2017 Holiday Concert

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes flutist Jennifer Berman and harpist Susan Knapp Thomas to perform a special holiday concert at St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield Green on Thursday, December 7, beginning at 2:30pm.

Jennifer Berman

Jennifer Berman, flutist, began studying the flute at age seven in South Florida. She attended the North Carolina School of the Arts where she received both her High School diploma and Bachelor of Music degree as a student of Philip Dunigan. She then studied at the Manhattan School of Music for her Master of Music degree.

After freelancing in New York, she became a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, where she was co-principal for 2 years. She moved to Connecticut in 1994, where she performs with many area orchestras, including the Hartford Symphony, Waterbury Symphony, Connecticut Virtuosi, Norwalk Symphony and New Britain Symphony. Jennifer performs chamber music as a member of the Harmonia V Woodwind Quintet, a group that focuses on new and rarely heard works.

Susan Knapp Thomas Susan Knapp Thomas, harpist, received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Eastman School of Music, and is a well-known Chamber, Orchestral and Solo Concert Artist and teacher throughout Connecticut and Southern New England. She has enjoyed a long relationship with the Hartford Symphony, and was their featured concerto soloist in 2008, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with principal flutist, Grieg Shearer.

She also plays regularly for the Rhode Island Philharmonic, is Principal Harpist for the Waterbury Symphony, and performed as harpist for the U.S. Coast Guard Band from 1987-2002. Ms. Thomas regularly plays shows for the Goodspeed Opera House, in addition to touring shows for the Bushnell and the Shubert Theaters in Hartford and New Haven, CT.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our November Program: “Can Science Slow Aging”

Bill Gifford
Bill Gifford is a contributing editor for Outside Magazine. His previous book was called Ledyard: In Search of the First American Explorer.

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “Can Science Slow Aging” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 2, beginning at 2:30 pm.

Speaker Bill Gifford, the author of Spring Chicken: Stay Young Forever (Or Die Trying) will lead the audience on a personal investigation into the science of aging, from wrinkles and baldness to the innermost workings of human cells. He will separate the wheat from the chaff as he exposes hoaxes and scams foisted upon an aging society.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our October Program: “Being Your Best Self”

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “Being Your Best Self” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, October 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

Facilitator Joseph Montebello will lead the discussion about the latest methods for optimal health and beauty at any age, and the changing attitudes towards aging. The panel includes four professionals in their various fields of expertise.

Alicia ZalkaDr. Alicia D. Zalka received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, and graduated with honors from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine. She is board certified by the American Board of Dermatology and is a Clinical Attending at the Yale University Department of Dermatology, and also on staff at Danbury Hospital and New Milford Hospital.

Dr. Amir NasirDr. Amir Nasir is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery who specializes in all aspects of cosmetic surgery including facial rejuvenation, breast surgery, body contouring, fat transfers (including Brazilian butt lifts) and liposuction. Another area that interests him is cosmetic surgery for men who have their own distinct needs and approaches to surgery.

Carla Angevine, MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and is the Clinical Nutrition Manager at Charlotte Hungerford Hospital in Torrington, where she is responsible for providing Medical Nutrition Therapy to inpatients and Intensive Behavioral Nutrition Counseling to outpatients. She has been active in CHH’s community initiative; Fit Together and developed an eight week nutrition and movement program for at-risk children. She is also a certified health coach and fitness instructor.

Tonya BenvenutiTonya Benvenuti, General Manager of Litchfield Athletic Club, has been in the Fitness industry for 17 years. Her main focus is “on the whole body, and to keep people moving!”

 

 

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-567-3966 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

A Letter from the President

September 2017

Dear Members and Friends,

As we begin our 104th year, we might pause for a moment to say
“Thanks” to all our previous Boards and members who have kept this dynamic organization going for so long.

As we begin this new year we also thank Joseph Montebello, and his program committee, for a season which will have something of interest for everyone: how to keep ourselves healthier and looking better – inside and out (October, November & February), to a bit of music for the Holidays (December), what’s happening in the world around us, (January & March) and some history (April & May).

