Event Calendar

Apr
26
Sun
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.

 

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

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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.

May
15
Fri
Kate Bolick’s Awakening at The Mount @ The Terrace and Main House at The Mount
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Kate Bolick’s Awakening at The Mount:
A Reading and Reception to Celebrate
Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

Come celebrate the release of journalist and cultural critic Kate Bolick’s debut book. Spinster looks at the pleasures and possibilities of remaining single, and introduces a cast of pioneering women writers (including Edith!) whose genius and flair have emboldened Bolick to fashion life on her own terms.

The Mount is hosting an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and conversation about what it means to live independently. Kate will read from Spinster, and a book signing will follow the reading.

“In Spinster, her wise and subtle memoir, Kate Bolick explores that freighted term—and the often-maligned woman to whom it is attached—and deftly, persuasively reclaims it. In telling the stories of her literary ‘awakeners’—five vividly-conjured women who escaped the conventional ties of marriage and family—and in elegantly weaving cultural history into her own personal progress to maturity, Bolick shows by argument and example that the single life is not a predicament to be escaped, but a distinctive, demanding, rewarding form of freedom. I wish I could give this book to my thirty-year-old self; she would have taken heart and inspiration from Bolick’s bold and intelligent self-examination—not necessarily to follow her path, but to be tenderly reminded of this simple but easily neglected truth: that there is another way to want to be.”
Rebecca Mead, author of My Life in Middlemarch

Click here to read an NPR interview with Kate about her new book!

Kate Bolick is a contributing editor for The Atlantic. Her articles, essays, and criticism appear regularly in Elle, Cosmopolitan, The New York Times, and Vogue, among other publications. Previously, she was executive editor of Domino, and a columnist for The Boston Globe Ideas Section. Her first book, SPINSTER: Making a Life of One’s Own, will be published by Crown in April 2015.

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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
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
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.”

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
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
27
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 4 pm @ The Mount
Jun 27 @ 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!

Jul
3
Fri
Music After Hours: Struttin’ with Some Barbeque @ The Terrace and Gardens at The Mount
Jul 3 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

This year’s Music After Hours series kicks off with a community picnic, tangy barbeque, and Wanda Houston’s powerful vocals. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Bring your family and friends as we celebrate the cultural vitality of the Berkshires. Presented in partnership with the Lift Ev’ry Voice 2015 Festival.

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Jul
7
Tue
James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket @ The Stable at The Mount
Jul 7 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 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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Jul
11
Sat
Early Closing Day: house closes at 1 pm, grounds close at 4 pm @ The Mount
Jul 11 @ 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!

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