Ventfort Hall Receives Façade Improvement Grant

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LENOX, Mass. — Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum has received the Best Foot Forward Façade Improvement Grant awarded by 1Berkshire with funding support from the Massachusetts Office of Business Development in the amount of $800. 
The grant will be used to plant flowers and beautify the front entryway to the mansion.
Volunteer docent, Kim Jakobowicz, has been working on a plan for getting the gardens attended to along with volunteer docents Paula Blagg, Catherine Laird, Daniel Schenker and board Vice President Holly Dobbins. 
Those who would like to be on the gardening committee can email The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker St., Lenox, MA.

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CATA Reading at the Mount

LENOX, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) and The Mount, Edith Wharton's Home, present a reading celebrating the work of writers with disabilities on Sept. 27 at 5pm. 
The event takes place at the Stable at The Mount, located at 2 Plunkett St. A free reception will follow the reading where attendees can meet and celebrate CATA writers.
Reservations are required for this free event. Register online at or by contacting CATA at (413) 528-5485 or by email at
"We're thrilled to partner with The Mount once again to share the work of CATA writers," said CATA Executive Director Margaret Keller. "CATA writers express their creative voices each week in our workshops. By sharing their writing in this dynamic program, we get to spotlight their talent—and our community gets to see the world from their perspective."
The event will feature guest readers in a program of writing created in the CATA Writers' Workshop—a weekly class where writers with disabilities hone their craft and express their perspectives. CATA faculty artist Janet Reich Elsbach leads the workshop with an inventive curriculum that helps each CATA writer develop their own style in poetry, haiku, autobiography, and short stories.
Some CATA writers work with "scribes" to help them put their ideas on paper. CATA artists also work with guest artists throughout the year, including poet Dante Micheaux who guest-taught two workshops with CATA writers last fall (work created during those workshops will be featured in the reading on Sept. 27).
The CATA Writers' Workshop is one of 28 weekly inclusive arts workshops for people with disabilities taking place at CATA's Great Barrington studios during the 2023-2024 program year. Each workshop is designed as a series, and enrollment is on a rolling basis throughout the year. A current course catalog is available on CATA's website at
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