Programs and Events

Music, performances, art, storytelling…

The Mount is both a historic site and a cultural destination. Our programming reflects Wharton’s love of culture and the arts.  Year-round programming includes live storytelling events, workshops, theater, music, an outdoor sculpture exhibition, and the popular Monday Lecture series.

Click here for a calendar of upcoming events. From May-October, we also offer guided tours of the house and gardens as well as Ghost tours and our new Backstairs tours.

For more information about events and tours, call 413-551-5100 or email info@edithwharton.org.

  Click here for listings and tickets on Eventbrite

Feb
14
Sun
Stories She Loved: Jane Eyre @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Feb 14 @ 3:00 pm – 5:15 pm

Stories She Loved: Tales from the Pages of Edith Wharton’s Library

PLEASE NOTE: The film for Sunday, February 14 (Jane Eyre) has been cancelled due to inclement weather. Please contact us at info@edithwharton.org or 413-551-5100 with any questions.

Join us for a Sunday film series inspired by the books in Edith Wharton’s personal collection. Before each screening, The Mount’s staff will give a brief talk on the connection between Wharton and the movie to be shown. Wharton’s copy from her library at The Mount will be on display.

We end our series with this classic story by Charlotte Brontë. As an orphaned child, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska) is first cruelly abused by her aunt, then cast out and sent to a charity school. She eventually takes a job as a governess at the estate of Edward Rochester (Michael Fassbender). What will become of Jane and her beloved Rochester once she learns the terrible secret he has been hiding?

Mar
14
Mon
Writers in The House @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Mar 14 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Discussion led by The Mount’s 2016 Writers-in-Residence, Claire McMillan, Yvonne Puig, and Koren Zailckas

“To write in the home which Edith Wharton built from her heart, where she wrote The House of Mirth, the book on which I based my novel, is quite literally a dream come true.” -2016 Edith Wharton Writer-in-Residence Yvonne Puig

The 2016 Edith Wharton Writers-in-Residence – Claire McMillan, author of Gilded Age; Yvonne Puig, author of the upcoming A Wife of Noble Character; and Koren Zailckas, author of Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood – will discuss their books, their careers, and their experiences writing in the house where Edith Wharton penned many of her most popular works. They will also touch on how Edith Wharton’s literary legacy has shaped and inspired their own works, and how she continues to influence female writers in the 21st century.

This panel discussion will include a question and answer session. Authors will be available to sign books after the program.

Claire McMillan is a novelist and essayist, most recently of Gilded Age, which was published by Simon and Schuster in 2012. She practiced law in San Francisco for six years before moving to Cleveland in 2003 with her husband, Sandy, and their two children.

Yvonne Georgina Puig teaches at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Her first novel, A Wife of Noble Character, a modern retelling of Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth, is forthcoming from Henry Holt in 2016.

Koren Zailckas is a bestselling author of memoir and fiction. Her work Smashed spent twenty weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and was hailed as “one of the best accounts of addiction,…the college experience…and what it means to be an average teenage girl in America.”

For questions about The Mount’s Writers-in-Residence, please e-mail info@edithwharton.org.  For questions about The Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, please e-mail info@berkshirewomenwriters.org.

 


Claire McMillan

Claire McMillan

Yvonne Puig

Yvonne Puig

Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas

 

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Apr
3
Sun
First Steps Into Storytelling: A Workshop with Speak Up producer and Moth storyteller Matthew Dicks @ The Mount
Apr 3 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks

First Steps Into Storytelling: A Workshop with Speak Up producer and Moth storyteller Matthew Dicks

Speak Up co-founder and 20-time Moth StorySLAM champion and three time GrandSLAM champion Matthew Dicks returns to The Mount in April to teach a day-long intensive workshop on the art of storytelling. This is a workshop designed for people with little or no previous storytelling experience and seeks to meet the goals of a wide range of participants.

While many of our workshop graduates have gone on to tell stories on stage for Speak Up, The Moth, and other storytelling organizations, most students take this beginner-level workshop with no desire to ever take the stage. People want to learn about storytelling for personal and professional development, to meet new people, to improve communication skills, to improve dating success, to develop their writing ability, to challenge themselves, to finally get the attention of grandchildren and colleagues, and to try something new.

