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

May
26
Tue
Member Exclusive! Drawn to Paris @ The Stable at The Mount
May 26 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Photo by John Seakwood.

Photo by John Seakwood.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added an extra date for Drawn in Paris!

What drew Edith Wharton to Paris? In her own words: “In Paris, I could see people who shared my tastes.”

Wharton spent the last twenty-five years of her life in Paris and Southern France, absorbing and contributing to the artistic atmosphere of the Belle Époque. There, in the European capital of culture, she wrote in the company of Henry James, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many other writers, artists, and students from across the continent and North America.

This lecture by Michael Cassin, director of The Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will look at works by a number of these artists, some of whom are represented in The Clark’s permanent collection, and it will also include previews of The Clark’s forthcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Nature.  A reception and open house will follow the lecture.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat(s), please call Lindsay Codwise at 413-551-5112.

Presented in partnership with The Clark Art Institute.

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May
27
Wed
Member Exclusive! Drawn to Paris @ The Stable at The Mount
May 27 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Photo by John Seakwood.

Photo by John Seakwood.

What drew Edith Wharton to Paris? In her own words: “In Paris, I could see people who shared my tastes.”

Wharton spent the last twenty-five years of her life in Paris and Southern France, absorbing and contributing to the artistic atmosphere of the Belle Époque. There, in the European capital of culture, she wrote in the company of Henry James, Giovanni Boldini, Vincent Van Gogh, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, and many other writers, artists, and students from across the continent and North America.

This lecture by Michael Cassin, director of The Clark’s Center for Education in the Visual Arts, will look at works by a number of these artists, some of whom are represented in The Clark’s permanent collection, and it will also include previews of The Clark’s forthcoming exhibition Van Gogh and Nature.  A reception and open house will follow the lecture.

Space is limited and reservations are required.  To reserve your seat(s), please call Lindsay Codwise at 413-551-5112.

Presented in partnership with The Clark Art Institute.

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May
28
Thu
Teacher Open House @ The Mount
May 28 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Have you lived in the Berkshires your whole life and never visited The Mount? Or are you a new teacher in the area and looking to explore the region? We invite all educators to get to know us on May 21! Learn about field trip opportunities, lesson tie-ins, youth programs, and other educational resources The Mount has to offer.

We want to hear from you, too! How can The Mount best meet your needs and support the wonderful work you’re already doing?

Formal and informal K-16 educators of all stripes are welcome. The Main House and formal gardens will be open for exploration, and Mount educators will be on hand for casual conversation. Refreshments will be provided.

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May
31
Sun
Mad Hatter’s Tea and Garden Party @ The Walled Garden at The Mount
May 31 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Celebrate the release of the 150th anniversary audiobook edition of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, narrated by Alison Larkin with a cup of tea, scrumptious sweets, children’s activities, and a reading! The Mount’s formal gardens will come alive with the spirit of Lewis Carroll’s childhood classic – party guests can play croquet on the grass terraces and eat petit fours in the pergola. Costumes are encouraged!

At 4:00 pm, award-winning audiobook narrator Alison Larkin will give a reading of the famous Mad Hatter’s Tea Party scene. To pre-order a copy of this delightful new recording click here!

Wharton’s own battered copy of Alice in Wonderland is housed in The Mount’s Library.

Advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

Presented in partnership with Berkshire Family Focus.

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Wharton's copy of Alice in Wonderland.

Wharton’s copy of Alice in Wonderland.

Jun
1
Mon
28x26x50 Sculpture Exhibition Opening @ The Mount
Jun 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

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SculptureNow at The Mount: June 1 – October 31, 2015

The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to present 28x26x50, an exhibition of contemporary outdoor sculptures, featuring 28 pieces by 26 nationally acclaimed artists on 50 acres of beautiful, historic land.

Join us for a free guided tour of the exhibit beginning at 11:30 am on the following days:

For additional information about SculptureNow, please visit http://sculpturenow.org/.

