The Mount | Edith Wharton's Home http://www.edithwharton.org The Mount is the home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, MA - the Berkshires. Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:06:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Look Who is At The Mount! http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/look-who-is-at-the-mount/ Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:52:00 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11463 Pokémon Go has taken over the world, including The Mount. After some investigation, it seems we're the site of 3 Pokemon gyms and 5 poke stops! If you have any little trainers with you, remember kids under 18 are free at The Mount every day!

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Pokémon Go has taken over the world, including The Mount. After some investigation, it seems we’re the site of 3 Pokemon gyms and 5 poke stops! Stop by and catch Pidgey and Magikarp (hint: head towards the gardens). And let us know if you find any others by tagging your pictures #PokeMount or share on our Facebook page: WhartonMountLenox.

If you have any little trainers with you, remember kids under 18 are free at The Mount every day!

 

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ReMix: A New Sculpture Exhibit Opens June 1 http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/remix-new-sculpture-show-june-october/ Fri, 27 May 2016 15:23:13 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11301 SculptureNow and The Mount are proud to present REMIX, a new exhibition featuring 28 large, outdoor sculptures. The exhibit is free with admission to The Mount and runs through October 31st.

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SculptureNow and The Mount are proud to present REMIX, a new exhibition featuring 28 large, outdoor sculptures. The exhibit is free with admission to The Mount and runs through October 31st.

A free opening celebration is planned for June 12 and includes an artist-guided tour 3:30-5:00 p.m. and a reception on the terrace of the mansion. State Senator Ben Downing will give opening remarks. Free guided tours of the exhibition are scheduled for July 10, August 14, September 11 and October 16, at 11:30 a.m.

The show includes regionally and nationally recognized artists William Breslow, Rick & Laura Brown, Jamie Calderwood, William Carlson, Matt Crane, Peter Dellert, Murray  Dewart, Anthony Garner, Lucy Hodgson, Sue Huang, Ann Jon, Conrad Levenson, Kathryn Lipke, Philip Marshall, Gary Orlinsky, Jerome Harris Parmet, Chris Plaisted, Kate Raudenbush, Laura Reinhard, Susan Ferrari Rowley, Laurie Sheridan, Fletcher Smith, Leon Smith, Robin Tost, Mark Warwick, John Wilkinson and Bernard Zubrowski.

 

 

 

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Restorations to the Historic Stable Gives The Mount a Fresh Look http://www.edithwharton.org/press/restorations-historic-stable-gives-mount-fresh-look/ Wed, 25 May 2016 20:45:41 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11260 (Lenox, MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved home in Lenox, Mass. has been undergoing structural and cosmetic repairs as part of their ongoing preservation efforts. The main focus of these repairs has been the exterior of the historic Stable, which had suffered severe deterioration. While the majority of the stucco work has been completed, a […]

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(Lenox, MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s beloved home in Lenox, Mass. has been undergoing structural and cosmetic repairs as part of their ongoing preservation efforts. The main focus of these repairs has been the exterior of the historic Stable, which had suffered severe deterioration. While the majority of the stucco work has been completed, a final coating will be applied in the fall, and will match the gleaming white of the Main House. Visitors to The Mount will greeted by a Stable restored to its previous grandeur.

The cost for this phase of restoration is approximately $600,000. The project was green-lighted thanks to private donors who were dismayed with the Stable’s exterior condition. Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner gave an initial donation last fall and pledged an additional amount if the balance of the project could be raised. The Winklers made a second generous gift in early spring so work could continue uninterrupted as The Mount waited to hear from additional funding sources. In May, The Mount received two major grants to assist in the necessary renovations. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $100,000 to The Mount from its Cultural Facility Fund. In addition, The Mount secured $150,000 from a private foundation. Monies awarded will go towards stucco restoration; repairing foundations, sills, sashes, doors and window frames; demolishing a coal bin; and installing utility upgrades. The Mount will continue to raise the remaining funds necessary to complete the work.

This project closely follows a successful campaign to retire The Mount’s $4.1 million   outstanding debt. In September 2015, The Mount announced they were debt-free thanks to the generosity of its Board of Trustees and other key donors. To date, The Mount has spent close to one million dollars on repairs and restoration work for the Stable.

“We are thankful to all our funders. The Stable is the first building visitors encounter and their first impression of The Mount,” said Susan Wissler, executive director. “Restoring its exterior enhances both our visitor experience and the historical integrity of the property.”

