Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum is hosting a hat decorating workshop with Nancy Whelan, a graphic designer and decorative artist, at noon Saturday, Oct. 2, to complement its exhibit, "The Gibson Girl: A Gilded Age Icon."

From the opulent "Merry Widow" to the simple straw boater, participants will create their own fashionable Gibson Girl style hat. Ventfort Hall will provide hats and trims. 

Workshop tickets cost $35 per person and include the cost of materials. Reservations are required by calling 413-637-3206. All tickets are nonrefundable and non-exchangeable.

Jeannie Maschino can be reached at 413-496-6256 or

Community News Editor / Librarian

Jeannie Maschino is community news editor and librarian for The Berkshire Eagle. She has worked for the newspaper in various capacities since 1982 and joined the newsroom in 1989.