Event Calendar

Aug
31
Mon
Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity @ The Stable at The Mount
Aug 31 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
David M. Friedman.

David M. Friedman.

David M. Friedman’s lively, and often hilarious talk brings us back to January 3, 1882, when Oscar Wilde, a 27-year-old “genius”—at least by his own reckoning—arrived in New York. The Dublin-born Oxford man had made such a spectacle of himself in London with his eccentric fashion sense, his acerbic wit, and his extravagant passion for art and home design that Gilbert & Sullivan wrote an operetta lampooning him. He was hired to go to America to promote that musical by presenting lectures on interior decorating. But Wilde had his own business plan. He would go to promote himself.

And he did, traveling some 15,000 miles and visiting 150 American cities as he created a template for fame creation that still works today. Though he was only the author of a self-published book of poems and an unproduced play, he presented himself as a “star,” taking the stage in satin breeches and a velvet coat with lace trim as he sang the praises of sconces and embroidered pillows—but, most of all, himself. What Wilde so presciently understood is that fame could launch a career, as well as cap one.

But Wilde was no mere clown; he was a strategist. From his antics in London to his manipulation of the media—Wilde gave 100 interviews in America, more than anyone else in the world in 1882—he designed every move to increase his renown. There had been famous people before him, but Wilde was the first to become famous for being famous. Wilde in America is an enchanting tale of travel and transformation, comedy and capitalism—an unforgettable story that teaches us about our present, as well as our past.

The lecture, which will be held in the historic Stable, will be followed by a tea and book signing. If you are a Mount member and do not have your access code to purchase tickets at the reduced member price, please call 413-551-5100 or email info@edithwharton.org.

David M. Friedman was a staff writer for the Philadelphia Daily News and New York Newsday before he began writing books. He is the author of A Mind of Its Own: A Cultural History of the Penis, which was published in twenty countries, and The Immortalists: Charles Lindbergh, Dr. Alexis Carrel, and Their Daring Quest to Live Forever. His latest book, Wilde in America: Oscar Wilde and the Invention of Modern Celebrity, is the topic of his talk at The Mount.

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Refund requests will only be honored if made more than 1 week prior to lecture date.

Please Note: This lecture is sold out.  From time to time, we do receive cancellations.  If you wish to be added to a wait list, please call the office at 413-551-5100. 

We are also offering special tickets for a simultaneous audiocast in the room adjacent to the Stable auditorium.  Patrons will be able to attend the tea and book signing following the lecture.

No visuals will be available during the audiocast.  For more information, contact The Mount’s office at (413) 551-5100.

We would like to thank Blantyre for their ongoing sponsorship and support of the Summer Lecture Series.

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Sep
2
Wed
Wharton on Wednesdays @ The Mount
Sep 2 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Beinecke Library, Yale University.

Come hear for yourself why Edith Wharton’s writings continue to captivate readers and win Wharton new fans!

Enjoy summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to Wharton’s short stories read by professional actors. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase.

The readings begin at 5 pm on the Terrace.

Tickets for Wharton on Wednesday can be purchased at the door before the event.  No advanced reservations are needed.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 2 @ 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.

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

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On Wednesday, June 24, the house will be closed and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 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!

Sep
9
Wed
Lenox Community Evening at The Mount @ The Mount
Sep 9 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

On Wednesday, September 9th, Lenox residents are invited to walk the grounds at twilight and enjoy a rousing game of Bingo at 6 p.m. on the Terrace, courtesy of the Lenox Community Center and Council of Aging.  This is the third annual Lenox Community Evening at The Mount.

While the Whartons preferred to use their terrace for ping pong and star gazing, Edith would certainly have approved of the genteel European roots of the game Bingo.  The Mount’s first Bingo game, which took place on that same terrace in the summer of 2013, was a great success.

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Sep
11
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 11 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

                                                   Friday Night Fright

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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.

Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 11 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

                                                   Friday Night Fright

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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.

Sep
12
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Sep 12 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On Wednesday, June 24, the house will be closed and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 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!

Sep
13
Sun
SculptureNow: Guided Tour of Exhibit @ The Mount
Sep 13 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

This season, The Mount, in partnership with SculptureNow, is pleased to welcome back an exhibition of 26 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 Ticketbooth at 11:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes!

Tour includes access to The Mount’s grounds, Café, and Bookstore only.

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

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Sep
17
Thu
Touchstones at The Mount: Kate Bolick in Conversation with Darryl Pinckney @ The Stable at The Mount
Sep 17 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Darryl Pinckney. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

Darryl Pinckney. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back with another season of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. This year’s featured authors tackle provocative and controversial topics including race, gender, class, marriage,and motherhood.

On September 17, Kate and Darryl Pinckney, editor of James Baldwin: Later Novels, will discuss contemporary race relations and the enduring influence of James Baldwin.

