Our February Program: “A Life in Fashion and Beyond”

Ron LealThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “A Life in Fashion and Beyond” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, February 1, beginning at 2:30pm.

Ron Leal is known for his innate style and was in the fashion business for over thirty years, beginning with his boutique on Madison Avenue where socialites the likes of Lee Radziwill and Mica Ertegun bought his designs. A move to Seventh Avenue eventually led to his eponymous label where he created high-end sportswear in the tradition of Giorgio Armani and Michael Kors. He then moved to Vancouver where once again he made fashion headlines with his clothes.

Since leaving the fashion arena, Leal has made his home in Litchfield and has channeled his creativity to many local causes: He has worked on Oliver Wolcott Library’s Festival of Trees, created fashion shoots for Litchfield Magazine, staged fashion shows for charities, and most prominently, is the creative force behind Litchfield Community Center’s annual Summerfest.

His pre-fashion life is just as colorful. Born in Hanford CA, he made a trip on the Nile at 18, worked at Woburn Abbey in England; modeled for Italian designer Walter Albini, worked for London’s most fashionable boutique Brown’s. He has lived in Venice, Milan, and Greece in addition to London. He graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and acted on various stages. He will talk about his career in fashion and how to dress without spending a fortune, sound advice peppered with personal stories from his illustrious career.

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 January Program: “The Ghosts in our Oceans: Preserving Marine Wildlife”

Elizabeth HoganUPDATE: Elizabeth Hogan will be invited to present her program during the 2018-2019 season.

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program entitled “The Ghosts in our Oceans: Preserving Marine Wildlife” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, January 4, 2018 beginning at 2:30pm.

Elizabeth Hogan is the Program Manager for Oceans and Wildlife with World Animal Protection, where she specializes in marine wildlife entanglement in addition to work on marine debris, illegal wildlife trade, whaling policy, and wildlife in captivity. For the last five years she has researched the impact of derelict fishing gear on marine mammals and worked on establishing rescue networks and protocols for entangled marine life. She has previously worked with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) on protective policies and fishing gear modification for the conservation of North Atlantic Right Whales.

Prior to working in the animal welfare sector, Elizabeth developed fifteen years of experience with government, corporate, and non-profit organizations, including four years as a consultant on climate change, deforestation policy, and sea level rise. She has also worked in ecotourism development in Ecuador and with the Camara de Industrias of Costa Rica to assist Central American businesses in adopting environmentally sustainable business practices.

Elizabeth is a contributing author to two books on corporate social responsibility. She has a degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a dual Master of Science in Marine & Coastal Natural Resources and a Master of Science in Sustainable Development from the University for Peace in Costa Rica and American University in Washington, DC.

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.

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