Dec
15
Sat
Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Twas the Night of the Murder” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
Dec 15 @ 5:00 pm

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion for an encore performance of their holiday program and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, December 15th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

The town is celebrating the 150th year of the Holiday Festival in Garland Florida. The regular reader of the holiday stories has somehow come down with a terrible case of laryngitis. A stranger in town, Sam T, has been drafted to do the reading, but someone with no holiday spirit feels very let down and closes the chapter on Sam. Was it Holly Berry? The organizer extraordinaire requires perfection in everything she manages? Was it Barry Dingle, the hen pecked husband? He is dragged along to the event every year, because he wants a year off to travel up north and see snow for Christmas. Could it have been Mary Berry-Dingle? She is the rebellious step daughter that hates all things happy. Then, there is also Ted N. Baum. He is the town historian and owns Bah Hamburg, the local burger joint. He hates the holiday season because he has to close for a week every year while the festival runs its course. Come and see if you can find 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 $40 per person including a full course dinner. A cash bar is available for beer and wine. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Dec. 12th. Seating is limited.  For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Dec
16
Sun
Children’s Tree Decorating and Ornament Crafting
Dec 16 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Children of all ages and their families are welcomed to Ventfort Hall on Sunday, December 16 from 1pm-3pm 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
24
Mon
Ventfort Hall is closed Christmas Eve.
Dec 24 all-day

We are closed Christmas Eve.

Dec
25
Tue
Ventfort Hall is closed Christmas Day.
Dec 25 all-day

We are closed Christmas Day.

Dec
29
Sat
Marionette Show – “Little Red Riding Hood”
Dec 29 @ 3:00 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 “Little Red Riding Hood” for two Christmas-week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Saturday, December 29th and Sunday, December 30th both at 3:00 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Punch and cookies 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.

Dec
30
Sun
Marionette Show – “Little Red Riding Hood”
Dec 30 @ 3:00 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 “Little Red Riding Hood” for two Christmas-week marionette performances.  The dates and times are Saturday, December 29th and Sunday, December 30th both at 3:00 pm. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings. Punch and cookies 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.

Jan
1
Tue
Ventfort Hall is closed New Year’s Day.
Jan 1 all-day

We are closed New Year’s Day.

Jan
12
Sat
Tea & Talk – “Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting in New England”
Jan 12 @ 3:30 pm

Dennis Picard, who has been demonstrating the ice harvesting trade for more than twenty years at museums and environmental education centers, will present a Tea & Talk on ice harvesting and the natural ice industry in New England. His presentation will be followed by a Victorian tea.

The commercial harvesting of ice from New England’s ponds and lakes for export began in the first decade of the 19th century.  By the end of that century ice harvesting was the 9th largest industry in the United States employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually.

Picard is a frequent speaker on the ice industry for libraries, museums and universities. He will display some of his antique tools of that trade including several invented in Massachusetts.  He will share the interesting tale of this once massive enterprise that is now fading from our collective memory.  Picard also invites and guides would-be ice harvesters to try their hand at working with some of his antique implements, including a “pond saw” and the breaker bar.

Cost to attend is $26 with an advance reservation and for members and $32 the day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.

Jan
19
Sat
CANCELLED – Murder Mystery Dinner Theater – “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.
Jan 19 @ 5:00 pm

CANCELLED DUE TO PREDICTED SNOW & ICE STORM

The Comical Mystery Tour ensemble returns to the mansion with a new program and invites the public to join the fun on Saturday, January 19th. Doors open at 5:00 pm. Program starts and first course served at 5:30 pm.

Mrs. Kite has something people really want; a lost manuscript supposedly written by the Beatles that no one has ever seen before. One of her guests decides to eliminate the chance of competition by taking Kite out. Was it the rich mama’s boy, Desmond Dakota, or his not so bright girlfriend, Sadie? It couldn’t have been the arrogant museum collector Albert Lane, or could it? Maybe it was the Beatle’s fanatic Eleanor Rigby? Yes, that is her real name. She had it legally changed because of her love of the Beatles. Come along and help figure out who cut the middle person out of the bidding war.

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, Jan. 16th. Seating is limited.  For information or reservations call us at 413-637-3206.

Feb
1
Fri
Nejaime’s Wine Tasting
Feb 1 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Discover the wines of Oregon & Washington State with King Estate Winery, the largest Biodynamic vineyard in North America with Jeff Brooks of King Estate Winery.

Cost is $35 per person. For an extra $15 enjoy a private guided tour of Ventfort Hall starting at 4:30 p.m. For reservations call Nejaime’s at 413-637-2221

King Estate Winery, family owned and family farmed since its founding in 1991, is located in Eugene, Oregon, at the southern tip of Willamette Valley. At 1,033 acres, King Estate is the largest Demeter USA-certified Biodynamic® vineyard in the country. One of Oregon’s leading and iconic wineries, King Estate earned its international reputation with its exceptional King Estate Willamette Valley Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. In 2006 it introduced wines from the inland growing regions of Oregon and Washington under its North by Northwest label. King Estate was founded on the bedrock principles of family, stewardship and tradition. With a third generation of the King family active in the business, King Estate remains family owned and farmed, dedicated to the highest standards in winemaking.

*Jeff Brooks joined the King Estate Winery as Northeast Regional Manager in 2014. Brooks has had an extensive career in the wine and spirits industry in key account sales, market and distributor management, national accounts, international sales, and executive management. Jeff began his career in Washington, D.C. as a distributor wine consultant before joining Schieffelin & Co. in the Mid-Atlantic States. Additional sales positions in Metro New York and National Accounts followed. Brooks joined Kobrand Corporation in New England and was promoted to several management positions and became a member of the Executive Team in 2007. Most recently he served as Vice President, Northeast/Canada Group Manager for Kobrand. Jeff and his family reside in Sturbridge, MA.