Event Calendar

Oct
3
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 3 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

*There will be no 5:45 p.m. ghost tours on September 12, September 19, and September 26.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

Oct
5
Sun
Backstairs Tour @ The Mount
Oct 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The butler was English, the housekeeper was Alsatian, and the secretary, who straddled a thin line between friend and employee, was the orphaned Housemaid belldaughter of German immigrants. Climb the backstairs and listen to their stories of life at The Mount during the Wharton era. Following your tour, enjoy Whartonian hospitality with something cool and bubbly on the Terrace and engage in conversation with The Mount’s expert interpreters.

The Backstairs Tour ticket includes:

-The Backstairs tour
-Light refreshments on the Terrace
-Up to 30 minutes of Q&A following the tour
-Full admission to The Mount for the day
-Regular guided house and garden tours

Oct
10
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 10 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

*There will be no 5:45 p.m. ghost tours on September 12, September 19, and September 26.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

Oct
11
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 4 pm @ The Mount
Oct 11 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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

  • Saturday, September 6
  • Saturday, September 13
  • Saturday, September 20
  • Saturday, September 27
  • Saturday, October 11

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

Oct
12
Sun
Backstairs Tour @ The Mount
Oct 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The butler was English, the housekeeper was Alsatian, and the secretary, who straddled a thin line between friend and employee, was the orphaned Housemaid belldaughter of German immigrants. Climb the backstairs and listen to their stories of life at The Mount during the Wharton era. Following your tour, enjoy Whartonian hospitality with something cool and bubbly on the Terrace and engage in conversation with The Mount’s expert interpreters.

The Backstairs Tour ticket includes:

-The Backstairs tour
-Light refreshments on the Terrace
-Up to 30 minutes of Q&A following the tour
-Full admission to The Mount for the day
-Regular guided house and garden tours

SculptureNow: Guided Tour of Exhibit @ The Mount
Oct 12 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This season, The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to welcome back an exhibition of 24 large-scale outdoor sculptures. Join us for a free two-hour artist-led guided tour of this remarkable show and hear the stories behind the art and artists.

The tour will start at the Stable at 11:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes!

For additional information about SculptureNow, please visit www.sculpturenow.org.

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Oct
13
Mon
Coaching Day @ The Mount
Oct 13 @ 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm

A step back in time, relive the Gilded Age sport of coaching, and see the coaches as they travel to these historic non-profit sites in Lenox and Stockbridge:

Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Photo by Kevin Sprague.

Shakespeare & Company, the Norman Rockwell Museum and The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Estate & Gardens.

Admission to the grounds is free during coaching and we encourage visitors to arrive early to allow time for parking.

For more information, please visit the official website of The Berkshire Coaching Weekend.

Oct
17
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 17 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

*There will be no 5:45 p.m. ghost tours on September 12, September 19, and September 26.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

Oct
18
Sat
Love and Marriage: Storytelling at The Mount @ The Mount
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Speak Up presents Love and Marriage: Stories about the heartache and happiness of love. Five storytellers will take the stage and tell true stories about the way logothat love has intersected with and changed their lives. There will be stories of love lost, love found, and love finally understood.

Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Meet The Speakers:

Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks

Matthew Dicks is the author of the novels Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, Something Missing and Unexpectedly, Milo and the musicals The Clowns and Stuck in the Middle. His novels have been translated into more than 25 languages worldwide, and his most recent is an international bestseller. He is also a columnist for Seasons magazine and has published work in The Hartford Courant, The Huffington Post and The Christian Science Monitor. When not hunched over a computer screen, he fills his days as an elementary school teacher, a public speaker, a blogger, a wedding DJ, a minister, a life coach and a Lord of Sealand. He is a former West Hartford Teacher of the Year and a finalist for Connecticut Teacher of the Year.

Matthew is a 12-time Moth StorySLAM champion and whose stories have been featured on their nationally syndicated Moth Radio Hour and their weekly podcast. He has also told stories for The American Life, TED, The Story Collider, Literary Death Match, The Mouth, The Liar Show, and many others. He is the co-founder and producer of Speak Up, a Hartford-based storytelling organization.

Matthew is married to friend and fellow teacher, Elysha, and they have two children, Clara and Charlie. He grew up in the small town of Blackstone, Massachusetts, where he made a name for himself by dying twice before the age of eighteen and becoming the first student in his high school to be suspended for inciting riot upon himself.

Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg

Ophira Eisenberg is the host of NPR’s trivia, puzzle, and game show, “Ask Me Another.” Her memoir, “Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy” has been optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film. Her writing has been featured in several anthologies, including, “I Killed: True Stories of the Road from America’s Top Comics,” alongside Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Dennis Miller, and Joan Rivers. She hosts and tours with The Moth and can be heard on their Audience favorites CD, podcast and the nationally syndicated “The Moth Radio Hour.” She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, and CTV’s “Comedy Now” in her hometown: Canada.

