Event Calendar

Gilded Prostitution: Edith Wharton’s The Buccaneers and the American Siege of London @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Wharton’s posthumously published novel, The Buccaneers, captures the early years of the transatlantic marriage phenomenon when Americanimage002 women took London society by storm. They dazzled British aristocrats with their wit, charm, and irreverence for formality, and constituted a beachhead for greater numbers of marital liaisons between American women and British peers and their younger sons. Set in the same era as The Age of Innocence, The Buccaneers deals with two metropolises on either side of the Atlantic experiencing volatile social change and uses marriage as a lens through which to explore points of friction in gender and class relationships as well as in social and political values. Its comedic moments scarcely hide Wharton’s sharp criticism of elite marriages as “gilded prostitution”.

Maureen Montgomery.

Maureen Montgomery.

Maureen Montgomery will examine Wharton’s final novel in light of her own socio-historical analysis of titled marriages in the period 1870-1914 and the controversies they stirred.

Maureen Montgomery is the inaugural holder of the McGinty Distinguished Chair in History at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island. She has taught History and American Studies at universities in England, New Zealand, and the United States and is a member of the Edith Wharton Society. She has published several essays on Edith Wharton and is the author of Displaying Women: Spectacles of Leisure in Edith Wharton’s New York (Routledge, 1998) and “Gilded Prostitution”: Status, Money, and Transatlantic Marriages, 1870-1914 (Routledge, 1989), reissued in paperback in April 2014.

Silent Auction and Wine/Beer Tasting for Lenox Crew Team @ The Mount
Apr 11 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Silent Auction and Wine/Beer Tasting Saturday 4/11/15


When: Saturday, 4/11/15, 7-10 pm (Wine/Beer Tasting 7-9 pm)
Where: The Mount: 2 Plunkett St., Lenox
Cost: $35/per person
$40/per person at the door
$75/per couple at the door

Purchase Tickets: Tickets should be purchased in advance, but will also be available at the door. They may be purchased from a crew member or by emailing: Lenox Crew. Checks should be mailed payable to Lenox Crew Booster Club, c/o Joan Schultz, 197 East Street, Lenox, MA 01240

Please come and join us at The Mount in Lenox for a fun night of wine/beer tasting and a silent auction. Proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Lenox Crew Team. Wine experts from Nejaime’s Wine will be there with a wide range of wines to sample and purchase. Feel free to buy a case of your favorites, for every case sold Nejaimes will donate $10 to the team. A variety of hor d’oeuvres will be available through out the evening to snack on.

Click here to see our growing list of Silent Auction Items.

More will be listed as they are confirmed. Please check back.

For auction item purchases we will be able to accept Check or Cash only. Unfortunately we will not be able to accept Credit Cards. Auction items will need to be brought home at the conclusion of the evening. Credit Cards will be accepted by Nejaime’s Wine for wine purchases.

If you’d like to donate an item or know a business/individual that might be willing to donate you can use this letter and form for donations.

Literary Death Match @ The Mount
Apr 24 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Literary Death March returns to The Mount for The Berkshires, Ep. 3! Rural Intelligence named LDM’s first appearance at The Mount one of the most memorable parties of 2013 – don’t miss the literary fun this time around!

*Literary Merit: TBA
*Performance: Jenny Zigrino, comedian nominated for Boston’s Best & featured on IFC’s Young, Broke, and Beautiful
*Intangibles: TBA

*Courtney Maum, author of I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You & humor columnist for Electric Lit
*Ron Currie, Jr., author of Flimsy Little Plastic Miracles and Everything Matters!
*Jedediah Berry, author of The Manual of Detection & winner of the Crawford Award and Dashiell Hammett Prize
*Arda Collins, author of a collection of poems, It is Daylight (2009), which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga

About Literary Death March

4321 image, low resEach episode of this competitive, humor-centric reading series features a thrilling mix of four famous and emerging authors who perform their most electric writing in seven minutes or less before an audience and a panel of three all-star judges. After each pair of readings, the judges — focused on literary merit, performance and intangibles — take turns spouting hilarious, off-the-wall commentary about each story, then select their favorite to advance to the finals.

The two finalists then compete in the Literary Death Match finale, which trades in the show’s literary sensibility for a comical climax to determine who takes home the Literary Death Match crown.

It may sound like a circus — and that’s half the point. Literary Death Match is passionate about inspecting new and innovative ways to present text off the page, and the most fascinating part about the LDM is how seriously attentive the audience is during each reading. We’ve called this the great literary ruse: an audacious and inviting title, a harebrained finale, but in-between the judging creates a relationship with the viewer as a judge themselves.

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Jenny Zigrino.

Jenny Zigrino.

Courtney Maum. Photo by Colin Lane.

Courtney Maum. Photo by Colin Lane.

Arda Collins

Arda Collins

Edith Wharton Writing Competition Awards Ceremony @ The Drawing Room at The Mount
Apr 26 @ 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Participants at the 2014 Edith Wharton Writing Competition Awards Ceremony.

Join us from 2:00 to 4:30 pm on Sunday, April 26 as we honor the local students who participated in The Mount’s Edith Wharton Writing Competition.

This event is free and open to the public, all writing competition participants and winners, and their family and friends.  A reception will follow.

Formal invitations will be sent to all writing competition entrants. At the Awards Ceremony, formal awards will be presented and winning entrants will read their work aloud. Following the readings, guests are invited to linger on the Terrace and enjoy light refreshments, or explore the house and grounds.


Conversations With…Unsilent Composer Phil Kline @ The Stable at The Mount
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Close Encounters with Music presents Conversations With… intimate and stimulating
conversations about music and ideas!  On May 3, American composer and writer Phil Kline will present a composer’s field guide to the most defining works of the 20th and 21st centuries— what endures and what’s changing in classical music.

Phil_Kline_cwPhil Kline founded The Del-Byzanteens in the 1980s with filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and painter/filmmaker James Nares, and collaborated with photographer Nan Goldin on the soundtrack to her Ballad of Sexual Dependency.  Many of his works are moving sound sculptures that include multiple boomboxes, the most famous of which is Unsilent Night. Following a debut performance in New York’s Greenwich Village in 1992, annual December performances have spread to cities across the U.S,Canada and Australia.

Kline’s compositions have been performed at Lincoln Center, BAM, and London’s Barbican Centre and he hosts a radio show on WQXR/Q2 in New York. His CD Zippo Songs, a song cycle based on poems that American GIs inscribed on their cigarette lighters in Vietnam, was named “Best of the Year” by The New York Times, Newsday, Time Out, and Gramophone.

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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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.

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.


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.


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.”

25x25x50 Exhibition Opening @ 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 25 new pieces.

Join exhibiting artists at 3:00 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



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