Dec
8
Sun
BOTH PERFORMANCES SOLD OUT – “A Christmas Carol” One-Man Theatrical Performance Followed by Victorian Tea
Dec 8 @ 3:30 pm

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 at Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, December 7, and Sunday, December 8, 2019. An elegant Victorian tea will follow.

Using his own adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, Gerald plays 26 characters using his vocal and physical talents to bring each scene vividly to life.  In 1993, he created as his first one-man show, A Christmas Carol, inspired by Charles’ own energetic readings of the 1860s in the United States and elsewhere.

Gerald’s performance of A Christmas Carol has received standing ovations the world over: “The audience was rapt, as it was in Charles’ day!”  “Not a reading or a dramatization but the best of both.”  “Dickens the actor gets full value from Dickens the writer.”  “A Dickens of a performance.”

Gerald has worked both on and off stage, as an actor, director and producer for many years. A fascination with the life and works of his ancestor led him to write and direct other one-man shows including Mr. Dickens Is Coming!, Nicholas Nickleby and Sketches by Boz. Gerald performs regularly in major theaters and arts centers, as well as at several arts and literary festivals in the UK and has entertained cruise passengers worldwide since 2007.

Tickets for A Christmas Carol and the elegant Victorian tea are $50. Ventfort Hall will be in full Christmas Regalia!! Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For reservations call us at (413) 637-3206.

Winter Book Club at The Mount – Old New York @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 Winter Book Club

Join us for lively discussions of Edith Wharton’s acclaimed works in the Drawing Room at The Mount. This year we have selected Old New York, In Morocco, and The Age of Innocence. Light refreshments provided. Free for members, $5 for non-members.

Old New York

December 8 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

Old New York (1924) is a collection of four novellas by Edith Wharton, revolving around upper-class New York City society in the 1840s, 1850s, 1860s, and 1870s. The decades indicated in the subtitles to the stories make them prequels, after a fashion, to The Age of Innocence. All five might as well be cut from the same bolt of cloth, sharing settings, characters, social insight, a similar knowing eye for a telling detail, and the occasional prop (a canary coach, an ormolu clock).

 

In Morocco

January 12 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

Published in Scribner’s in 1920, the book is an account of Edith Wharton’s visit to the French colony, perhaps the worst of the war years. In the summer of 1917, Wharton leapt at an unexpected opportunity to visit French Morocco, France’s fledgling colony in North Africa. In need of income, she convinced Scribner’s, her publisher, to let her write about the trip. The result was In Morocco, part travelogue, part exploration of the lives of Moroccan women, and part precolonial tract.

The Age of Innocence

February 9 at 4 p.m., The Mount Drawing Room

The Age of Innocence was Edith Wharton’s twelfth novel, initially serialized in 1920 in four parts, in the magazine Pictorial Review. Later that year, it was released as a book by D. Appleton & Company. It won the 1921 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, making Wharton the first woman to win the prize. Though the committee had initially agreed to give the award to Sinclair Lewis for Main Street, the judges, in rejecting his book on political grounds, “established Wharton as the American ‘First Lady of Letters’. The story is set in the 1870s, in upper-class, “Gilded-Age” New York City.

Space is limited and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.  Register here

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.

Dec
11
Wed
Community Night Wednesday Dec 11 Dine for Gould Farm @ Chez Nous
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

December 11: Gould Farm (https://www.gouldfarm.org/)

Gould Farm is the first residential therapeutic community in the nation dedicated to helping adults with mental health and related challenges move toward recovery, health and greater independence through community living, meaningful work, and clinical care.

In a supportive community environment made up of residents, staff and their families, we help adults with depression, bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia and other challenges begin to rebuild and regain their lives. Gould Farm offers a full continuum of care, with programs in both Boston and the Berkshires for those ready for new challenges and structured transition.

 

Community Night Wednesday Dec 18 Dine for VIM @ Chez Nous
Dec 11 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Wednesday Nights through the winter, Dine at Chez Nous to Support Organizations Working to Improve Lives in the Berkshires

Each evening will be devoted to a different non-profit organization with 15% of the night’s net profit given directly to support their work in our community

Please join us for our Community Nights this winter. Each week we will partner with a local nonprofit to highlight their cause. While we have always partnered with local organizations with different donations, including cooking classes, Chef for a Day, or gift certificates for dinner, recently we have been thinking about how to integrate our work more directly with the community that has supported us for almost 14 years. We are looking forward to giving back by doing what we do best, feeding people!

Here is what you can do to help: bring your friends and family and enjoy an evening out while supporting a good cause. It’s a great combination. In addition, everyone who attends to support Community Night will have their names entered into a raffle for a chance to win a dinner for 2 at one of our popular wine dinners!

