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

Puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to charm all ages with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery in bringing to life (almost) this classic fairy tale. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over children’s holiday refreshments.  Carl has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 charming Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall, and two marionette theatres that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes. Tickets: $15 adults, $7 children 4 -17, 3 and under free. Reservations strongly recommended as seating is limited. Call us at (413) 637-3206 for reservations.

Dec
30
Sun
Marionette Show – “Little Red Riding Hood”
Dec 30 @ 3:00 pm

Puppeteer Carl Sprague returns to charm all ages with his “behind-the-scenery” mastery in bringing to life (almost) this classic fairy tale. The audiences will have the opportunity to meet this wizard, who knows how to pull strings, over children’s holiday refreshments.  Carl has been a puppeteer since childhood.  He inherited a collection of 60 charming Czech marionettes, each about eight inches tall, and two marionette theatres that were assembled by his great-grandfather, Julius Hybler, with purchased heads and hand-made costumes. Tickets: $15 adults, $7 children 4 -17, 3 and under free. Reservations strongly recommended as seating is limited. 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
RESCHEDULED TO NEW DATE – 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.