Included in this workshop will be:

  • Methods for generating ideas for stories from your life experiences (you have more stories than you realize!)
  • Games designed to generate new story ideas, develop the ability to speak extemporaneously, and apply the skills taught in the class
  • Structuring an effective story
  • The cinema of story
  • Development of humor
  • Development of suspense
  • Onstage performance techniques
  • The 16 Most Important Rules of Storytelling

Praise for Matthew Dicks and Speak Up workshops:

“Your workshop made me think, laugh and cry… sometimes all at once. The tools you provided are easy to implement and I already have two stories in draft form and an idea for a third. You’re right, it’s all about developing a storytelling lens.” -Kerrigan West

“Matt’s naturally comfortable manner in teaching making it easy to learn. He has an innate gift to teach and intuitively read people. That being said , his life is an unending stream of stories connecting us all, tapping into every human emotion. Matt is real. I walked away with a bucket full of nuggets. Today I will do my homework and write two sentences that capture the day. I know Matt will be honest when I need help.” -Audrey Carlson

“If you are looking for a master class on storytelling, this is the one you shouldn’t miss! Award-winning Matt Dicks breaks down the craft into critical skills that will move your storytelling forward! My storytelling will never be the same.” -Thomas Green

“As a professional writer I wasn’t sure how much I’d get from the course. I’m happy to say that it exceeded all my expectations. Matt is engaging, hilarious, and entirely correct in his proclamation that he is the consummate expert when it comes to storytelling.” -Jane Beup

Apr
17
Sun
Tellers of Tales: Traditional and Contemporary Storytelling @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Apr 17 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Two master storytellers, Matthew Dicks and Tom Lee, demonstrate the legacy of oral storytelling by juxtaposing traditional folk tales with modern stories of everyday life.

Using their two different styles, the tellers will touch on the themes “In the Beginning,” and “Crime and Punishment,” showcasing the unique ways storytelling has changed over time.

Matthew Dicks first started telling stories in 2011 and has won 20 Moth StorySLAMs as well as 3 Moth GrandSLAM championships. Matt is also the co-founder of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization, producing shows throughout New England.

Tom Lee has been telling traditional stories for nearly thirty years, and has performed at the Edinburgh Festival and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Tom also participated in the 2015 Teller-in-Residence series at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee.

Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks

Tom Lee

Tom Lee

May
12
Thu
Everything Old is New Again (Ask my plastic surgeon) @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sally-JaneSally-Jane Heit is mounting her own primary at The Mount.

In the glorious setting of Edith Wharton’s Drawing Room, she will prove that Everything Old is New Again (ask her plastic surgeon).

A few centuries back, her great friend Voltaire (a great dancer) said, “History doesn’t repeat itself.  People do.”

Through her own cast of characters – single and married, old and young, and everything in between, Sally-Jane irreverently, musically and in technicolor proves her point.

Sally-Jane Heit has an impressive list of theatre, movie and television and cabaret credits.  She wants you to know she can be googled (is that legal?) or visit her website at www.sallyjaneheit.com.

 

May
14
Sat
Opening Day at The Mount! @ The Mount
May 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

The Mount will re-open for the 2016 season on May 14, 2016.  The buildings and gardens will once again be open to the public on a daily basis.

 

 

Photos by John Seakwood.

For ticketing and tour information, click here.

May
21
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
May 21 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

May
29
Sun
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
May 29 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

Jun
4
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Jun 4 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

Jun
11
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Jun 11 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

Jun
18
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Jun 18 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

Jun
25
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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

  • Sunday, May 21
  • Sunday, May 29
  • Saturday, June 4
  • Saturday, June 11
  • Saturday, June 18
  • Saturday, June 25
  • Sunday, September 4
  • Saturday, September 10
  • Saturday, September 17
  • Saturday, September 24
  • Saturday, October 1
  • Saturday, October 8
  • Saturday, October 15

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!

Jun
30
Thu
Rockwell, Wharton, and World War I @ The Stable at The Mount
Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Edith Wharton with WWI soldiers and Quentin Roosevelt.

Edith Wharton with WWI soldiers and Quentin Roosevelt.

Norman Rockwell’s January 18, 1919 Saturday Evening Post cover, titled “Thinking of the Girl Back Home”, depicts a sailor gazing at a photograph of his sweetheart. A short story entitled “The Refugee” appears in the same issue, written by novelist Edith Wharton, reflecting her work in war torn Paris. Join Norman Rockwell Museum’s Curator of Education, Tom Daly, and Wharton scholar Alan Price for a conversation on these two American artists and their responses to “The Great War.” Daly will discuss Rockwell’s World War I Saturday Evening Post covers and the home-front, while Price will discuss Edith Wharton’s work abroad. Presented at Wharton’s Lenox home, The Mount, this lecture will include a wine and cheese reception to follow.

Limited seating, advance registration required.

Jul
1
Fri
Music After Hours @ The Mount
Jul 1 @ 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. Relax with a glass of wine while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view and enjoy delicious food available for purchase.

Charles Neville and Jon Suters. Photos by John Seakwood.

Lucia's Latin Kitchen

Note: No outside food and drink, please.

Please check back regularly for our 2016 Music After Hours lineup.

Jul
2
Sat
Music After Hours @ The Mount
Jul 2 @ 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. Relax with a glass of wine while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view and enjoy delicious food available for purchase.

Charles Neville and Jon Suters. Photos by John Seakwood.

Lucia's Latin Kitchen

Note: No outside food and drink, please.

Please check back regularly for our 2016 Music After Hours lineup.

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