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Hobbes' Claw 2 by Stephen Klema.

Hobbes’ Claw 2 by Stephen Klema.

Rhyton by Evan Morse.

Rhyton by Evan Morse.

Untitled (red assembly) by Bernard Klevickas.

Untitled (red assembly) by Bernard Klevickas.

Apparition by Sarah Haviland.

Apparition by Sarah Haviland.

Jun
5
Fri
Book Launch and Reading from Shards of a Life with Charles Giuliano @ The Terrace at The Mount
Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

shards_cover by Amanda Hill Studio TwoJoin us on the Terrace as we celebrate the release of Shards of a Life,  a collection of poems by Charles Giuliano, the publisher/ editor of Berkshire Fine Arts. This free event includes a reading by Giuliano followed by a book signing and reception on the Terrace.

It’s a little know fact that Giuliano coined the word Gonzo, in the July 3, 1970 edition of the Boston Herald Traveler, for which he covered jazz and rock. Giuliano wrote, “Some 25,000 gonzo fans jammed the bowl end of Harvard Stadium, Wednesday, July 1 to hear their sex-rock idols, Ten Years After. The Schaefer Festival foams on with top rock.” The term was later expanded to Gonzo Journalism and used to describe the free-form style of writers like Hunter Thompson.

Giuliano’s first book of poetry, Shards of a Life, is written in his unique technique of Gonzo Staccato Poetry. The content of the work assaults the senses of readers in quick energetic bursts often evoking the improvisation and lyricism of  jazz with the gotcha lines and catchy hooks of pop music. The poems, which are quick and fun, include memories of his colorful Italian/Irish heritage growing up as the son of medical doctors. They range from an “interview” with the Duke of Windsor, a debutante ball at Versailles, and yacht racing in Annisquam to encounters with jazz and rock musicians including Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, Dexter Gordon, The Rolling Stones, James Brown, Moondog, Yoko Ono, and Captain Beefheart.

About Charles Giuliano:

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Charles Giuliano is a graduate of Boston Latin School, Brandeis University and holds an MA in American Art and Architecture from Boston University. He was director of exhibitions and taught art history and the humanities for New England School of Art & Design/ Suffolk University. In 2001 Giuliano and his wife, Astrid Hiemer, formerly an Administrator Officer for the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at MIT, bought property in the Berkshires where they now live and work.

The author of numerous exhibition catalogues and essayist for fine arts publications, Shards of a Life is Giuliano’s first book of poetry. A second book is planned for later this year. The 169 page book Shards of a Life may be ordered on demand for $14.95 through Amazon. The book is richly illustrated with images of his Irish/ Italian family as well as the rock and jazz musicians he covered for numerous publications.

Jun
6
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 12 pm, grounds close at 1 pm @ The Mount
Jun 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 1 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 4 pm for special events:

  • Sunday, June 14
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Saturday, September 5
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Saturday, September 26

We regret any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding, as these special events help considerably to sustain The Mount!

Jun
12
Fri
Petit Dejeuner @ The Mount
Jun 12 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

French flagDu 5 juin au 28 août, chaque vendredi matin de 8h à 9h30, café et croissant, sur la terrasse pour bavarder en français. $5. Prière de réserver avant 17heures le mercredi. RSVP à petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the terrace every Friday morning in June, July and August in honor of Edith Wharton’s love affair with France! Petit Dejeuner is open to all French speakers. Conversation begins at 8:00 and costs $5.

Reservations must be made the Wednesday prior at petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

The Liar Show: Dad @ The Stable at The Mount
Jun 12 @ 8:00 pm – 9:30 pm

The Liar Show

In a nutshell:

The Stories

Every Liar Show performance is unique. A constantly changing cast of writers and comics tell four short, extremely personal stories that will make you laugh, possibly make you think, and almost certainly make you glad you don’t live with them. But listen closely, because only three of these people are telling the truth. The fourth is making it all up.

