Wilburton Inn pAst Events
One of the joys of running a grand, country inn is throwing spectacular theme parties and sharing them with our guests and community. Below is a sampling of our past events.
NATIONAL NIGHT OF READINGS TO COMMEMORATE 80th ANNIVERSARY OF IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE by SINCLAIR LEWIS
In 1936 theaters across the country staged the original play simultaneously.
On Sunday, October 23 at 2:00 pm, the Manchester Players will hold a free public reading of the new stage adaptation of It Can’t Happen Here at the Wilburton Inn. It was based on the 1935 novel written by Sinclair Lewis. In 1936, the novel was adapted into a play and theatres across the country opened productions on the same night. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of those productions, regional theatres, universities, and communities across the country will read the new adaptation by Berkeley Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director Tony Taccone and screenwriter Bennett S. Cohen.
Written during the rise of fascism in Europe, Lewis’ darkly satirical It Can’t Happen Here follows the ascent of a demagogue who becomes president of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness. Witnessing the new president’s authoritarian tyranny from the sidelines is a liberal, middle-class newspaper editor from Vermont who is caught in the chaos of social upheaval.
“Lewis’ novel reads like it was ripped out of today’s headlines,” says Letitia Scordino, founder of MP. “Whether he’s describing Buzz Windrip, the demagogue who wins the presidency based on the promise of making our country great again, or Doremus Jessup, a liberal newspaper editor who simply waits too long to take Windrip seriously, Lewis’ understanding of our political system was precise and far reaching.”
The reading will take place at the Wilburton Innand will feature many local actors. It is free and open to the public. For more information contact the Wilburton Inn wilburton.com/manchesterplayers.
A Nationwide Reading is made possible thanks to the generous support of Barbara and Rodgin Cohen and Orin Kramer and is presented in cooperation with the Sinclair Lewis Estate.
"It Can't Happen Here", play by Sinclair Lewis and John Moffitt, was written in 1936 in protest to the political happenings at the time (not unlike today). It takes place in a small Vermont town just before presidential elections. It is a radio-style play with many characters. Local actors from the community will be included in this reading. Tajlei Levis, innkeeper at the Wilburton, asked me to find the play - she saw it in Manhattan at The Peccadillo and liked it. It is a powerful piece! When it was written in the 30's, it was performed around the US simultaneously in protest to the scary pre-WWII climate. Very like the scary climate today!!! I'm doing it here in Manchester for the same reasons! We've scheduled the reading on Sunday, Oct 23 at 2:00pm at the Wilburton.
CAVAPALOOZA CANINE COSTUME BALL!
SATURDAY, OCT. 29 2-4PM
ur 4-legged innkeeper Jetson is thrilled to welcome over 120 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels from across the USA to join our 2nd annual Canine Costume Ball!
Members of the Cavalier Brigade are coming from far and wide across America to meet up at the Wilburton Inn this weekend and bring their adorable dogs to Manchester.
(Stay tuned for the dog parade on Saturday morning thru Manchester Village!)
Local dog-friendly businesses have graciously donated prizes for the "sweetest costume" (Mother Myrick's Confectionary) "most literary costume" (Northshire Bookstore) "most historic costume" (Dorset Union Store) and best dog trick (Pets Etc.)
Wagatha's Dog Biscuit Company will give the grand prize and a prize for every 4-legged contestant!
THOROUGHLY MODERN MURDER:
A JAZZ AGE MYSTERY
Saturday, November 4, 2017
Cocktails, Dinner & Murder 6:30 - 11:00 pm
$60 for non-lodging guests
$50 for lodging guests and groups of 8 or more
Plus tax and 15% gratuity Call to reserve: 802-362- 2500
Get away with murder at the Wilburton Inn in Manchester, Vermont for the popular annual interactive murder mystery weekend November 4-6, 2016. Guests are invited to dress up and enjoy their inner Miss Marples and Sherlocks as they follow a cast of actors through the 1902 Wilburton mansion to solve the mystery at a glamorous Gilded Age wedding party on Saturday, November 5th at 6:30pm. Prizes will be awarded best sleuthing and most creative costume. Family Innkeeper and New York City playwright, Tajlei Levis uses the Wilburton’s rich history as inspiration for each year’s original mystery; however the plots and characters are fictional. Last year’s mystery saga, Thoroughly Modern Murder, took place in 1924, as the younger set rebeled against the restrictions of their Social Register elders, bringing the Gilded Age into the Jazz Age.