The Stable was designed and constructed by Hoppin & Koen in 1901-02. Architecturally, the building is a based on the stable at Belton House, an estate in Lincolnshire, England. Its original purpose was to shelter the Whartons’ horses and carriages. Before long, it was transformed into a garage for a succession of the Whartons’ motorcars. Servants and their families lived on the second floor. Today, the Stable is The Mount’s primary programming space, and is used to host lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, films, and literary panels.

For additional information and high-resolution pictures, please contact Rebecka McDougall at 413-551-5115.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 42,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

About The Massachusetts Cultural Council

The Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) is a state agency that promotes excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences to improve the quality of life for all Massachusetts residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our communities.

For more information about the MCC, visit www.massculturalcouncil.org.

 

 

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Today’s Writers are Finding Inspiration In Edith Wharton http://www.edithwharton.org/press/todays-writers-finding-inspiration-edith-wharton/ Mon, 16 May 2016 19:19:05 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11206 Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5. (Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are […]

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Authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford Discuss Wharton as a Modern Muse at The Mount on June 5.

(Lenox, MA)—On June 5th, The Mount, home of Edith Wharton in Lenox, Mass., will welcome authors Sophie McManus and Stephanie Clifford to the Berkshires to discuss their debut novels, The Unfortunates and Everybody Rise. Both novels are informed and inspired by Wharton’s 1905 novel, The House of Mirth. This program will take place on the Terrace at The Mount; tickets are $8 for Mount Members, $10 general, and are available at Edithwharton.org.

McManus and Clifford’s books are the most recent in a series of novels by young writers who have found inspiration in Wharton’s brilliant use of language. In March of 2016, The Mount hosted Yvonne Puig as a writer-in-residence. Puig’s upcoming A Wife of Noble Character is yet another adaptation Wharton’s The House of Mirth. Critique of the upper class is a common thread amongst these authors. “When working on The Unfortunates, Wharton’s ability to write about the poison of privilege, and show how it ripples outward and affects us all- that really struck me,” notes Sophie McManus.

“(Wharton) was also bold, and way ahead of her time, in writing about driven and ambitious women,” explains Stephanie Clifford. “Edith Wharton has been such an inspiration to me—I don’t think my book, or my career as a novelist, would exist without her.”

The House of Mirth is enduring, as both a tragic love story and a satire of the fashionably wealthy, “said Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount.  “I am thrilled to see contemporary authors updating Wharton’s story. Regardless of the number of retellings, Wharton’s work remains fresh and poignant every time.”

Sophie McManus is the author of The Unfortunates, which was a finalist for the 2015 Discover Award, the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle John Leonard Prize, and named a notable book by The Washington Post, Entertainment Weekly, Time, Paste, and Time Out (New York) among others. Her work has appeared in American Short FictionO MagazineTin House, and elsewhere. She teaches writing in Brooklyn, New York.

Stephanie Clifford is a Loeb-award winning journalist. As a New York Times reporter, Clifford covered courts, business and media. Everybody Rise, her first book, is a New York Times bestseller, with movie rights optioned by Fox 2000. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, she grew up in Seattle and lives in Brooklyn.

Event Details:

Inspired by Edith: A Discussion with Authors Stephanie Clifford and Sophie McManus

Sunday, June 5th, 4:00 PM

The Mount, Terrace

$8.00 for Mount Members, $10.00 for nonmembers

Visit edithwharton.org to purchase or call 413-551-5100 for more information.

About The Mount:

The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.

Each year, The Mount is host to over 40,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.

The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.

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Antiques Magazine May/June 2016 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/antiques-magazine/ Fri, 13 May 2016 15:24:51 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=11181 Antiques Magazine May/June 2016 “The Mount moves on”

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Antiques Magazine

May/June 2016

“The Mount moves on”

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Getting Ready for the 2016 Season http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/getting-ready-2016-season/ Tue, 03 May 2016 21:02:08 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10859 We are excited to launch our 2016 season! Daily tours of the house and gardens start May 14 and Ghost tours start in June. Wharton on Wednesdays, the Monday Lecture Series, Touchstones, and Music After Hours will all be back starting in July.

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We are excited to launch our 2016 season! Daily tours of the house and gardens start May 14 and Ghost tours start in June. Wharton on Wednesdays, the Monday Lecture Series, Touchstones, and Music After Hours will all be back starting in July. We have lots of new programs too, including a live taping of Slate’s Cultural Gabfest podcast on August 4th.

