Aug
24
Sat
Music After Hours with Jon Suters and Charlie Tokarz Quartet @ The Terrace at The Mount
Aug 24 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. Celebrate the summer season with delicious food and drinks from the Terrace Café and Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, available for purchase. To see the menu for Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, click here.

PLEASE NOTE: PARKING AT THE MAIN HOUSE WILL BE LIMITED TO HANDICAPPED PARKING ONLY. 

SEATING IS LIMITED, PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN LAWN CHAIRS.  

No outside food and drink, please.

Jon Suters was born into a musical family in Long Island, NY and began studying violin at age 9, piano at 10, and double bass at 11. At age 12, Jon started to teach himself guitar and became so enamoured of the instrument and repertoire, that he started guitar lessons with classical guitarists Ed Flower and later Richard Provost. Jon continued his guitar studies as an adult with Ben Verdery, with whom he studied from 2003-2005. Jon began giving guitar and bass lessons while still in high school and has had a strong roster of private students ever since. He is a part-time music teacher at Berkshire Country Day School in Stockbridge, MA and has taught at Simon’s Rock, Pittsfield Music School, Austen Riggs Center, and Flying Cloud Institute. Jon’s work as a professional bassist and guitarist includes many and varied clubs, concerts, and events across the States and Canada. Major artists include: Charles Neville, Paul Halley, Dr. John, Eugene Friesen, Sonya Kitchell, Jimmy Buffett, Sara McLaughlin, and James Taylor. Jon continues to perform regularly throughout the region and beyond, including at The Edith Wharton Mount in Lenox, MA where he helped curate The Mount’s “Music After Hours” summer concert series.

Charlie Tokarz is a multi-talented horn player and one of the only musicians who plays two saxes at the same time with multi-layered electric effects. He has performed with jazz masters Pharoah Sanders, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, and Larry Coryell. He has appeared at the White House, Today Show, 92nd Street Y, MASS MOCA, Merce Cunningham Studios, Club Helsinki, as well as recorded music for HBO. He has performed regularly with master drummer Bob Weiner at Earthdance and Kripalu Yoga Center. He has also recorded and performed with the group Shakti Fusion in New York and the Caribbean. When not working with vyZ, Charlie teaches at the Hotchkiss School in CT and the Steiner School in Great Barrington, MA

WHAT TO EXPECT: We’ve implemented a few small changes this year with the goal of improving everyone’s comfort, safety and overall experience.  To learn more, check out our new Music After Hours FAQ page.

PLEASE NOTE: PARKING AT THE MAIN HOUSE WILL BE LIMITED TO HANDICAPPED (with placard) PARKING ONLY. 

Golf carts will be available to assist with transportation between the parking lot and Main House.

2019 Music After Hours Lineup:

Friday, July 5                     The Wanda Houston Band
Saturday, July 6                The Benny Sharoni Trio
Friday, July 12                   Andy Wrba/Berkshire Jazz Collective
Saturday, July 13               The Bob Meyer Project
Friday, July 19                   The Joe Belmont Experience
Saturday, July 20             Jon Suters and Charlie Tokarz Quartet
Friday, July 26                  Paul Green Quartet
Saturday, July 27              Armen Donelian Trio
Friday, August 2                Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis Group
Saturday, August 3            Jeanne Laurin and John Sauer Quartet
Friday, August 9                Afro-Semitic Experience
Saturday, August 10         The Benny Sharoni Quartet
Friday, August 16              Elizabeth Kasius and Heard
Saturday, August 17          Natalia Bernal and Jason Ennis Group
Friday, August 23              The Wanda Houston Band
Saturday, August 24         Jon Suters and Charlie Tokarz Quartet

Music After Hours is proudly sponsored by Greylock Federal Credit Union.

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

Aug
25
Sun
Backstairs Tours @ The Mount
Aug 25 @ 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.

 

Aug
26
Mon
The World According to Fannie Davis @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, by Bridgett M. Davis. In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee borrowed $100 from her brother to run a Numbers racket out of her tattered apartment on Delaware Street, in one of Detroit’s worst sections. That woman was Fannie Davis, author Bridgett M. Davis’ mother. A daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time.

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.

 

Bridgett Davis is a novelist, essayist, teacher, filmmaker and curator. Her memoir The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers is her first nonfiction book. She is also the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow (2014) and Shifting Through Neutral (2005), shortlisted for the Zora Neale Hurston/Wright Award. She is writer/director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts, which screened at a host of festivals in the US, Europe, and Africa before having its theatrical and DVD release in 1998. Indiana University’s Black Film Center recently honored Davis on the 20th anniversary of the film’s production. The film is now part of the Black Film Archive’s permanent collection. Davis is a Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches Creative Writing, Film and Narrative Writing, and is Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. She also facilitates writing workshops for junior faculty of color and women seeking to complete and publish their creative works. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Millions, Salon, Real Simple, TheRoot.com, and O, The Oprah Magazine. 

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.

2019 SUMMER LECTURE SERIES TICKETS

 

Aug
27
Tue
Weekly Birding at The Mount @ The Mount
Aug 27 @ 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.

 

 

Outdoor Yoga @ The Mount
Aug 27 @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

 

Join Sue Parsley from Lenox Yoga for an outdoor yoga practice that will engulf you in the beauty and harmony of the gardens at The Mount. This pairing truly gives you the best of the Berkshires in so many respects.  Join us as we guide you through an all level yoga class that will awaken your senses and touch your soul. Please bring your own mat and water.

A $10 donation is suggested.

