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Online Ghost Tour at Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — Robert Oakes, author of Ghosts of the Berkshires, leads participants through not only the rooms and halls of this historic estate, sharing tales of its haunting, but also through selected third floor and basement areas never before shown to the public. 
 
Oakes will be available for a questions and answer session after the virtual tour.
 
This virtual tour will be available on Zoom Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. Admission is $20. Tickets can be purchase on Eventbrite using this link https://ventfort12312021.eventbrite.com. Discounted tickets are available for Ventfort Hall members. To receive a members discount code before ordering email info@gildedage.org.  
 
Please note that all tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable.
 
Robert Oakes is an author, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton's The Mount in Lenox and has represented the museum and its ghosts on Syfy's Ghost Hunters, Jeff Belanger's New England Legends series on PBS, and The Apple Seed show on BYUradio. In 2020, Robert's debut book, Ghosts of the Berkshires, was published by Arcadia Publishing.

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Lenox Cultural Council 2022 Grant Awards

LENOX, Mass. — State Representative Smitty Pignatelli and Arlene D. Schiff, chair of the Lenox Cultural Council, announced the award of 22 grants totaling $10,174, for cultural programs in Berkshire County.
 
"It's the local volunteers who really make this system work," said Smitty Pignatelli. "They make limited resources go as far as possible, and they make the tough decisions about which projects should be supported. Thanks to them, the arts, sciences, and humanities are part of people's everyday lives in every community across the state."
 
Grants have been awarded to the following programs: Arts in Recovery for Youth; Berkshire Music School's 2022 Lenox Loves Music Series; Berkshire Wildlife Sanctuaries' Nature in Your Neighborhood program; Cantilena Chamber Choir Corporation's All County Choir Sing; Greenagers, Inc.; Hip Hop Dance Chair Exercise for Seniors; Lenox Chamber of Commerce Winterland Tree Walk; Lenox Library's Something's Fishy! program; Mary Jo D. Maichack's The Lake of the Croaking Frogs; Michelle Marroquin's Live Music & Dance at The Mount; Music in Common's The Black Legacy Project; Nutshell Playhouse at Ventfort Hall; OLLI's Indigenous Peoples: We Are Still Here program; Pittsfield Shakespeare in the Park; SculptureNow at The Mount 2022; Shakespeare & Co's 2022 Fall Festival of Shakespeare; Tamarack Hollow Nature and Cultural Center's Kennedy Park Hike;  Trio Candela with the Berkshire Rhythm Keepers at the Lenox Artwalk; The CatnipJunkies: Live! From The Lenox Dining Terrace; The Stockbridge Sinfonia, Inc.; WAM Theater and Robert Zammarchi's Elijah T Grasshopper & Friends.
 
The Lenox Cultural Council is part of a network of 329 Local Cultural Councils serving all 351 cities and towns in the Commonwealth. The LCC Program is the largest cultural funding network in the nation, supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, sciences, and humanities every year. The state legislature provides an annual appropriation to the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency, which then allocates funds to each community. Statewide, more than $4.7 million will be distributed by local cultural councils in 2022.
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