Barbara Klau

Barbara Klau

Barbara Klau has a lot of years behind her as an actor, particularly with the Producing Guild of Hartford, where she appeared for many years in a number of leading comedic, dramatic, and musical roles. She is a member of the CT Storytelling Center, and although her interest is mainly telling Jewish stories and tales to children and adults, she is finding that telling personal stories is a whole new experience! A friend recently referred to her as the Susan Boyle of storytelling, and her husband, who is her biggest fan, says “It’s all Bubbie talk.”

On the personal side, Barbara is retired but teaches courses in memory retention strategies and maintaining brain fitness in the greater Hartford area, and during the winter months in Florida. She is married to a retired Pan Am captain; they have five children and 15 grandchildren (that’s another story).

Alan MacKenzie was born on a naval base in the Philippine islands on New Year’s Day. During World War II, while his father was a Naval Officer fighting in the Pacific, he grew up on his grandparent’s citrus ranch in southern California. There he learned to love raising animals, building things, working hard, and playing outdoors. His grandfather, a self-made man, was his mentor, role model, and father figure.

During his elementary and high school years, Alan family moved back and forth between California and Washington D.C. He graduated with an engineering degree from Princeton, earned an MBA from Stanford, and was a Sloan Fellow at MIT.

After working 25 years in large corporations, Alan left to start his own business, Street Smart Ventures. During the past 15 years, he has worked with not-for-profit agencies throughout Connecticut to create over 100 small businesses that teach social and workplace skills to young adults recovering from mental health and addiction issues.

Alan is an avid fly fisherman, hunter, and wood carver and watches UConn basketball far too often for his wife, Carole, who is a clinical social Worker, sex therapist, and professor at the University of Hartford. He lives in Hartford’s West End along with along with their two dogs, Posy and Virginia Woof.

Tom Reed Swale

Tom Reed Swale

Tom Reed-Swale grew up in Canton, CT where he performed in seven stage productions including Grease! and South Pacific. He sang as a member of UConn’s premier all-male a cappella group, A Completely Different Note (CDN) and has formed an alumni group called Five Guys Burgers and Fries.

Tom taught third, fourth, and fifth grade in West Hartford and Farmington for nine years before becoming a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Theme Coach at a magnet school in the south end of Hartford. He has published articles in Connect Magazine, a journal specializing in STEM education. When not busy working with teachers and students, Tom loves to garden, play golf, collect baseball cards, chop firewood, can pickles and jam, build tree houses, and spend time with his wife Elizabeth and their two children Teagan and Charlotte.

 

Speak Up is a Hartford-based organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. They provide storytellers, both novice and experienced, with the opportunity to take the stage and tell true stories from their own lives based upon a predetermined theme. Speak Up directors work with storytellers prior to the performance in order to assist in the crafting and presentation of stories and conduct workshops for people interested in learning more about the art of storytelling.

Oct
19
Sun
Speaking Your Mind: An Introduction to Storytelling @ The Mount
Oct 19 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Professional storyteller and 12-time Moth StorySLAM champion Matthew Dicks will lead a storytelling-for-beginners workshop on October 19. Whether your logo goal is to take the stage someday or improve your work performance through better presentation skills or simply become a better storyteller around the dinner table or meet new people, we may have something for you.

If you’re interested in performing at a future Speak Up storytelling show or elsewhere, our workshops are a good place to start.

The goals of the beginning storytelling workshop include:

  • Methods for generating ideas for stories from your life experiences (you have more stories than you realize!)
  • The structure and arc of an effective story
  • The critical elements of an effective story
  • Story manipulation based upon audience and setting
  • Factors to consider for competitive storytelling
  • Revising a story for audience appeal and time restrictions
  • Humor
  • Suspense
  • Performance technique

Speak Up is a Hartford-based organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. We provide storytellers, both novice and experienced, with the opportunity to take the stage and tell true stories from their own lives based upon a predetermined theme. Speak Up directors work with storytellers prior to the performance in order to assist in the crafting and presentation of stories and conduct workshops for people interested in learning more about the art of storytelling.

Backstairs Tour @ The Mount
Oct 19 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

The butler was English, the housekeeper was Alsatian, and the secretary, who straddled a thin line between friend and employee, was the orphaned Housemaid belldaughter of German immigrants. Climb the backstairs and listen to their stories of life at The Mount during the Wharton era. Following your tour, enjoy Whartonian hospitality with something cool and bubbly on the Terrace and engage in conversation with The Mount’s expert interpreters.

The Backstairs Tour ticket includes:

-The Backstairs tour
-Light refreshments on the Terrace
-Up to 30 minutes of Q&A following the tour
-Full admission to The Mount for the day
-Regular guided house and garden tours

Oct
24
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Oct 24 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

Creaking floors, slamming doors, and ghostly footsteps…The Mount’s haunted history includes it all!  For over a century, The Mount has been home EW-ghost-in-the-gallery-lefto 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.

*There will be no 5:45 p.m. ghost tours on September 12, September 19, and September 26.

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