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Sep
25
Tue
Weekly Birding at The Mount @ The Mount
Sep 25 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Photo by Andrea Minnoff

 

Space is limited. Registration is required.

Please note that our bird walks are not suitable for wheelchairs and includes steep and uneven terrain.

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 leave from The Mount’s Stable promptly at 8:00 am. Pre-registration is required and tours are limited to 20.

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.

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.

Both tours welcome experienced birders and those new to the hobby, and offer views of the Main House.

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.

Sep
27
Thu
Berkshire Playwrights Lab Presents! @ The Stable at The Mount
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Berkshire Playwrights Lab and The Mount present an evening of staged readings. The evening will begin with Kate Spain by Edith Wharton. Inspired by the sensational story of Lizzie Borden, Edith Wharton began work on Kate Spain in 1935, but she finished only the first act. The play picks up just hours after Kate has been acquitted of the murder of her father and portrays a woman desperate to escape her notorious reputation in the provincial 1890’s of upstate New York.

The second reading of the night will be Lady Randy by Anne Undeland. Lady Randyrelays the story of Jennie Jerome, the daughter of a wealthy New York family who married Lord Randolph Churchill. They would become the parents of Winston Churchill, the future British Prime Minister. In 1875, Lady Randolph Churchill seemed to have it all.  She had just married into the British aristocracy. She was beautiful, rich, fearless. What could go wrong?  Lady Randy takes a look at this woman as she navigates the often treacherous sexual and political landscape of her marriage.

The evening will conclude with a wine and cheese reception and talk-back. Actors to be announced.

Eventbrite - Berkshire Playwrights Lab and The Mount Present

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. 

Westland Distillery, Seattle, WA Whiskey Seminar @ Chez Nous
Sep 27 @ 6:00 pm – 8:37 pm

More info coming!  contact Sean Tucker at Spirited if you’re interested!Westland_Tasting_Wheel_PR

Sep
28
Fri
Two Perspectives Opening Reception @ Good Purpose Gallery
Sep 28 @ 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Two Perspectives

Lee, MA – Good Purpose Gallery is thrilled to present Two Perspectives, a colorful collaboration between two artists with differing styles that hold a striking synergy together. Patricia Hogan’s watercolors reflects her respect and love for nature, the Berkshires and New England. Marcelene I. Mosca’s paintings express abstraction of light and color, seeking to explore poetic themes through art. The exhibition runs from Wednesday, September 12th through Monday, November 13th. We hope you’ll join us in the gallery on Friday, September 28th from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for a much-anticipated opening reception and an opportunity to mingle with Marge and Karen and hear about their art processes and passions.

Pat Hogan earned her BS in Art Education from Pennsylvania State University. She has taught art in public schools and privately in Pennsylvania, North Virginia and Massachusetts. Her classes and presentations have been offered throughout Berkshire County at various venues including Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Botanical Garden, Naumkaeg, Bartholomew’s Cobble, and the Housatonic Valley Art League.  Hogan also serves as an invited juror for competitive art shows. Her new work includes watercolor portraits, abstract mixed media, and encaustic paintings. Her paintings are in private collections in England, Sweden, and throughout the United States.

Marcelene I. Mosca has been a full-time painter since 2006 when she retired as an English teacher with a specialty in Poetry and the Arts at the High School of Art and Design in New York City. After taking every course offered at The Art Students League of New York in anatomy, portraiture, and sculpture she found her voice and passion in abstract art and studied with instructors who were especially influenced by artist, Hans Hoffman. She has exhibited extensively at the Art Students League of New York and in the Berkshires with The Guild of Berkshire Artists. Her work allows poetry to inhabit her paintings and the process involves layers of oil and venetian plaster. She has her studio and gallery in Lenox, Ma where she and her husband share their time with their New York City residence.

The Gallery is honored to host this extraordinary exhibit of two well-known and well-loved local artists.

We look forward to seeing you and enjoying this exhibit together!

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 28 @ 5:45 pm – 7:45 pm

Friday Night Fright

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.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Friday Night Fright

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.

Sep
29
Sat
Early Closing Day @ The Mount
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

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

  • Saturday, 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.

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!

TAG SALE TAG SALE TAG SALE!!
Sep 29 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

TAG SALE TAG SALE TAG SALE!!
Saturday, September 29th from 10 am to 3 pm
Come to our giant one-day Tag Sale, organized and donated solely by members of the program committee, volunteers and board of directors of Ventfort Hall. What could be more appropriate than a one-day tag sale of cast-offs that could become valued treasures for you, you and you! “Rich the treasure, Sweet the pleasure” John Dryden (1631 – 1700).  Only at historic Ventfort Hall — the Berkshires other sweet pleasure!

Oct
1
Mon
True Conversations with Paula McLain @ The Stable at The Mount
Oct 1 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Paula McLain

Join us for an engaging conversation as Heidi Pitlor, editor of The Best American Short Stories, delves deep into the writing life of Paula McLain, New York Times bestselling author of Love and Ruin and The Paris Wife. Asking questions not typically asked of female writers, Pitlor will get to the core of what it means to be a fiction author today. This will not be your standard book talk!

This event is proudly sponsored by Canyon Ranch Lenox.

 

Paula McLain is the author of The Paris Wife and Circling the Sun, both New York Times and international bestsellers. The recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Ohio Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts, she is also the author of two collections of poetry; a memoir, Like Family, Growing up in Other People’s Houses; and a first novel, A Ticket to Ride. She lives with her family in Cleveland.

Heidi Pitlor

Heidi Pitlor is the author of the novels The Birthdays and The Daylight Marriage. A former senior editor at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, she has been the series editor of The Best American Short Stories since 2007. Her writing has been published in Ploughshares, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Huffington Post, It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art, Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, and elsewhere. She currently teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Regis University in Denver. She lives with her twin daughter and son and her husband outside Boston and is currently working on her third novel.

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. 

Oct
5
Fri
Nejaime’s Wine Cellars Present G.D. Vajra Wine Tasting Event
Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm

“Vajra is one of Piedmont’s best kept secrets…enter a word of sublime, hand-crafted, artisan wines of the very highest level.” – The Wine Advoate, A. Galloni, #185, Oct. 2009

Tasting with Kevin Natoli, US Representative of G.D. Vajra Wines!

Cost to attend the wine tasting is $35. Optional 4:30 pm tour of Ventfort Hall can be added for an additional $15 per person. Please call Nejaime’s Wine Cellars for reservation at (413) 637-2221.