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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Mount's first flash mob

The Mount's first ever, and probably destined to remain only, flash mob, "Operation Waverly", was a great success! The Wikipedia article cited here speaks of flash mobs performing "an unusual and pointless act for a brief time" but The Mount's was anything but pointless. Our very important point was to support the campaign to save Save America's Treasures. We had a very good turnout, especially as it was early on a weekday, and we thank everyone who came and held up signs for our photo shoot. Save America's Treasures's blog has a nice article on The Mount. Keep up the pressure and help the people who really did Save The Mount!

Monday, April 5, 2010

Open call for photo shoot

Save America's Treasures is asking for photos from each of their projects that show groups of supporters at the site. To quote from SAT: "During the recess week of April 5th-9th, we are asking every SAT project across the country to help us promote your site and raise awareness for preservation by scheduling a public photo day [and] shine a spotlight on SAT's positive impact across the country."

We are asking for all of The Mount's friends who live in the Lenox area to come along on Wednesday morning, April 7th, at 9 am. Meet on the terrace for a group photo which we will send along to SAT. The Mount is offering a Be Our Guest pass for everyone who takes part. If this request at such short notice reminds you of a movie, please let it be the perennial favorite "White Christmas", and think of Save America's Treasures as General Waverly.

We don't ask anyone to don their old uniform, just come as you are and help save this vital program! See you Wednesday!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Stockbridge's "Age of Innocence" is over

April seems to be a very good month for The Mount's near neighbor, The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge. Following on from last year's extremely successful April 1st conference, they are fully booked again this year! We envy them their ability to fill spaces in the Berkshires in what is traditionally the low season. We hope that all of the many lovely ladies staying there today come over to The Mount for a visit. They could probably teach Lily Bart a thing or two about men.

Monday, March 22, 2010

First Edith, now Teddy

As the multitudinous followers of The Mount's Blog already know, this year The Mount is presenting a new exhibit all about film adaptations of works by Edith Wharton. There already have been a few biopics about Wharton, and in one of those, Looking Back, produced for PBS in 1981, Wharton, played by Kathleen Widdoes, makes an imaginary return to The Mount. The Mount does not play itself, it is played by The Elms in Newport!! A later biopic, Songs from the Heart, at least has The Mount in its rightful place playing Wharton's home, but the time is ripe for The Mount to claim center stage at the heart of our own, as yet unwritten, unsold, and probably, alas, never to be produced, Edith Wharton biopic!

We have sent out a casting call for Edith Wharton, and today it is the turn of her husband. Edward Robbins Wharton, known as Teddy, will be a difficult role to fill. He was by all accounts a charming, friendly, playful, and kind man, certainly in the early years of his relationship with Edith Jones. Thirteen years older than Edith, he went to Harvard with one of her older brothers. They had little in common except for a love of animals. In fact, we are told that one of the reasons that The Mount was a failure as a working farm is that Teddy grew so fond of each of the pigs that he would never send them away for slaughter!

Teddy was of average height, had dark hair and a dark moustache, and hazel eyes. A number of candidates have been put forward, Tom Selleck and Tom Cruise being two, but we at The Mount feel that both of the Toms would be more suited to the cad of the piece, Morton Fullerton.

The first real contender in your blogger's opinion is the ever charming Burt Reynolds. We know that Teddy Wharton was a keen motorist, and anyone who has seen Mr. Reynolds's work in The Cannonball Run or Smokey and the Bandit can see that he would do justice to many aspects of Mr. Wharton's personality.

Meaning in no way to disparage Mr. Reynolds's abilities, the difficulty for an actor in playing Teddy arises from his mental state, which worsened greatly after he and his wife moved into The Mount. It is generally assumed nowadays that he suffered from bipolar disorder, or manic depression. We feel that our next contender, Robert Downey, Jr. has proven his versatility time and again, and he looks good with a moustache as well (see above).

Our last contender has done stalwart work in every genre of the cinema. Teddy Wharton's extreme mood swings lead to great difficulty in their marriage, and though his wife tried to find the best possible care for him, both he and other members of his family resisted. Although it was never reported that there was any physical violence, there were a number of very unfortunate scenes here at The Mount. Many of these took place near the doorway to the Whartons's adjoining bedrooms, and visitors like Henry James wrote of these terrible encounters in letters. We therefore put forth Jack Nicholson as our own favorite to play Teddy Wharton. After all, he has done something very similar before!

Please continue to help us by suggesting your own favorites in the comments section of the blog!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Saving Save America's Treasures part 3

We must continue the campaign for Save America's Treasures. WAMC, NPR for the Northeast, broadcast a story about the threat to this program yesterday, and have posted the story online. Listen to it here. WAMC: Landmark Restoration Funding on the Chopping Block in DC (2010-03-17) Then follow this link and contact your member of Congress. According to the program Save America's Treasures costs approximately $25 million. This is peanuts compared to so many other budget items, and the shortsightedness of cutting this program from the budget is baffling to those of us who care at all about places like The Mount. Put it on Facebook, tweet it, blog it, make as much of a fuss as is necessary. The Mount, and (let us be honest, perhaps even more crucially) The Mount's Blog would certainly not be here without Save America's Treasures!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Saving Save America's Treasures part 2

Just in case there are those out there who think that our argument for saving Save America's Treasures needs bolstering, here are a few "before and after" pictures ...

Follow the link above and act now, before it is too late to save this vital program!