Darryl Pinckney, a longtime contributor to The New York Review of Books, is the author of a novel, High Cotton, and, in the Alain Locke Lecture Series, Out There: Mavericks of Black Literature. His new book is Blackballed: The Black Vote and US Democracy.

Discounts for Mount Members & Students

Members will receive a $3 discount per ticket for the Touchstones series. To receive the discount, click the orange button below, select “enter promotional code” and type in member.

Students will receive free admission to the Touchstones series. To receive free admission, click the orange button below, select “enter promotional code” and type in student.

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Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Owna 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.

The Mount would like to thank Canyon Ranch for their generous sponsorship of this program.

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Sep
18
Fri
The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading with Gjertrud Schnackenberg @ The Stable at The Mount
Sep 18 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

This year’s Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading honors Gjertrud Schnackenberg. A book signing and reception will follow.

Gjertrud Schnackenberg was born on August 27, 1953, in Tacoma, Washington. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Mount Holyoke College in 1975, from which she received an honorary degree in 1985.  In 2014 she received an honorary doctorate from Depauw University.

Photo by Mike Minehan.

Photo by Mike Minehan.

Ms. Schnackenberg’s poems have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic MonthlyHarper’s, The Yale Review and many other journals. Her work has been collected in many anthologies. Ms. Schnackenberg has published six previous collections of poetry: Portraits and Elegies (1982); The Lamplit Answer (1985); A Gilded Lapse of Time (1992); The Throne of Labdacus (2000); and Supernatural Love: Poems 1976–1992 (2000). Heavenly Questions (2010) was awarded the Griffin International Poetry Prize in 2011.

Among her many honors and citations, Ms. Schnackenberg has received the Rome Prize in Creative Literature from the American Academy in Rome and the Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. She has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and in 1987 she received a Guggenheim grant. She has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 1996. In 1997, she was the Christensen Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford, and in 2000 she was a Visiting Scholar at the Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. She won an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998, and in 2001 she won the LA Times Book Prize in Poetry for The Throne of Labdacus.  In 2012 she was a Fellow at Civitella Ranieri in Italy.

This program is expected to sell out, and advance reservations for this event are strongly encouraged.

This program is made possible through support from the Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

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Sep
19
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 3 pm @ The Mount
Sep 19 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

On Saturday, June 6, the house will close at 12 pm and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On Wednesday, June 24, the house will be closed and the grounds will close at 3 pm for a special event.

On the following days, the house will close at 1 pm and the grounds will close at 3 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!

Sep
22
Tue
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket @ The Stable at The Mount
Sep 22 @ 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

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The Lift Ev’ry Voice 2015 Festival presents the award-winning film, now restored and re-mastered, about the late writer and civil rights activist, James Baldwin. The film captures what it means to be born black, impoverished, gay, and gifted in a world that has yet to understand that “all men are brothers.”

Director and producer Karen Thorsen will lead a talk-back following the 90 minute film.

Film Restoration & Digital Re-Mastering Made Possible by:

The Ford Foundation

The National Endowment for the Arts

Maysles Documentary Center

Stan & Joanne Marder

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Sep
24
Thu
Touchstones at The Mount: Kate Bolick in Conversation with Meghan Daum @ The Stable at The Mount
Sep 24 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Meghan Daum. Photo by Alan Zarembo.

Meghan Daum. Photo by Alan Zarembo.

Journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick is back with another season of Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount. This year’s featured authors tackle provocative and controversial topics including race, gender, class, marriage,and motherhood.

On September 24, Kate and Meghan Daum, author of The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, will discuss the necessity of authentic personal writing in a world that prefers sentiment over truth.

Meghan Daum is the author of four books, most recently the collection of original essays The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion. She is also the editor of Selfish, Shallow & Self-Absorbed: Sixteen Writers on the Decision Not To Have Kids. Her other books include the essay collection My Misspent Youth, the novel The Quality of Life Report, and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived In That House, a memoir. Since 2005, Meghan has been an opinion columnist at The Los Angeles Times, covering cultural and political topics. Meghan has written for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Vogue. She is the recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and is currently an adjunct associate professor in the M.F.A. Writing Program at Columbia University’s School of the Arts.

Discounts for Mount Members & Students

Members will receive a $3 discount per ticket for the Touchstones series. To receive the discount, click the orange button below, select “enter promotional code” and type in member.

Students will receive free admission to the Touchstones series. To receive free admission, click the orange button below, select “enter promotional code” and type in student.

Eventbrite - Touchstones: Conversations at The Mount

Picture11Kate Bolick is the author of the New York Times bestseller Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Owna 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.

The Mount would like to thank Canyon Ranch for their generous sponsorship of this program.

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Sep
25
Fri
Ghost Tour @ The Mount
Sep 25 @ 5:45 pm – 7:15 pm

                                                   Friday Night Fright

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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.

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