Feb
26
Wed
Community Night Wednesday February 26 Dine for Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention @ Chez Nous
Feb 26 @ 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:

February 26 Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention The Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention (BCSP) was established as a regional coalition of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention (MCSP) in 2009 with a mission of reducing self-harm and suicides. The mission of Berkshire Coalition for Suicide Prevention is for everyone to find an alternative to suicide and self-harm, to find relief from unbearable psychological pain, and for our community to meet their needs. BCSP is part of a network of regional coalitions throughout Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention.

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

May 6: Berkshire Mt. Search and Rescue BMSAR is an all volunteer, not-for-profit Search and Rescue Team, based in Western Massachusetts. We are available 24 hours a day for missing person searches in Western Massachusetts and the surrounding area. The team can provide trained search and rescue personnel, K-9 search teams, search management and other related resources, free of charge.

May 20: Railroad St. Youth Project RSYP’s professional staff pairs youth-generated ideas with community resources, empowering youth to create and oversee a wide range of innovative, life-changing projects. Unmatched in mission and scope, RSYP excels in helping youth find their voice and realize the benefits of their commitment to themselves and their community.

May 27: WAM Theatre THEATRE FOR EVERYONE THAT BENEFITS WOMEN AND GIRLS. WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Their vision is to create opportunity for women and girls, theatre as philanthropy.

 

 

Feb
27
Thu
Manger! Boire! Eat! Drink! Thursday, February 27 6:30pm Guest Chef via Mexico! @ Chez Nous
Feb 27 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

 

 

This Thursday, our Last MBED before vacation!

Guest Chef Lili will share with us her tamale-making expertise.  Cheese Tamales with Tomatillo Salsa, Roasted, Stuffed Poblano Peppers with Cream Sauce, and Churros with Mexican Hot Chocolate. The menu is, as always, $35. for food, wine, recipes & a cooking demonstration. Reservations required. See you there!
Mar
1
Sun
Tea & Talk – “Tea Time with Simpson & Vail”
Mar 1 @ 3:30 pm

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 on Sunday, March 1 at 3:30 pm. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea where some of Simpson & Vail’s teas will be served.

Among the facts he will discuss is the origin, including details of the contract, for a special tea called the Morgan Blend that is still offered (and sold in our Gift Shop!), made for financier J. Pierpont Morgan and his family, he being the brother of our own Sarah Morgan. Simpson & Vail was originally founded in 1904 as Augustus M. Walbridge, Inc., a supplier of green coffee located on Water Street in NYC. Mr. Walbridge sold his business to Mr. Simpson, who hired his nephew Lester Vail as his tea taster. It was the Water Street store of Simpson & Vail that J.P. passed each day near his Wall Street office. Jim will also inform us on literary teas by Emily Dickinson and Edith Wharton.

Tickets for the Simpson & Vail Tea and Talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Mar
4
Wed
Community Night Wednesday March 4 Dine for Music in Common @ Chez Nous
Mar 4 @ 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

HE MISSION OF MUSIC IN COMMON IS TO STRENGTHEN, EMPOWER, AND CONNECT COMMUNITIES
THROUGH
 
THE UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE OF MUSIC
Music In Common is a non-profit organization that empowers youth against hate through collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance. Our programs bring together teens and young adults from diverse backgrounds to discover and celebrate their common ground. Since 2005, Music In Common has directly served thousands of people in more than 300 communities across the globe and across religious, ethnic, cultural, and racial sectors. In any community, our programs can transform apprehension into trust, fear into acceptance, powerlessness into action. Working together face to face, participants expand understanding, build confidence, strengthen community, wage peace and – yes – change the world.

 

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:

 

March 4: Music In Common Empowers youth & communities against hate through dialogue, collaborative songwriting, multimedia and performance.

May 6: Berkshire Mt. Search and Rescue BMSAR is an all volunteer, not-for-profit Search and Rescue Team, based in Western Massachusetts. We are available 24 hours a day for missing person searches in Western Massachusetts and the surrounding area. The team can provide trained search and rescue personnel, K-9 search teams, search management and other related resources, free of charge.

