Ghost Tour at Ventfort Hall

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LENOX, Mass. — Robert Oakes, author of "Ghosts of the Berkshires," will lead a tour through the historic estate sharing tales of its alleged hauntings. 
Participants can stand in the places where the eerie encounters occurred and listen to the first-hand accounts of those who experienced them. 
The tour will take place on Friday, June 16,  at 8 pm. Admission is $30 and minimum age to attend is age 12. Reservations are required. To purchase tickets please call 413-637-3206. Please note that all tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Payment is required to make a reservation for an event.
Robert Oakes is an author, teacher, storyteller, and singer/songwriter originally from northern New Jersey and currently residing in the Berkshires. Since 2010 Robert has led the ghost tours at Edith Wharton's The Mount 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 and is on sale now in the gift shop. Robert's latest book, "Ghosts of Northwestern New Jersey," was released in September 2022.

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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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