We are also welcoming back both SculptureNow and Shakespeare & Company. SculptureNow’s ReMix will open on June 1 with an opening reception on June 12. S&Co. will be performing Twelfth Night al fresco starting mid-July.

There are lots of exciting things happening on the grounds too! The Stable is receiving a much needed facelift, and the trim of the Main House is being repainted.

Be sure to check out our calendar of events to stay up to date on all The Mount has to offer this season.

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Celebrate the Release of “Spinster” in Paperback! http://www.edithwharton.org/news/celebrate-release-spinster-paperback/ Thu, 28 Apr 2016 18:56:49 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10663 The following post was contributed by Kate Bolick, friend of The Mount and host of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. Dear You and Yours, To celebrate the paperback release of Spinster later this month, there will be three completely different events — an on-stage literary conversation, a night of Progressive Era theatricality, and an afternoon […]

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Kate Bolick during Touchstones at The Mount.
Kate Bolick during Touchstones at The Mount.

The following post was contributed by Kate Bolick, friend of The Mount and host of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount.

Dear You and Yours,

To celebrate the paperback release of Spinster later this month, there will be three completely different events — an on-stage literary conversation, a night of Progressive Era theatricality, and an afternoon reading. You are cordially invited to one and all.

Monday, April 25
Meghan Daum & I talk Spinster
Book Court
163 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
7:00pm-8:00pm

Thursday, April 28
Spinsters on Stage
Staged readings of three one-act plays about singledom/marriage/love, written by Neith Boyce, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, read aloud (as in, these are writers, people, not professional actors) by Alex Gallafent, Alexandra Jacobs, Glenn Kenny, Troy Patterson, Sadie Stein, and Seth Colter Walls, and directed by Nikole Beckwith.
Bank Street Theater
155 Bank Street
New York, NY
8:00pm-9:00pm

Saturday, April 30
Reading & Book Signing
Firehouse Center for the Arts
Newburyport Literary Festival
Newburyport, MA
1:00pm-2:00pm

Yours truly,
Kate

Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own, a contributing editor for The Atlantic, and a freelance writer for The New York Times, Slate, and Vogue, among other publications. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino and a columnist for The Boston Globe. She has appeared on NBC’s Today show, CNN, MSNBC, and numerous NPR programs across the country. A recipient of a MacDowell fellowship, she holds a master’s in cultural criticism from New York University, where she also taught writing.

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Home Page – Today Info http://www.edithwharton.org/homepage/today-info/home-page-today-info/ Mon, 11 Apr 2016 09:03:11 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10095 TODAY: Open 10am-5pm House Tours at 10:30, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4 Garden tours at 11 & 2 Plan your visit     Calendar of Events

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TODAY:
Open 10am-5pm
House Tours at 10:30, 11, 12, 1, 2, 3, 4
Garden tours at 11 & 2

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PS Magazine 03-25-16 http://www.edithwharton.org/press-coverage/ps-magazine-03-25-16/ Fri, 25 Mar 2016 20:43:04 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10853 PS Magazine March 25, 2016 “Great Historic Homes of America”

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PS Magazine

March 25, 2016

“Great Historic Homes of America”

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Historic Items Needed for New Exhibit http://www.edithwharton.org/news/historic-items-needed/ Wed, 16 Mar 2016 20:29:25 +0000 http://www.edithwharton.org/?p=10005 The Mount’s exhibits team is excited to announce an entirely new exhibit on life in Lenox, coming in 2017 in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town! In the meantime, we’re looking for historic items, ranging from 1890-1915, to make this exhibit come to life. We’re currently searching for: *Sporting items & leisure items […]

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The Mount’s exhibits team is excited to announce an entirely new exhibit on life in Lenox, coming in 2017 in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the town! In the meantime, we’re looking for historic items, ranging from 1890-1915, to make this exhibit come to life.

We’re currently searching for:

*Sporting items & leisure items including:

     -Cricket

     -Baseball

     -Equestrian

     -Croquet

     -Winter Sports

*Gardening tools and catalogues

*Automobile-related items (goggles, etc.)

*Dog-related items (collars, etc.)

*Bedroom items, including:

     -Writing board

     -Telephone, circa 1905

If you have any of the above items that you would like to donate to The Mount for exhibits, please e-mail info@edithwharton.org. Recent exhibits, including the kitchen (2014) and the sewing room (2015), have been furnished and stocked largely due to the generosity of Mount friends and supporters.

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