May 20: Railroad St. Youth Project RSYP’s professional staff pairs youth-generated ideas with community resources, empowering youth to create and oversee a wide range of innovative, life-changing projects. Unmatched in mission and scope, RSYP excels in helping youth find their voice and realize the benefits of their commitment to themselves and their community.

May 27: WAM Theatre THEATRE FOR EVERYONE THAT BENEFITS WOMEN AND GIRLS. WAM Theatre is a professional theatre company in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Their vision is to create opportunity for women and girls, theatre as philanthropy.

 

 

Martin Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence @ Tampa Theatre
Mar 4 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Screening of The Age of Innocence

with remarks by Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home

Based on Edith Wharton’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1920 novel of the same name, The Age of Innocence tells the troubled love story of wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (Daniel Day-Lewis), who is engaged to pretty, pampered socialite May Welland (Winona Ryder) in the restrictive high society of late-19th Century New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May’s beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) – who is estranged from her brutish husband – arrives in town, Newland’s well-ordered life is upset when he finds himself falling in love with Ellen, even though her “separated” status makes her a social outcast among his peers.

Wharton was best known for her stories about the upper-class society into which she was born, and director Martin Scorsese is celebrated for his character development work and his deft handling of themes like guilt and redemption. Archer et al. may be among the wealthiest and most powerful of their day, but in the Gilded Age they live in, there is a constant fear of being excluded or shunned or, worse, pitied as they wrestle with putting personal hopes and desires above the family’s reputation.

In celebration of the novel’s 100th anniversary and to celebrate (appropriately enough, during Women’s History Month) Edith Wharton being the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize, this special screening will be introduced by Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home.

Tickets and more information at TampaTheatre.org.

Mar
7
Sat
Proemio Argentine Wine Dinner Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 6pm @ Chez Nous
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – 8:45 pm

Proemio Wines Argentine Wine Dinner*

Saturday, March 7, 2020 6 pm

Crispy Scallop & Cod Accras, Mango Sauce Chien

2018 Proemio Chardonnay

House-made Zucchini Ravioli, Tomato & Olive Sauce, Herb Coulis

2016 Proemio Malbec Reserva

Cassoulet: French White Bean & Tomato Stew, House-made Sausages, Duck Confit & Bacon

2015 Proemio Petit Verdot

Aged Conte, Peppercorn & Honey Roasted Pear, Berkshire Mt. Bakery Cherry Pecan Toast

2015 Proemio Syrah/Grenache

Warm Valrhona Chocolate Tart, Marmelade Sauce

2014 Gran Reserva

$78. per person, excluding tax & gratuity

*menu may be subject to change due to availability

Mar
14
Sat
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Murder She Float, A Mardi Gras Mystery” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble will present a new mystery for you to solve, “Murder She Float, A Mardi Gras Mystery,” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, March 14th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

The Wild Chalupas Krewe is hosting a party to choose the Queen to ride on their float in the Mardi Gras parade. Things seem to be going smoothly until one of the contestants is found expired. Who could have done it? Was it Maude E Graw, the organizer and representative of the sponsor or Matty Door, the costume designer. How about Dick C Lee, the overworked manager of the float build or was it the float Judge, Jim Teacher. Come along for some fun and mystery and don’t forget, you will be in New Orleans and won’t even have to pay for a ticket to get there.

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 and wine. BYOB is not allowed for liability reasons. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Mar. 11th. Seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Mar
18
Wed
Writers in the House: A Conversation with our 2020 Writers-in-Residence @ The Mount
Mar 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

A discussion with The Mount’s 2020 Writers-in-Residence: Sue Miller, Patricia Park, and Dayna Tortorici

Sue Miller, Patricia Park, Dayna Tortorici, Elissa Altman

Novelist and Guggenheim fellow Sue Miller, Fullbright scholar and writer Patricia Park, and n+1 editor-in-chief and debut novelist Dayna Tortorici will discuss their past and present work, their careers, and their experience writing in the home of Edith Wharton. They will also touch on the legacy of Edith Wharton and her continuing influence on women writers. Moderated by Elissa Altman.