The cast included Brian Drutman (Grammy Award-winning Broadway cast album producer of hits including Wicked, Honeymoon in Vegas and An American in Paris), John Podhoretz (New York Post writer and Commentary editor) and local favorites: Theresa Kloos, Sheila Childs, Harvey Flaxman, Greg Cutler, Tina Cutler and Letitia Scordino.
SPRING TRANSFORMATION WEEKEND
WITH NYC HOME ORGANIZATION EXPERT, MAEVE RICHMOND
May 13 - 15, 2016
Maeve has helped us transform the Wilburton Inn this Spring and we are delighted to introduce her talents to our guests with this weekend package. Refresh your mind and spirit with an inspiring weekend of home organization tips and how-to’s with home organization expert, Maeve Richmond of Maeve’s Method.
- Lodging package from $175/night includes
- Complimentary Full Country Breakfast
- Saturday 10:00 am - 11:15 am ‘Ask The Expert’ talk.
Discover Maeve's top tips for how to spring clean your home.
Bring your questions - photos are welcome too!
Saturday 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm Spring Cleaning workshop to release the clutter from your home and life
For more information https://maevesmethod.com/events/
MOTHER'S DAY PACKAGE
May 6- 8, 2016
Mother's Day Weekend is a very special cause of celebration at the Wilburton Inn! Pamper your mom at our 2-night Mother's Day Special Package that includes:
- One complimentary luxurious Wilburton Inn spa bathrobe
- One delicious box of Pierre's award-winning chocolates
- Complimentary Mother's Day Brunch for 2
- Sparkling Mimosas for the ladies
- Saturday 4:00 - 5:30 family yoga class (followed by cocktails!) led by Boston Yoga pro Laura Sauter
- No pet fees for all the 4-legged children!
DECEMBER 11 - 13
DOGGIE SLUMBER PARTY
Join the Wilburton Inn's beloved four-legged innkeeper Jetson for a festive holiday weekend!
Pet fees are waived on all dog breeds for the weekend. Portraits will be taken in front of our grand Christmas Tree. Innkeeper Melissa Levis leads caroling and sing-alongs on Saturday from 1 - 5 pm.One lucky guest will even win 2 tickets to Sylvia on Broadway starring Matthew Broderick! $165 per night, no pet fees applied.
HISTORIC INN TOURS DECEMBER 11 - 13
Go back in time and discover the unique history and beauty of the 13 country inns of Manchester, Arlington and Dorset.
Sample holiday cookies and refreshments.
Hear innkeepers share their property's rich history.
All two night Wilburton Inn weekend guests receive two complimentary historic inn tour tickets. ($35 savings.) Innkeeper Melissa Levis will be leading sing-alongs and caroling at the Wilburton. All guests are invited to enjoy a community pot luck dinner for a small additional fee.
WANDERLUST AT STRATTON
June 18 - 21, 2015
The Wanderlust Festival at Stratton is an amazing celebration of wellness, bringing the world's best yogis to our backyard. Stay at the Wilburton while stretching your body and mind on the mountain. We're offering all Wanderlust guests staying two nights 10% off of lodging and a glass of wine to welcome you. Wanderlust guests may also have a directed tour through the Museum of the Creative Process. Find out more about the
Wanderlust events here. Namaste from the Wilburton family.
MANCHESTER ANTIQUE & CLASSIC CAR SHOW: CELEBRATING 30 YEARS!
June 11-June 12, All Day
Welcome all car enthusiasts! The premier Antique and Classic Car Show in Manchester & the Mountains, Vermont celebrates 30 years of the best antique and classic cars, food vendors and flea market in the northeast! 802-362-6313.
