1894 revisited: Holiday Tea with Mrs. George Morgan at her “cottage” in Lenox

Ventfort Hall shoulders the snows of winter with dignity.

Ventfort Hall shoulders the snows of winter with dignity.

Due to snow on Thursday, December 29th this event, originally scheduled for December 29th, will now be held on Saturday, January 7th at 3:00 pm. There are a few seats still remaining.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum invites you to step back in time to Christmas 1894. Mrs. George Morgan, the chatelaine of one of Lenox’s greatest cottages and known as Sarah to her family and closest friends, will host a holiday tea. She will be at home on Thursday, December 29th and Saturday, December 31st, both at 3:00 pm.

During this living history event, Sarah, performed by actress Anne Undeland, will share with her guests a sumptuous and historically accurate tea, full of stories about the grand manse, its large servant staff, husband George, brother J. Pierpont (the legendary financier), her children, travels, the Victorian Era and the Gilded Age holiday itself. It’s history come alive!

Anne Undeland as Sarah Morgan invites you to a Christmas Tea.

Anne Undeland as Sarah Morgan invites you to a Christmas Tea.

Undeland has appeared on stages in and around the East Coast for over 20 years. Her many appearances at Ventfort Hall in collaboration with Shakespeare & Company have included the one-woman shows The Belle of Amherst, Xingu, in which she appeared as five different characters, and Fanny Kemble’s Lenox Address.

Undeland also portrayed five women in the humorous, mysterious, slightly risqué, yet poignant glimpse into the demi-monde world of a Belle Époque courtesan in Paris 1890 – Unlaced! She appeared in over 70 performances of the play, including Off-Broadway at the United Solo Theatre Festival, at Stageworks in Hudson, NY, and elsewhere.

Undeland is a Shakespeare & Company trained actress and has also performed with Mixed Company, Riggs Theatre 37, Castle Hill Theater, Barrington Stage and Capitol Repertory. She was also a recurring voice in BBC Radio plays by Gregory Whitehead.

Tickets for Christmas Tea with Mrs. Morgan are $35 per person. Reservations are required by Friday, December 22. Seating is limited. For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org. The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is open daily for guided tours from 10am to 4 pm, Monday through Saturday and 10am to 3 pm on Sundays. Last tour is one hour before closing. The mansion is closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Tour admission is not required to shop in our museum gift shop, open to the public daily.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum was built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan, who was the sister of financier J. P. Morgan. The museum offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions as the Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public year round and is available for private rental. Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.

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