2019 Library Conversations — Morning Sessions @ The Library at The Mount
Aug 27 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Come inside Wharton’s elegant library for lively conversation in a truly intimate setting surrounded by her expansive collection.  Each session will explore a topic related to Wharton’s intense intellectual curiosity, from her fascination with science to her love of poetry. Become inspired by the books and topics that exhilarated Wharton!

Space is limited and registration is required.

  • July 2: Wharton’s Men
  • July 30: Music & Poetry
  • August 27: Wharton’s Women
  • September 24: Science & Spirits
  • October 29: Science & Spirits: The Halloween Edition

If mornings are not convenient, we also offer our popular Library Conversations in the late afternoons. To view the afternoon schedule, click 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.

 

The World According to Fannie Davis @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 27 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

The World According to Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life in the Detroit Numbers, by Bridgett M. Davis. In 1958, the very same year that an unknown songwriter named Berry Gordy borrowed $800 to found Motown Records, a pretty young mother from Nashville, Tennessee borrowed $100 from her brother to run a Numbers racket out of her tattered apartment on Delaware Street, in one of Detroit’s worst sections. That woman was Fannie Davis, author Bridgett M. Davis’ mother. A daughter’s moving homage to an extraordinary parent, The World According to Fannie Davis is also the suspenseful, unforgettable story about the lengths to which a mother will go to “make a way out of no way” to provide a prosperous life for her family — and how those sacrifices resonate over time.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by light refreshments and book signing. The doors will open at 10:15 a.m.

Bridgett Davis is a novelist, essayist, teacher, filmmaker and curator. Her memoir The World According To Fannie Davis: My Mother’s Life In The Detroit Numbers is her first nonfiction book. She is also the author of two novels, Into the Go-Slow (2014) and Shifting Through Neutral (2005), shortlisted for the Zora Neale Hurston/Wright Award. She is writer/director of the award-winning feature film Naked Acts, which screened at a host of festivals in the US, Europe, and Africa before having its theatrical and DVD release in 1998. Indiana University’s Black Film Center recently honored Davis on the 20th anniversary of the film’s production. The film is now part of the Black Film Archive’s permanent collection. Davis is a Professor of Journalism and the Writing Professions at Baruch College, CUNY, where she teaches Creative Writing, Film and Narrative Writing, and is Director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program. She also facilitates writing workshops for junior faculty of color and women seeking to complete and publish their creative works. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Millions, Salon, Real Simple, TheRoot.com, and O, The Oprah Magazine. 

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.

2019 SUMMER LECTURE SERIES TICKETS

 

Tea & Talk – “New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal”
Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm

Prof. Daniel Czitrom latest book New York Exposed: The Gilded Age Police Scandal That Launched the Progressive Movement reveals several key themes that resonate today.  He will uncover them during his talk here at the mansion and autograph copies of his book during an accompanying Victorian tea.

Czitrom will open with the explosive charges leveled against the New York Police Department and Tammany Hall by the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Parkhurst in 1892.  Two years later, Parkhurst’s crusade forced the first sensational political investigation of the modern era and kick-started the Progressive movement.

Established by the New York State Senate, the Lexow Committee heard testimony from nearly 700 witnesses, representing all walks of New York life. It revealed in shocking and unprecedented detail how the police force managed New York’s lucrative vice economy, extorted payoffs from respectable businesses and enjoyed immunity from charges of police brutality.

The narrative unfolds amidst the larger contexts of machine politics, national elections, the depression of 1893, vote fraud and vote suppression, and police violence. The effort to root out corrupt cops and crooked politicians morphed into something much more profound: a public reckoning, messy and contentious, over what New York—and the American city—had become since the Civil War. The speaker will dig into the research challenges that he faced in conceiving and writing his book.

Czitrom is Professor of History on the Ford Foundation at Mount Holyoke College, with special interest in the history of New York City and 20th century America. He is also the author of Rediscovering Jacob Riis: Exposure Journalism and Photography in Turn of the Century New York (2008); Media and the American Mind: From Morse to McLuhan (1982); and co-author of Out of Many: A History of the American People (9th ed., 2019), a best-selling college survey textbook.

He served as Historical Advisor for the BBC America historical drama Copper (2011-13) set in Civil War era New York. And he has appeared as a featured on-camera commentator in numerous documentary film projects, including Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People (PBS/American Masters, 2019); The Rise and Fall of Penn Station (PBS, 2014); New York: A Documentary Film (PBS, 1999); American Photography: A Century of Images (PBS, 1999).   Since 2009 he has been a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians.

The Summer 2019 series of fourteen Tea & Talks presented every Tuesday until September 10 are sponsored by Ventfort Hall board member Lucille Landa and William Landa.

Tickets for the Czitrom 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.

Aug
28
Wed
Wharton and Cather Short Stories @ The Terrace at The Mount
Aug 28 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Due to this afternoon’s forecast and likelihood of continued inclement weather we have relocated today’s reading of “A Gold Slipper” to the Stable. Please note: no food or beverage will be available for purchase. If you have any questions please call 413-551-5100 or email: info@edithwharton.org. Thank You.

Professional actors bring classic short stories to life!

Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to professional actors read short stories written by Edith Wharton and Willa Cather.

Both Wharton and Cather were prolific short story writers in addition to well-loved novelists. Their contemporaneous and parallel explorations reveal a shared importance of literary and geographic place. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase.

The readings begin shortly after 5 pm on the Terrace.

Schedule:

August 21st – “A Gold Slipper” by Willa Cather
August 28th – “Roman Fever” by Edith Wharton

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.

Wednesday Ghost Tours @ The Mount
Aug 28 @ 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.