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Ventfort Hall Saturday Talk: Literary Conversations On Love

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LENOX, Mass. — For Valentine's Day, award-winning audiobook narrator/producer Alison Larkin and actress Anne Undeland, will read from audiobooks produced by Alison Larkin Presents. 
 
Titled "Literary Conversations on Love: Austen, Bronte, Alcott," the program will be offered only via Zoom by Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 4:30 pm, the day before the holiday.
 
Readings from classic novels as "Jane Eyre," "Pride and Prejudice," and "Little Women" will be followed by a transatlantic discussion on marriage, love and womanhood and the experience of recording the works of these authors.
 
According to Larkin and Undeland, "we have discovered that during the pandemic, people are suddenly finding solace and wisdom in the classics – some of the listeners for the very first time. Needless to say, we are passionate about bringing the classics to them in easy-to-listen-to audiobooks." 
 
For every audiobook downloaded directly from www.alisonlarkin presents.com, a second audiobook will be donated to people in need between now and June 1. Click here to learn more.
 
Alison Larkin Presents has won eleven AudioFile Earphones awards for excellence. Recent audiobook releases read by Larkin include "The Complete Novels of Jane Austen," "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte and "The Secret Garden" by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
 
Larkin's own novel "The English American" grew out of her autobiographical one- woman show about an adopted English woman who finds her birth parents in the United States.
 
Undeland is known to Ventfort Hall audiences for her many one-woman shows. Her audiobook narrations of "Little Women Parts 1 and 2" received critical acclaim and have become international bestsellers. 
 
Undeland has also appeared throughout the Northeast with WAM Theatre, Great Barrington Public Theatre, Berkshire Playwrights Lab, Barrington Stage, Stageworks, Capital Repertory Theatre, Mixed Company, Shakespeare & Company, Metropolitan Playhouse, Studio Theatre at Theatre Row and the New Repertory Theatre.
 
The Larkin/Undeland presentation will be offered via Zoom only. Donations are appreciated. Click here to order. For information call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206.  The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.
 
 
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Feigenbaum Grant Helps Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary Improve Accessibility

Lenox, Mass. — With a gift from the Feigenbaum Foundation, Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary's Opening Doors to Nature capital campaign is within $50,000 of its $1,125,000 goal.
 
The $100,000 grant will help improve Pleasant Valley's accessibility, allowing the  wildlife sanctuary in Lenox to welcome a broader and more diverse audience for outdoor recreation and creative nature-based education programs.
 
Opening Doors to Nature supports construction of an addition to the sanctuary's 18th-century program barn that includes accessible visitor amenities and outdoor learning spaces.
 
The new building will open this spring and allow Pleasant Valley to meet the growing demand for visitation, programs, and partnerships.
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