate Center, both at the City University of New York.  He is a bestselling author of For the Thrill of It, a history of the Leopold and Loeb case.

Tickets for the Baatz talk are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

The summer 2018 series of thirteen Tea & Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Jun
27
Wed
Wednesday Shorts @ The Terrace at The Mount
Jun 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Professional actors bring to life classic short stories!

Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to professional actors read short stories written by Wharton and her contemporaries. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase.

The readings begin at 5 pm on the Terrace.

On June 27, Ms. Annette Miller will read “A Jury of her Peers” by Susan Glaspell.

On July 11, Mary Anne Grammer will read “The Purloined Letter” by Edgar Allan Poe.

On July 18, Sally-Jane Heit will read “The Mission of Jane” by Edith Wharton.

On July 25,  Marilyn D. Hunter will read “Scarlet Stockings” by Louisa May Alcott.

On August 1, Anne Undeland will read  “The Pretext” by Edith Wharton.

Additional readings to be announced.

This series is sponsored by Berkshire Magazine. Berkshire Magazine tells the stories and reflects the natural allure of our region, exploring the arts, the homes, the cultural treasures and the attractions with a local authoritative voice.

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

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Jun 27 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Wednesday Ghost Walks

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home to writers, actors, wealthy families, hardworking servants, and teenage girls.  Take a special guided tour of the most haunted parts of the estate to find out who may still call The Mount home.  You never know who–or what–might happen to show up!

The 2-hour ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes about a half-mile walk with some steep areas.

Two helpful hints: dress warmly and wear sensible shoes!

Advance reservations for ghost tours are required.  To purchase tickets, fill in the ticket form below or call 413-551-5100. If tickets are sold out for a particular evening and you’d like to be added to a waitlist, please email info@edithwharton.org.

Please note: This spooky tour is not recommended for children under 12.

Jun
28
Thu
Classical Principles for Modern Design with Thomas Jayne @ The Stable at The Mount
Jun 28 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

In this illustrated presentation, award-winning designer Thomas Jayne will discuss his most recent book Classical Principles for Modern Design: Lessons from Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman’s The Decoration of Houses (Monacelli Press, 2018). Jayne’s presentation will focus on the influence Edith Wharton has had on the history of interior design. Drawing from his own work at Jayne Design Studio, Jayne will discuss the timelessness of the principles found in Wharton’s and Codman’s The Decoration of Houses, and how those principles both complement and diverge from his interpretation of classical interior design.

The lecture will be followed by a light reception and book signing session.

AD100 designer Thomas Jayne is founder and principal of Jayne Design Studio. His interiors reflect his passion and wide-ranging knowledge of classical traditions and his quest to further those traditions within contemporary design. Jayne holds a master’s degree in American decorative arts from Winterthur and completed fellowships at the American Wing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the J. Paul Getty Museum. He is the author of the highly successful The Finest Rooms in America: Fifty Influential Interiors from the Eighteenth Century to the Present and American Decoration: A Sense of Place, a monograph on the work of Jayne Design Studio.

We would like to thank 33 Main for their generous donation and support of this event.

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

 

Jun
29
Fri
Free Fun Friday @ The Mount
Jun 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

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.

Please note: There will be no tours on Friday, June 29.  Instead, our guides will be giving hourly talks in the Forecourt.

This program is made possible with the support of The Highland Street Foundation. For the full program schedule and to learn more about Free Fun Fridays, please visit www.highlandstreet.org.

Jun
30
Sat
Early Closing Day @ The Mount
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for special events:

    • Saturday, June 16
    • Saturday, June 23
    • Saturday, June 30
    • Saturday, September 8
    • Saturday, September 15
    • Saturday, September 22
    • Saturday, September 29
    • Sunday, October 7
    • Saturday, October 13

The Café will be closed on these dates.

On Sunday, July 22, the house and the grounds will close at 3 pm.

On Saturday, September 1, The Mount will be closed for a private event.

We regret any inconvenience.  If visiting on one of these dates, please feel free to use your 7-day pass to visit us again within a week’s time!

Thank you for your understanding, as these special events help considerably to sustain The Mount!

Jul
1
Sun
Backstairs Tour @ The Mount
Jul 1 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Learn about the daily routines of the men and women who ran The Mount through this behind-the-scenes tour.