Please mark the following nights on your calendar if you would like to enjoy a delicious meal at Chez Nous and take advantage of this easy opportunity to contribute to some of the community organizations doing important work to strengthen the Berkshires and beyond:

December 18: VIM: Volunteers in Medicine (https://www.vimberkshires.org/)

Volunteers in Medicine Berkshires provides access to free, comprehensive healthcare for those in the Berkshire region who are income-qualified and uninsured or under-insured.

 

Dec
12
Thu
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday, December 12 6:30pm Celebrate South American Style! @ Chez Nous
Dec 12 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 This week we are craving some sunshine! Taking our inspiration from one of our favorite cuisines, Peruvian, we are going to make a traditional Seafood Ceviche, a
 Creamy Chicken Stew, and Suspiro Limeno, a Caramel Custard with Port Meringue.  Our wines for the evening are from Argentina, but neither of them are Malbec! It should be a delicious and fun evening as always, $35. food, wine, recipes & a cooking demonstration.  Please call or respond to this email for reservations.  We hope to see you!
Happy Cooking,
Rachel, Franck and the Chez Nous team
Dec
14
Sat
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Grandma Got Runned Over by a…Oh Dear!!!!” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm
Dec 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion for an encore performance of their holiday program “Grandma Got Runned Over by a…Oh Dear!!!!” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, December 14th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

Sandy Klawes has invited the family to a get together with his wife Marguerite Freagan Klawes at their compound in  Northpole Springs Tennessee. Of course, their Granddaughter, Sue Ellen will be there and Cousin Terry the Stable Guy. A surprise guest, cousin Elvira Jean will be there too. She hasn’t been to one of these in years. 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.

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

Cost to attend is $42 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer, wine and soda. BYOB is not allowed due to liability issues. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 11th. Seating is limited.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Dec
15
Sun
Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting Workshop
Dec 15 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall on Sunday, December 15 from noon – 3 p.m. 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. The finished decorated tree will remain on display in the mansion until early January. Punch and cookies will be served.

Admission is $5 per child (to cover material fees). Parents/guardians are admitted at no extra charge. Reservations not required but encouraged. Please give us a call at (413) 637-3206 or email haley@gildedage.org if you are interested in attending so we can prepare enough materials.

Dec
21
Sat
Holiday Concert with Samantha Talora & Ron Ramsay @ Darwing Room at The Mount
Dec 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Two of the Berkshires favorite performers, Samantha Talora and Ron Ramsay, are filling The Mount with holiday cheer! Talora and Ramsay will be performing holiday favorites. We encourage you to sing-along! Tickets include admission to The Mount and light refreshments.

Talora & Ramsay’s eclectic music series, spanning a wide array of genres, has delighted audiences with special programs such as “A Sondheim Trilogy, Parts I, II & III,” Affairs of the Heart and The Chairman.  These, along with their popular holiday programs for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Christmas (and more), have quickly become the ideal destination for a romantic date night, or a fun night with family and friends.  You’ve seen them on the rails for the past three summers with Berkshire Scenic Railway on Saturday Night Cabaret Trains, running from June to September. With passionate performances and witty storytelling, this pair will make you laugh and cry and always leave you wanting more!

Dec
24
Tue
Holiday Hours at Chez Nous @ Chez Nous
Dec 24 @ 5:00 pm – Dec 25 @ 9:00 pm

We will be closed December 24 & 25 to allow our staff to enjoy Christmas.  We will be open every night from Dec. 26-Dec. 31st.  Don’t forget your New Year’s Reservations!

Happy cooking and our best to you,

Rachel, Franck and the Chez Nous Team

Dec
28
Sat
Marionette Show – “The Frog Prince” with Carl Sprague
Dec 28 @ 3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

The popular puppeteer Carl Sprague will return to Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum in Lenox to charm all ages with the classic fairytale “The Frog Prince” for two Christmas-week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Saturday, December 28th and Monday, December 30th both at 3:30 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Children’s refreshments will be served.

Sprague, who has appeared annually at Ventfort Hall with his “behind the scenery” mastery, has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 antique Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes.  Hybler’s legacy also includes two marionette theaters.

Also, Sprague has been a set designer for such motion pictures as “The Royal Tenenbaums” and Scorcese’s “The Age of Innocence,” as well as for theater productions including those of Shakespeare & Company.

Admission to the show is $15 per person; $7 for children 4-17 and free for 3 and under. Children must be accompanied by adults.  Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Please call us at 413-637-3206 for reservations.