The Interrogation

After the stories have been told, all four performers return to the stage and defend their stories while the audience rakes them over the coals with a fact-finding question and answer session, refereed by the host.

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The Verdict

Each audience member casts a ballot and when the Liar is revealed, the perceptive geniuses who have guessed correctly walk away with a prize T-shirt amid a bitter chorus of “Congratulations, Einstein,” from the empty-handed losers.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Refreshments will be available for sale before and during the show. Advance reservations are strongly recommended.

Featuring:

AndyANDY CHRISTIE is the creator and host of The Liar Show. His stories have appeared in The New York Times, in the Thomas Beller anthology “Lost And Found: New York” and on The Moth Radio Hour and WFUV’s CityScape. His humor collection, “I Wasn’t Kidding” was published by Random House in the U.S. and the U.K.

EdED GAVAGAN is one of the most popular contributors to Peabody Award winning The Moth Radio Hour and a TED Talks speaker. He tours extensively with The Moth Main Stage and is featured in their bestselling story anthology from Hyperion Books.

LeslieLESLIE GOSHKO is a Manhattan Monologue Champion and recipient of the NY Fringe Excellence Award. She is a contributor to Huffington Post and has appeared on Broadway with the cast of “Hairspray” and at the Kennedy Center For The Performing Arts.

JimJIM O’GRADY is a contributor to NPR’s “This American Life” and a reporter and commentator for WNYC. He is author of the biographies, “Dorothy Day: With Love for the Poor” and “Disarmed and Dangerous: The Radical Lives and Times of Daniel and Philip Berrigan.”

Sponsored by:

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Jun
13
Sat
26x28x50 Exhibition Sculpture Opening Reception @ The Terrace at The Mount
Jun 13 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The Mount and SculptureNow will fete the opening of their 2015 sculpture show featuring 26 pieces, 28 artists, exhibited over 50 acres.

Join exhibiting artists at 3:30 pm for a complete tour of the show, followed by a 5 pm reception on the Terrace.

Reservations are not required. For more information, please call 413-551-5100.

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Photos by Donna DeMari

 

 

Jun
14
Sun
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 4 pm @ The Mount
Jun 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 1 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 4 pm for special events:

  • Sunday, June 14
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Saturday, September 5
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Saturday, September 26

We regret any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding, as these special events help considerably to sustain The Mount!

Jun
17
Wed
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Jun 17 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

                                                   Wednesday Ghost Walks

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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 90-minute 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.

Jun
19
Fri
Petit Dejeuner @ The Mount
Jun 19 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

French flagDu 5 juin au 28 août, chaque vendredi matin de 8h à 9h30, café et croissant, sur la terrasse pour bavarder en français. $5. Prière de réserver avant 17heures le mercredi. RSVP à petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the terrace every Friday morning in June, July and August in honor of Edith Wharton’s love affair with France! Petit Dejeuner is open to all French speakers. Conversation begins at 8:00 and costs $5.

Reservations must be made the Wednesday prior at petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Jun
20
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 4 pm @ The Mount
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 1 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 4 pm for special events:

  • Sunday, June 14
  • Saturday, June 20
  • Saturday, June 27
  • Saturday, July 11
  • Saturday, September 5
  • Saturday, September 12
  • Saturday, September 19
  • Saturday, September 26

We regret any inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding, as these special events help considerably to sustain The Mount!

Jun
26
Fri
Petit Dejeuner @ The Mount
Jun 26 @ 8:00 am – 9:30 am

French flagDu 5 juin au 28 août, chaque vendredi matin de 8h à 9h30, café et croissant, sur la terrasse pour bavarder en français. $5. Prière de réserver avant 17heures le mercredi. RSVP à petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

Come enjoy coffee, croissants, and some French conversation on the terrace every Friday morning in June, July and August in honor of Edith Wharton’s love affair with France! Petit Dejeuner is open to all French speakers. Conversation begins at 8:00 and costs $5.

Reservations must be made the Wednesday prior at petit.dejeuner.francais@gmail.com

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