Sue Miller has written a collection of short stories, a memoir about her father and his death, and ten novels, including While I Was Gone, The Good Mother, Inventing the Abbotts, and The Senator’s Wife. Her latest, Monogamy, will come out in 2020. Her work has been widely translated and published. She has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Yaddo residency, the Carl Sandburg Prize from the Chicago Public Library, the Kate Chopin Prize, and she has been short-listed for a National Book Critics Circle Award and long-listed for The Orange Prize. At The Mount, Miller will begin her next writing project.

Patricia Park is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at American University, a Fulbright scholar in Creative Arts, a Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, and author of the acclaimed debut novel, Re Jane (Penguin). A Korean-American reimagining of Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Re Jane was named Editors’ Choice by The New York Times Book Review; Best Books of 2015 by American Library Association; NPR’s “Fresh Air” pick; among others. Park’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, Guardian, Salon, and others. At The Mount, she will work on revising her next novel, El Chino, which explores the lives of Koreans in Argentina during the Dirty War.

Dayna Tortorici is a writer and co-editor-in-chief of the literary magazine n+1 founded in New York City in 2004.  Malcolm Gladwell calls n+1 “the rightful heir to the Partisan Review and The New York Review of Books. It is rigorous, curious, and provocative.” Her writing has appeared in The Best American Essays, as well as The Atlantic, The Guardian, Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times Book Review, The Village Voice, and elsewhere. At The Mount, she will continue to work on her first novel.

Elissa Altman is the author of Motherland: A Memoir of Love, Loathing, and Longing, Poor Man’s Feast: A Love Story of Comfort, Desire, and the Art of Simple Cooking and the James Beard Award-winning blog of the same name. Her work has appeared in O, The Oprah Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, The New York Times, Tin House, The Rumpus, LitHub, Saveur, and The Washington Post, where her column, “Feeding My Mother”, ran for a year.

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


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Mar
28
Sat
Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire
Mar 28 @ 3:30 pm

Celebrate the Centennial of Woman Suffrage with this hilarious parody of the arguments against females voting. They sound crazy now, but for 72 years, those arguments denied women the ballot and equal rights.

Someone Must Wash the Dishes: An Anti-Suffrage Satire pairs pro-Suffragist Marie Jenney Howe’s 1913 “An Anti-Suffrage Monologue” with a lively lecture explaining why women’s voting would lead to anarchy, financial ruin, and “make every home a hell on earth.”

Performed by professional actress Michèle LaRue and directed by Warren Kliewer, Someone Must Wash the Dishes has toured coast-to-coast, garnering reviews ranging from, “Better than the best stand-ups!” to, “I would have learned a lot more in school if she had been our teacher!”

This performance is made possible thanks to the Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum’s “100 Events for 100 Years” initiative commemorating the 2020 Women’s Suffrage Centennial. A Victorian tea will follow the performance. Cost to attend is $28 with an advance reservation and $32 the day off. Reservations are strongly recommended as seating is limited. Call us for a reservation at (413) 637-3206.

Mar
29
Sun
Music and Medicine with Concetta Tomaino @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

This is a program presented by Close Encounters with Music at The Mount.

Close collaborator of Dr. Oliver Sacks, author of the breakthrough book Awakenings (made into a movie starring Robert De Niro and Robin Williams), Concetta Tomaino has done groundbreaking research on the uses of music in the neurological rehabilitation of patients living with the effects of autism, dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, as well as stroke and trauma. She is executive director of the Institute for Music and Neurological Function and a faculty member at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her work has been featured in A Matter of Dignity by Andrew Potok, The Mozart Effect by Don Campbell, Sounds of Healing by Mitchell Gaynor and Age Protectors (Rodale Press) and covered on the BBC and CBS News. She is the recipient of numerous awards, most notably the Award of Accomplishment from Music Therapists for Peace at the UN; the Touchstone Award from Women in Music, and the Zella Bronfman Butler Award for “outstanding work on behalf of individuals with physical, developmental or learning disabilities.”

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH MUSIC stands at the intersection of music, art, and the vast richness of Western culture. Entertaining, erudite, lively commentary puts the composers and their times in perspective to enrich and enlighten your concert experience.