To close the year we look forward to the Members’ Tea at the beautiful home of Dale & Quentin Ryan.

Please renew your membership today (envelope enclosed) and think of new friends who would also like to be a part of this wonderful organization. Let the Membership Chairman know, or send the details to: info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

A reminder, we are now a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Mark your calendars for the first Thursday of the month, beginning October 5th, and see you then.

With all best wishes,

Bibby Veerman
President

Our May Program: ‘The Two Eleanors’

Kathryn Boughton (photo: Lisa Weir)

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Kathryn Boughton for a program at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, May 4, beginning at 2:30pm.

Kathryn Boughton is a veteran journalist in the tristate region, having worked for three regional newspapers, as managing editor of both The Lakeville Journal and The Litchfield County Times, and in her current capacity as a correspondent for the Republican-American. She has an abiding interest in history and is Town Historian in North Canaan, where she has established and is director of the Canaan History Center, a research center for family and Northwest Corner history.

In her talk, “A Tale of Two Eleanors,” she will explore the similarities between the lives of Eleanor of Aquitaine and Eleanor Roosevelt, powerful women who stood at the center of the world’s stage some eight centuries apart.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Women’s Forum Presents “An Artist’s Story” As Lived by Danielle Mailer

Danielle Mailer
Photo by: Steven Sussman

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes renowned painter and muralist Danielle Mailer for a program at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, April 6, beginning at 2:30pm. Danielle Mailer is the daughter of Peruvian painter Adele Morales and writer Norman Mailer, and will be speaking about their influences on her while forging her own impressive career.

In her own words, “Part autobiographical, part mythological and spiritual, Danielle Mailer’s figures combine threads of her consciousness in a joyful explosion of pattern and color.” Anyone who has seen the blue lion at the Salisbury library or the fabulous forty-foot-long Fish Tales mural in downtown Torrington knows firsthand of that joyful explosion.

She received her BA from Bowdoin College and studied at both the New York Studio School and the School of Visual Arts. In the last half a decade she has completed three site-specific public artworks in Torrington and Salisbury, with the help of grants from Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism, National Endowment for the Arts and Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.

Mailer also installed three indoor wall pieces for Boston Children’s Hospital’s new wing and has shown in galleries and museums throughout North America. She was honored with a retrospective at the Mattatuck Museum with over 40 of her works on display. She was also part of a traveling retrospective of Provincetown artists titled “The Tides of Provincetown” at the New Britain Museum of American Art.

She is represented by the Berta Walker Gallery in Provincetown and The White Gallery in Lakeville and has her own gallery/ studio in Goshen, CT. She is Litchfield Magazine’s two-time recipient of the “50 Most Influential People” of 2010 and 2012 in Litchfield County.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our March Program: ‘Welcome to the Soaps’

Peter T. RichThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Peter T. Rich for a program entitled “Welcome to the Soaps” at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, March 2, beginning at 2:30pm. Mr. Rich, one of the premier soap opera writers in the business, will relate what it’s like to create characters and dialog – a behind-the-scenes look at what really goes on. He has written for soap operas for over twenty-eight years.

Born in Atlanta, Peter moved to New York as an aspiring comedy writer. After hearing that Bob Hope was looking for comedy writers, he moved to California, convinced he and his partner would somehow get the job writing for Bob Hope. They did and, at 25 years old, were the youngest writers Hope ever hired. Peter worked for Hope until a writer’s strike, using that as an excuse to move back to New York. It was during that time soap operas were introducing humor to stay relevant. He and his partner were hired to write scripts for the old NBC soap, The Doctors.

Thanks to his acerbic wit and quick mind, Peter has penned some of the most memorable lines in television for Santa Barbara, All My Children, Days of Our Lives, and Passions. He has won six Emmys, as well as numerous Writers’ Guild Awards. Although most of the soaps are gone, they live on in the minds of all the fans who spent those afternoons glued to their TV screens.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception. The contacts for more information are 860-605-7207 and info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.