SAINT LAURENT FILM OPENING AND FRENCH FUSION DINNER SOIRÉE
SATURDAY, JUNE 13
FILM: 4:30 PM
RECEPTION: 7:00 PM
DINNER: 8:00 PM
Join the Wilburton Inn and Eons Creative for a festive summer evening starting with the debut screening of Saint Laurent at the Village Picture Shows Cinemas, followed by a WhistlePig whiskey-tasting and reception on the terrace of the Wilburton Inn, a houte couture inspired dinner menu, and a Yves Saint Laurent theme costume dance party. Prizes will be awarded for best costume and runway performance. Dinner reservations are recommended. Put on your silk pant-suits and your ascots and join the party! $35 per person, plus tax and service. Click here to purchase movie tickets. Click here for the dinner menu. Please call the Wilburton for reservations
Mother's Day Brunch
SUNDAY MAY 10, 11AM-1:30 PM
The Wilburton is happy to invite you to join us for Mother's Day Brunch. Celebrate the labor and love of our mothers, while enjoying the lovely spring view and the best cuisine in Vermont. Our globally inspired menu features the flavors of the Mediterranean, Austria, India, and of course Vermont. Click here to see the full menu. Complimentary sparkling cocktail for all mothers. Call for reservations! $28 per person, plus tax.
FAMILY HOLIDAY CONCERT
Sunday, December 28, 2014
4:00-6:00pm | $15
Cookies, tea and children's drinks & cash bar. Children under 2 free.
Come have a Sunday afternoon filled with fun at a concert featuring co-innkeeper Melissa Levis, who entertained 10,000 kids a year in New York City with her band, Moey’s Music Party! You bring the kids & your dancing shoes - Melissa will bring her sparkly guitar. Singalong with the entire family for this sparkle-tacular holiday concert. Instruments are provided for all guests who want to make their own kind of music!
NEW YEARS EVE DINNER & DANCING
Wednesday, December 31, 7:00 pm - 12:30 am | $65
Delicious dinner, Dancing, Champagne Toast & cash bar.
Ring in 2015 at your favorite Vermont Country Inn!
Dancing, champagne, food & friends. All welcome.
A Vermont themed gourmet dinner.
DOWNTON ABBEY SEASON PREMIERE DANCE AND DINNER PARTY
Saturday, January 3
7:00-10:00pm | $55
Dress up in your sparkles & tux and go back in time for a Downton Abbey Dinner Dance Party in our own country manor at the Wilburton Inn!
Manchester Designer Outlets and the Gold Trout join the Wilburton Inn for a glamorous evening of live music, ballroom dancing, themed cocktails, costume parade, Charleston lessons, and delicious food.
Feel like the Lord and Lady of the Manor at this extravagant party to celebrate the new season of the award-winning hit, Downton Abbey.
HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Celebrate the Holiday of Lights with the Wilburton Family. Join us to light Hanukkah candles in our grand living room, honoring that there is always light in the darkness. Bring your own Menorah or light with us. There will be a present for every child, young or old!
CHRISTMAS CAROLS AROUND THE FIRESunday, December 21, 2014
5:00-7:00pm FREE Reservations: 802-362-2500
Baby, it's cold outside. So join us for Christmas carols in front of the Wilburton Inn's toasty fireplace. Grammy Award Winner Brian Drutman will help us Deck the Halls and Winter Wonderland in Vermont!
Fireside Whiskey Tasting with Whistle Pig
Saturday, December 27, 2014
4:00-6:00pm FREE Reservations: 802-362-2500
Join the Wilburton Inn and Whistle Pig, Vermont's finest Whiskey distillery, for a fireside whiskey tasting, December 27th, 4-6 PM. Rated "One of the Best Whiskeys in the World", Whistle Pig is a proud promoter of sustainable agriculture and old time fun. Savor the Green Mountain's best Rye Whiskey in the comfort of the Wilburton Mansion. Guests are invited to join us for Dinner following the tasting. Please call to confirm reservations.
