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Veteran Lenox tub parade participant Tjasa Sprague will give a tea & talk at Ventfort Hall, Saturday, September 7.

LENOX, MA.  Ventfort Hall board member and veteran Lenox Tub Parade participant Tjasa Sprague will present a Tea & Talk on the story of this traditional event that dates back to the Gilded Age in the Berkshires.  She will give her visual presentation on Saturday, September 7 at 3:30 pm followed by a Victorian Tea. 

Her talk coincides with the annual Lenox Main Street parade scheduled for the same day at 1:30 pm, co-sponsored by the Colonial Carriage & Driving Society and the Lenox Chamber.  

The New York Times, 9/8/1895, printed: “Now that the hydrangeas, asters, and all the various flowers of this region are approaching perfection, the young women are reminded of the floral tub parade…”  (The Tub defined: an Irish term for a horse drawn cart.)

Over the years Sprague has collected clippings and historic photos of the Lenox Tub Parade. From 1983 it became an annual event again and, says Sprague, “there are countless photos and memories since then. Photos from Anna Alexandre’s photo album and others from the Stokes family show a glimpse into family life revealing how naturally the flower parades would celebrate the joys of the summer and fall seasons.” 

Tickets for the Sprague talk are $28 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event.  Reservations are highly recommended as seating is limited.  For information or reservations call Ventfort Hall at 413-637-3206 or visit info@gildedage.org.  The historical mansion is located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox.

An Official Project of Save America’s Treasures program sponsored by The White House, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum, built in 1893 for George and Sarah Morgan, offers tours of the historic mansion, as well as Tea & Talks, such exhibitions asthe Bellefontaine Collection, concerts, theater, and other programs. This elegant Jacobean-Revival Berkshire “cottage,” listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is open to the public yea round and is available for private rental.  Sarah Morgan was the sister of financier J. Pierpont Morgan.  Ventfort Hall has undergone substantial restoration, which continues.