Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Edith Wharton's necklace

If anyone out there has an odd $60,000 to $80,000 to spare, they might wish to attend the auction of New York Jewels at Christie's on December 11 in New York. A beautiful necklace (dog-collar) which once belonged to Edith Wharton is being sold from "the collection of a gentleman". For details go to their website at http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5166600&sid=9ac51ea4-52e9-41de-b45d-673df9a28a68 and have a look! Happy bidding--of course, you could always give it a nice home here at The Mount!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Memories of an "ex-Mountie"

(posted November 21)
I worked at the Mount giving tours for several summers around 1986-1991 when I was home from college. As an English major, I loved the history of the place. I am so impressed with all the beautiful renovations! When I was there, Shakespeare & Co. still had their stage set up on the upper wall of the sunken garden. I remember taking a tour group through and opening up the door to the main salon and having a group of actors all lying on the floor saying, "Haaaaa! Haaaaa!" I loved showing guests the "fake" door in the library. One of my last experiences there was the other workers giving me a wedding shower in the dining room. The Mount has improved so much since I was there that it is a shame that it faces closure. It truly is a gem.


Monday, November 10, 2008

Glimpses of the Moon Benefit Performance

Planning to be in New York City on December 1 ? Make those plans, and get over to the Algonquin Hotel for a benefit performance of a new musical based on Edith Wharton's Jazz Age novel, Glimpses of the Moon. We are so very excited and grateful to the producers of the show for putting on this performance, which will directly benefit the Save the Mount campaign. Please see their website (http://www.glimpsesofthemoon.com/) for more information or call us directly at 413.551.5104 to reserve tickets.

The Mount

Update from the Mount

As you can see by our website, we are happy to extend our hours into the fall again this year. We will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 21, from 10am to 4pm, with the Bookstore open those same hours as well. Please come visit and do some early holiday shopping. And we are working on decking the halls with some holiday decor, we will post more details and dates on this soon. And speaking of dates, opening day for the 2009 season is scheduled for Friday, May 1!

However, we are still dependent on your continued support and successful agreement with the banks, so please continue to spread the word and visit us during November and December.

The Staff and Volunteers at The Mount

From a visitor in September

I visited your place once, in a very hard time of my life. It was so beautiful and it was raining, however I loved it very much... I {will} forward this site wherever appropriate so people will know more and visit. It is a history of art and women, (my daughter loves her books). She is a fashion designer herself, so this is close to interior design.
I hope you will preserve this place and I hope I will visit again. In the meantime I am going to support you and will place my name on mailing list.

Best of Luck,

Dr Elizabeth Dorosz