Jun
19
Wed
Wednesday Ghost Tours @ The Mount
Jun 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

The 2-hour ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. This tour includes a half-mile walk with steep areas that are not accessible for those with limited mobility.

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and 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 on a specific date, please email info@edithwharton.org to be added to the wait list.

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

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 in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Pastor.

Jun
22
Sat
Early Closing Days @ The Mount
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Mount house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for special events on the following days:

          Saturday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

          Saturday, August 31

          Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28

          Saturday, October 5

Please note: The Café will also be closed on these dates.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.  If visiting on any of these dates, please take advantage of our 7-day pass to visit us again, free, within a week’s time!

Thank you for your understanding. These special events help us in our ongoing quest for sustainability and provide all of our guests with the unparalleled beauty and enlightenment of The Mount!

Jun
23
Sun
Backstairs Tours @ The Mount
Jun 23 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
photograph by Christina Lane; courtesy of Berkshire Magazine.

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 September 1, September 29, October 6, and October 13.

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.

 

Jun
25
Tue
Weekly Birding at The Mount @ The Mount
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Learn the skills for birding by sight and song as we look for numerous bird species, including bobolinks, bald eagles, vireos, and wood warblers.

We offer two different tours, a moderate tour and an intermediate tour. Please see descriptions below to know which tour is appropriate for you. Both tours welcome experienced birders and those new to the hobby and offer views of the Main House. All tours leave from The Mount’s Stable promptly at 8:00 am. Pre-registration is required, tours are limited to 20. To register click HERE or go to www.massaudubon.org/programs.

  • Moderate – This is a leisurely-paced walk leaving from the historic Stable through the woodlands and marsh.
  • Intermediate – This is a vigorously-paced walk through rocky and uneven terrain down to Edith Wharton Park and Laurel Lake. We walk back to the Stable through woodlands and marshes.

Binoculars and bird books will be provided by Mass Audubon but feel free to bring your own. Proper hiking attire and footwear, bug spray, and water bottles are highly recommended. Please note that our bird walks are not suitable for wheelchairs and includes steep and uneven terrain.

There will be no tours on August 6, August, 13, and August 20.

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.

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 Tragic Story of the Majestic Normandie Ocean Liner”
Jun 25 @ 4:00 pm

Author Richard René Silvin returns to the mansion to present a Tea & Talk on the subject of his latest book, Normandie, the Tragic Story of the Most Majestic Ocean Liner. He will make his visual presentation on Tuesday, June 25 at 4:00 pm.  Following will be a Victorian tea during which the speaker will autograph copies of his book.

His father was French and his mother was American. With lasting memories of crossing the Atlantic as a child accompanying his parents on such splendid ocean liners as Ile de France, the Queen Elizabeth and even the last completed crossing of the Andrea Doria, Silvin focuses on the French Line’s most glorious and glamorous flagship that first set sail from Le Havre on May 29, 1935.  Normandie died an inglorious death by fire at a New York dock on the Hudson River on February 10, 1942, two months after Pearl Harbor and with war ravaging in Europe.

Silvin introduces us to his book by stating, “The story of Normandie’s demise affected me deeply as a young child. I read as much as I could about her life and death. I studied her deck plans and craved hearing anyone’s stories about their crossing aboard her…I used to boast that, even though I had never set foot on Normandie, I could give tours of all her astonishing public rooms and many of her private suites.”

Silvin, who resides in Palm Beach, Florida, maintains a particularly active interest in historic preservation as vice-chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission.  He is the author of Noblesse Oblige, the Duchess of Windsor as I Knew Her, the subject of his lecture at Ventfort Hall last year.  He is also the author of I Survived Swiss Boarding Schools: An Arc to Triumph and Villa Mizner: The House That Changed Palm Beach.

The summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Cost to attend the Silvin talk are $28 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.

Jun
26
Wed
Summer 2019 Preview: The Clark at the Mount – Member Exclusive Event! @ The Stable at The Mount
Jun 26 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Image credit: Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Bather Arranging Her Hair

SOLD OUT – Back by popular demand, Clark and Mount members are invited to Edith Wharton’s home for a special conversation and reception with Clark curator Esther Bell.

Join Robert and Martha Berman Lipp Chief Curator, Esther Bell, for a lecture highlighting the exhibition Renoir: The Body, The Senses. Though like many painters of his generation, Renoir was interested in capturing the bustling scenes of modern day Paris, Renoir repeatedly returned to the subject of the body—and particularly the nude body—even during the height of his Impressionist phase. As Émile Zola wrote in 1876: “Renoir is a painter who specializes in the human figure. One could call him a Rubens illuminated by Velázquez’s brilliant sunlight.” Bell will consider Renoir’s critical reception then and now.

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. 

 

Wednesday Ghost Tours @ The Mount
Jun 26 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

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.

The 2-hour ghost tour starts at the Stable and ends at the Main House. Please arrive 15 minutes early. This tour includes a half-mile walk with steep areas that are not accessible for those with limited mobility.

Please wear weather-appropriate clothing and 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 on a specific date, please email info@edithwharton.org to be added to the wait list.

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

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 in this event. Caregivers are admitted free-of-charge.

Photo courtesy of Nancy Pastor.

Jun
28
Fri
Free Fun Friday @ The Mount
Jun 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

The Mount opens its doors as part of the 11th 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 are planned throughout the day.

Please note: There will be no tours on Friday, June 28.  Instead, our guides will be giving hourly talks in the Forecourt.

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

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.

Jun
29
Sat
Early Closing Days @ The Mount
Jun 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

The Mount house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for special events on the following days:

          Saturday, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

          Saturday, August 31

          Saturday, September 7, 14, 21, and 28

          Saturday, October 5

Please note: The Café will also be closed on these dates.

We regret any inconvenience that this may cause.  If visiting on any of these dates, please take advantage of our 7-day pass to visit us again, free, within a week’s time!

Thank you for your understanding. These special events help us in our ongoing quest for sustainability and provide all of our guests with the unparalleled beauty and enlightenment of The Mount!

Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Murder Maiden China,” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm
Jun 29 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with a new program, “Murder Maiden China,” and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, June 29th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

Gertrude Ingrid Josephine Mattel, a.k.a. GI Jo, is running the Maiden China toy company since her father’s passing. He was well loved, but she is more of a dictator and has made some enemies. Actually, she doesn’t have many, if any friends, including her hen pecked husband, Lou Zerr. Her assistant, C. Alice Knightly, is more like a slave. Goldie Digger, Lou’s “secretary,” has no good feelings towards her, she thinks, well maybe she doesn’t, what were we talking about? Charlie Brown III is the delivery guy for “This Side UP” package service. She calls him names every time he makes a delivery. Someone gets sick of it and GI Joe ends up in permanent retirement. Come along for the ride and help figure who offed Joe.

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 $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Wednesday, June 26th. Seating is limited.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.