November 29 - January 3, 2015
From horse drawn sleigh rides to historic inn tours, wine tastings, caroling, Elf train rides, lighted tractor parades, and the Wilburton Inn's Moey's Music Party children's concert and Downton Abbey Dinner Dance Party, Manchester Merriment is a 6 week holiday celebration throughout the town of Manchester and the perfect way to celebrate the Vermont festivities of the season.
Click here to see all the wonderful programing at the Manchester Chamber of Commerce.
DRAMA & DESSERTS
The Monthly Nut (How Much Misery Does It Take To Be Happy?
Written & Performed by James Braley
Saturday, November 16, 2014
Cocktails: 7:30pm Performance: 8pm Discussion & Desserts: 9pm
Tickets: $20 Reservations 802-362-2500
This new (darkly) comic monologue asks: Can you love your lifestyle--without hating your life? As James seeks answers, he encounters a boss who worships Hitler, a closeted secret admirer/kidnapper, a movie star and a ghost. James Braly’s last monologue, the critically acclaimed Off-Broadway hit, “Life In A Marital Institution,” recently finished a 14-City National Tour presented by Meredith Vieira Productions, which has optioned it for television (trailer below).
James is the first two-time winner of The Moth GrandSlam, a contributor to This American Life, the writer and performer of the New York Times’ Critics Pick Off Broadway monologue Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour, and the author of Life in a Marital Institution: 20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Memoir, published by St. Martin’s Press. Click here to visit James' website
Broadway Breakfast & Sing-Along
Sunday, November 9, 2014
Broadway Sing-Along: 10:00am–11:00am
$20. Kids under 8, $10. Two and under free.
Join us for breakfast and a delightful Broadway singalong — from Annie to Zorba — featuring Brian Drutman, producer of more than 25 Broadway cast albums!
Murder in the Mountains:
The Million Dollar Movie
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Cocktails, Dinner & Murder 6:30 - 11:00 pm
$40 (only a few tickets left!)
Join us for a night of crime and passion in this historical murder mystery set when R.K.O. Pictures owned the Wilburton Inn. Dress up for a night of glamour and Hollywood secret scandals and starlets...
Directed by Sheila Childs, the cast includes Weston Playhouse favorites David and Charma Bonanno and New York City’s Brian Drutman.
Local actors Letitia Scordino will perform the role of the secretary who would do anything to be on stage; Harvey Flaxman will play the corporate lawyer; and Greg Cutler & Tina Cutler will the bumbling song and dance team, Fred & Pepper.
Guests are invited to “put on the Ritz” and dine with the characters, have a screen test, learn a dance number, compare clues and try to solve the mystery. Prizes will be offered for the best dressed couple, best screen-test and the most clever detective.
BREAKFAST & BOOKS
Sunday, November 2, 2014,
Breakfast 8:00 - 10:00 am
Reading & Meet The Author 10:00 - 11:00 am
Author Roselle Chartock discusses her new non-fiction book, Windsor Mountain School, about the first co-ed integrated boarding school founded at the Wilburton Inn and later relocated in Berkshire Country.
Max and Gertrud Bondy previously ran their school in Germany, but their Jewish heritage and progressive philosophies made them a target of the Nazi regime. They were forced to sell their school in Germany and start anew in America. The Wilbur’s fortune was declining and they were happy to lease the Wilburton Mansion to the Bondys as the American home for their school. Families, including the Belafontes, Poitiers and Campanellas, were attracted to the school for its multicultural and international curriculum.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast at the Wilburton Inn followed by the author's reading and discussion of the book. Signed copies of Windsor Mountain School will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of the Northshire Bookstore.
HALLOWEEN COSTUME BALL!
Friday, October 31, 2014
Dancing, Karaoke, Eats & Treats
6:30 - 11:00pm $35
Dress up for a fabulous Halloween Evening at the Wilburton Inn! We are excited to welcome Vermont's best Karaoke DJ's to lead the fun. Prizes for best dancing, best costume and spook-tacular fun! Call 802.362.2500 for reservations.