LENOX -- Ventfort Hall, the historic Gilded Age mansion in Lenox open to the public year-round, is presenting a four-week folk music series every Wednesday night this month, beginning this evening.
Ventfort Folk, free from 5 until 7:30 p.m., will offer area performers as well as craft beer from area breweries and -- weather permitting -- a sunset view from the back veranda of the Jacobean revival mansion built in 1893 for Sarah Morgan, sister of financier, philanthropist and art collector J.P. Morgan.
Pawn Shop Saints, a Berkshire-based group, inaugurates the series tonight, performing what they describe as "Hard Dirt Americana" that has a "sparser, harder, and darker rural feel than most genres."
Also scheduled: Oakes & Smith on Sept. 11, Moonshine Holler on Sept. 18, and Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws on Sept. 25.
Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is facing financial challenges in order to comply with building code requirements for a costly handicapped-accessible elevator, reopening of all its second floor rooms and renovations to the basement.
It will hold a "Music of the Night" gala on Saturday, Sept. 21, with a 6 p.m. performance at Trinity Episcopal Church by Jeff Keller, the first American singer-actor to perform the title role in "The Phantom of the Opera" on Broadway. A champagne dinner buffet (festive attire) follows; tickets are $50 for the concert only, $130 for the performance and the dinner. RSVP deadline is Sept. 10.
Ventfort Hall, at 104 Walker St. in Lenox, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is among the few surviving 75 "cottages" built in town during the Gilded Age from the 1870s to around 1910. Information: (413) 637-3206.