Free to be… at The Mount!

We believe strongly in the power of community. That’s why, each season, we build in as many free public programs as we possibly can. We love to welcome our friends and neighbors from Lenox and other nearby towns; the Berkshire region is a tightly knit place, and we tend to rely on one other all year ’round.

Scroll down to see a gallery of photos from our biggest, best community party ever: the 2014 Community Garden Party! Over 700 people attended the fourth annual free event that has become a staple of the Berkshire summer season calendar.

Whether you’re a local or summer visitor, mark your own calendars for any or all of these FREE happenings this season:

Music After Hours:MAH_singer_John_Seakwood Fridays and Saturdays in July and August

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August for lively evenings of music performed by the region’s most talented musicians. Relax with a glass of wine and light fare while savoring the sounds and the spectacular view!

Guided tours of the outdoor SculptureNow exhibit, Common GroundJuly 13, August 17, September 14, October 12

This exciting exhibit spanning The Mount’s grounds features large-scale work by 25 acclaimed artists. The free Sunday tours are scheduled to begin at 11:30 am on July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 12.

Wharton on Wednesday: Wednesdays through July and August

Join us each Wednesday at 5 pm through July and August to hear why Edith Wharton’s writings continue to captivate readers and win Wharton new fans! This ever-popular program is free for members, and only $5 for not-yet members of The Mount.

Summer marathon reading: Tuesday, August 12

Enjoy Wharton’s incredibly modern coming of age read over the course of five and a half hours, starting at 1 pm. 

Poetry-smallPoetry on the Terrace: Thursday, September 11

Join us at 5:30 pm to hear six richly talented poets–Susan Hartung, Phil Pardi, Lori Desrosiers, Mary Koncel, Barry Sternlieb, and Ellen Doré Watson– who will read from their published and current work.

The Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading featuring Sharon Olds: Friday, September 12

On Friday evening, September 12, at 7 pm, The Mount will present the free Amy Clampitt Memorial Reading by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds. This event is This event is made possible through support from the Amy Clampitt Fund, a fund of Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, as well as a gift from the Xeric Foundation, Inc

Here are some great images from photographer John Seakwood capturing family fun at the Community Garden Party on June 29: