2018 – 2019 Schedule

October 4 at 2:30 p.m.

“Dreaming in Cuban”
Abdo Ballester, Litchfield County resident and the star of Washington’s Summer Solstice celebration, knows Cuba firsthand since he born there and has memories of growing up in the glory days of the country and what it was like to return as an adult. Abdo is charming and colorful and will entertain as well as inform.



November 1 at 2:30 p.m.

“The Ghosts in Our Ocean: Protecting Marine Wildlife”
Elizabeth Hogan, Campaign Manager for Oceans & Wildlife at World Animal Protection will discuss her work on marine wildlife entanglement, whaling policy, marine wildlife in captivity, and illegal wildlife trade and the need for world animal protection.



December 6 at 2:30 p.m.

“Music for the Holiday Season”
Once again, to put everyone in the holiday spirit, the Forum will have a concert performed by musicians from the Waterbury Symphony.
*The December 6 meeting will be held at 2:30 p.m. St. Michael’s Church, South Street, Litchfield



January 10 at 2:30 p.m.

“Textile Conservation: A Changing Field for a Changing Art”
Meredith Wilcox-Levine, Conservator at the Textile Conservation Workshop in South Salem, will discuss the evolution of textiles from an under appreciated decorative arts to a growing appreciation as a fine art form. Ms. Wilcox-Levine holds an M.S. in Historical Costume and Textile Conservation from the University of Rhode Island and is a Member of the AIC and the Costume Society of America.



February 7 at 2:30 p.m.

“Circle of Friends”
Joe Cicio, a former monk, has had an amazing career in retail, first at Lord &Taylor, then Macy’s, and as CEO of I.Magnin in San Francisco. Along the way he forged new ideas and made extraordinary friends. He will discuss his career and his new book Friends* *Bearing Gifts, a tribute to the many interesting people he has encountered and the incredible collections he has amassed.



March 7 at 2:30 p.m.

“Women at the Top”
Myrna Blyth has had an extraordinary career in the magazine world. She was editor-in-chief of Ladies Home Journal for more than twenty years which set the standard for women’s magazines. She went on to found More magazine. She is now Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of AARP Media, overseeing AARP The Magazine, which is the largest magazine circulation in the world. She will talk about her career, the competitive world of magazines, and continuing to succeed when others have retired.



April 4 at 2:30 p.m.

“Renaissance & Baroque Artists of the Fair Sex”
Formerly of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, art historian, Veronique Sintobin Dulack, delivers an illustrated presentation of the female artists of the Renaissance and Baroque eras. What did it take for Sofonisba Anguissola (1535 – 1625), Lavinia Fontana (1552 – 1612) and Artemisia Gentelischi (1593 – 1652) to become professional painters? Their life stories and artistic production echo the creative trials of modern day female artists. Dulack will highlight the lasting impact of these legendary women.



May 2 at 2:30 p.m.

“The Glory of Peonies”
Dan Furman is the owner of Cricket Hill Garden, also known as the Peony Farm in Thomaston. He will talk about what makes this flower so popular, some of its history and origin, how to grow it, and how to enjoy it.



June 6 at 2:30 p.m.

The Annual Tea
This meeting, for members only, will be held at the home of Margot Wick, 127 South Street, Litchfield. We are grateful to our founding members for creating this grand tradition.


Floral arrangements partially underwritten by Colonial Greenhouse