Lenox — Edith Wharton’s historic home is about to get lit.
The Mount has teamed up with Design by Chris Bocchiaro (DCB) to create “NightWood,” an annual sound and light experience that will transform the property into a fantastical winter landscape for the holidays. Inspired by the natural beauty and architecture of The Mount, “NightWood” will immerse visitors in a series of vignettes designed to evoke elements of fantasy, mystery and whimsy.
The light and sound experience will run 5 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 20 through Jan. 3. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for kids ages 6-18, and free for children 5 and under. Admission will be limited and timed.
“I have always wanted to do a site-specific son et lumière, or sound and light show, on the grounds,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount, in a statement. “This holiday season is going to be very different from previous years, with COVID regulations in place and the need to social distance from one another. We wanted a way to bring the community together for a shared experience on the property and Chris Bocchiaro has been instrumental in showing us how we can do this in a safe and engaging way.”
All participants will need to wear a mask and maintain 6-feet of distance from parties that are not in the same household. Additional safety regulations and guidelines will be posted on The Mount’s website. Reservations are required and can be made at EdithWharton.org or by calling 413-551-5100.
The Mount will host a special Opening Night celebration on Nov. 19. Tickets will be $100 and will include timed entry, as well as bistro fare and seasonal craft cocktails, complete with outdoor heaters, fire pits and twinkling lights.
“The creation of a sound and light presentation provides the opportunity for an outdoor, evening program that allows distancing space without interfering with the experience,” said Bocchiaro, principle at Design by Chris Bocchiaro. “Most importantly, it provides visitors with a new way to explore The Mount.”
Bocchiaro’s team includes Megan Kinneen, scenic designer, and Greg Hanson, sound designer and composer.