The Backstairs Tour ticket includes:

-The Backstairs tour
-Mimosas on the Terrace
-Up to 30 minutes of Q&A with the interpreters following the tour
-Full admission to The Mount for the day
-Regular guided house and garden tours

There will not be a Backstairs Tour on July 15, September 2, September 30, October 7, and October 14.

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

Jul
2
Mon
Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life @ The Stable at The Mount
Jul 2 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Photo by Colleen Woolpert

Husband and wife team Thomas Bailey and Katherine Joslin will open our 2018 summer lecture series with a much anticipated talk about their fresh-from-the-press biography, Theodore Roosevelt: A Literary Life. Of all the biographies of Theodore Roosevelt, none has presented the twenty-sixth president as he saw himself: as a man of letters. Throughout his life, Roosevelt read widely and deeply, and worked tirelessly on his writing, producing journals, accounts of his travels and adventures, essays, countless speeches, histories, reviews and letters. Even Edith Wharton’s personal library at The Mount contains several books by Roosevelt, all of them inscribed. Roosevelt took enormous pride in being a writer, overseeing all aspects of publication, taking pains to hone a vigorous style, and never losing sight of his audience, nor of the image he wanted to convey. This captivating lecture traces Roosevelt’s lifelong engagement with books and discusses his writings from childhood journals to his final editorial, finished just hours before his death. Roosevelt is revealed at his most vulnerable—and his most human.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. The doors will open at 3:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE THIS LECTURE IS  SOLD OUT. 

Eventbrite - The 2018 Summer Lecture Series

Thomas Bailey is professor emeritus of English and environmental studies at Western Michigan University. During his four decades at WMU, he has served as ombudsman, director of Environmental Studies, and chair of the Department of Special Education and Literacy Studies.

Katherine Joslin is professor of English at Western Michigan University and Founding Director of the University Center for the Humanities. She received the Distinguished Faculty Scholar award in 2011. Joslin is the author of Jane Addams, A Writer’s Life and Edith Wharton and the Making of Fashion, winner of a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title Award. She is a founding member of the Edith Wharton Society.

Refund requests will only be honored if made more than one week prior to lecture date.

Lecture Series books can be purchased in advance from The Mount’s Bookstore! Mount members receive a 10% discount.  Everyone receives a 15% discount if all 9 books are purchased together. If you would like to order your book(s) ahead of the lecture, e-mail our Bookstore Manager Patricia at ppin@edithwharton.org.

We would like to thank Blantyre, a Relais & Chateau property, for their generous donation and support of this season’s Summer Lecture Series at The Mount.

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

Jul
3
Tue
Birding at The Mount @ The Mount
Jul 3 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Photo by Andrea Minnoff

Space is limited. Registration is required. 

Starting at The Mount’s Historic Stable, venture through Edith Wharton’s original estate guided by one of Mass Audubon’s naturalists. Exploring woods, wetlands and meadows you’ll learn the skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers. Following the two-hour walk, join us on The Terrace and compare your findings over a cup of coffee.

Whether you are an experienced birder or new to the hobby all are welcome. Binoculars and bird books will be provided by Mass Audubon but please feel free to bring your own. Proper hiking attire and footwear, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchairs and includes steep and uneven terrain.

This program is offered in partnership with Mass Audubon Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries.

Dale Abrams is the Education and Volunteer Coordinator for Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries. He is a life-long naturalist, birder, and wildlife tracker who has studied ecosystems from West Coast to the Rocky Mountains, and New England, where he has lived in the Berkshires for the past 17 years.

Drew Johnson is a naturalist for Mass Audubon as well as a writer and teacher with work in Harper’s, New England Review, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Literary Review, Literary Hub, and elsewhere. He is an experienced birder who leads guided hikes and nature walks in the Berkshires and the Hilltowns.

Laura Evans works as a naturalist, field technician, and intern coordinator for Mass Audubon. She has previous experience conducting wildlife research including bird monitoring projects for Mass Audubon, USGS, NPS, Smithsonian, UC Berkley, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Becky Cushing is the Director of Mass Audubon’s Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries and has guided nature and outdoor programs throughout New England since 2003. Her background is in conservation biology, with an MS in Plant Biology from UVM’s Field Naturalist Program and she is a 2012 Switzer Fellow.