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.

Our February Conversation: Artisans at Work: Farm to Table and Buying Local

Kimberly Thorn Milk House Chocolates
Kimberly Thorn of Milk House Chocolates

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes writer Joseph Montebello and four local businesses creating artisanal specialties in a conversation at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, February 2, beginning at 2:30pm. The focus of the discussion, titled “Artisans at Work: Farm to Table and Buying Local,”
will be on how their businesses have flourished and, to illustrate their talents, there will be produce and product for sale.

Savor Fine Foods is a micro-bakery specializing in unique handmade shortbread cookies, offering a variety of flavors that are “an extraordinary diversity,” according to owner/founder André Kreft, who grew up in Connecticut, and lived for many years in the San Francisco Bay Area working as a visual artist. He redirected his creativity towards food production when he returned to his home state.

The food career of Niles Golovin began in his teens, when he had the opportunity to work in the dining rooms of the “Borscht Belt” hotels. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America, he moved to New York City and spent the next fifteen years working in restaurants that were defining the New American Cuisine. Then the “Bread Revolution” evolved, and he wheedled his way into the bakery of Richard Bourdon, owner of Berkshire Mt. Bakery. He decided to open his own bakery, Bantam Bread, which has become a must-visit in Bantam.

Mark Palladino has an accounting and finance background, with an elementary education degree. His life took a very different turn when he became a certified organic farm apprentice in 2000 at Riverbank Farm in Roxbury and worked part-time with Pratt Nature Center as an educational instructor. In 2003 Wild Carrot Farm began, was certified organic after three years and grew to ten acres of vegetables, flowers, fruits, and herbs. WCF became a founding member of the Litchfield and Collinsville farmers’ markets and employs mostly local teenagers for its labor force.

Joanie Guglielmino, co-owner/operator of Jessie’s Restaurant from 1985-2000, has always been attracted to the plant world perhaps because both her mother and her grandfather were avid gardeners. She purchased most of her produce from Wild Carrot Farm and started working there for her veggies as a CSA workshare in 2008 when Mark Palladino started up a CSA program. She came on full-time in 2009 to help Mark manage the farm and has been there ever since.

Kimberly Thorn of Milk House Chocolates in Goshen is proud that they have been voted “Best in Connecticut” for 2015 and 2016. She describes her chocolates “Our Signature flavors are based on the fresh milk, cream and butter we make here at Thorncrest Farm. Pure ingredients equals pure simple pleasures.” She also offers cheese-making classes that have been well-received. Pictured is Kimberly Thorn with last year’s giant chocolate Easter egg.

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 January Speakers: Amy Claymore Paterson, Tim Abbott, and Richard Heys

richard-heys-tim-abbott-photo-1-5-17The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes three experts on the subject of Land Conservation in the Litchfield Area to speak about their own experiences at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, January 5, beginning at 2:30pm.

Amy Blaymore Paterson, Executive Director of the Connecticut Land Conservation Council, works with the CLCC Steering Committee to provide the Connecticut conservation community — including its 137+ land trusts — with technical assistance, training and advocacy for land conservation across the state. She previously served as a Project Manager for The Trust for Public Land, overseeing several complex conservation transactions, and worked as an attorney, concentrating on land preservation and environmental protection. She received a BA from Franklin & Marshall College and her law degree from the University of Denver. In recognition of her years of work in conservation, Amy was awarded the 2014 Women Inspiring Conservation in Connecticut Award, sponsored by The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, The Farm Service Agency and the Connecticut Association of Conservation Districts. An avid trail runner, when Amy isn’t helping to conserve land, she’s outside enjoying it.

Tim Abbott has been the Director of the Litchfield Hills Greenprint since 2006 and an employee of the Housatonic Valley Association (HVA) since 2008 when the Greenprint became a regional conservation partnership. During his tenure, the Litchfield Hills Greenprint Collaborative has facilitated more than 3,300 acres of protected land and leveraged more than $10,800,000 in public and private funding for these projects. He has been a conservation leader in New England since 1998, with prior positions as Director of The Nature Conservancy’s three state Berkshire Taconic Landscape Program and as a Program Director with the Trust For Public Land in Connecticut. He holds an MA from Clark University in International Development and a BA in English from Haverford College.

Richard Heys, President of the Litchfield Land Trust, has always liked the out-of-doors but was especially moved to appreciate humans’ place as part of the natural world by his backpacking experiences in the Sierra Nevada while living in California. It was only after retiring from a career in science (he has a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Stanford University and worked in pharmaceutical research) and moving to northwestern Connecticut that he had a real opportunity to act on his feelings about the importance of land preservation. He joined the board of the Litchfield Land Trust in 2011 and has served as president since 2015.

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.

Third Annual Holiday Concert

Steve DoyleThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield will return to St. Michael’s Parish in Litchfield for their third annual holiday concert starring New York jazz singer and pianist Steve Doyle. The Cabaret performance will be on Thursday, December 1, at 2:30pm at St. Michael’s Parish, 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield Green.

Steve Doyle is an active part of the New York jazz and cabaret scenes performing regularly at prestigious venues such as the Carlyle, Town Hall, Joe’s Pub and the Metropolitan Room. He is also invited to perform at jazz festivals, concerts and club engagements across the US and around the globe as both a leader and a sideman.

The list of noteworthy artists who request Steve’s services as a sideman currently include Marilyn Maye, Billy Stritch, Stacy Sullivan, Karen Oberlin, to name a few. In the past, Steve has shared the stage with Tony Desare, Bucky Pizzarelli, Dave Stryker, Gene Bertoncini, Kate McGarry, Steve Slagle, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Hilary Kole and many other noteworthy artists.

A recipient of numerous scholarships and awards, Steve was awarded a scholarship for study with John Clayton and Charlie Haden from the Milt Hinton Scholarship Fund Competition sponsored by the International Society of Bassists and was selected as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Bass Competition. He has two recordings to date – ‘Presence’ and ‘Home to You.’ His steady bookings in the New York area include Mondays at Birdland where he plays bass for Jim Caruso’s Cast Party and every Sunday at the Carlyle Hotel.

The concert 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 November Speaker: Sylvia Jukes Morris

Sylvia Jukes Morris The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes author Sylvia Jukes Morris and writer Joseph Montebello in a conversation at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 3, beginning at 2:30pm.

Sylvia Jukes Morris was born and educated in England, where she taught English literature before emigrating to America. She has not only written the two-volume life of Clare Boothe Luce, but also “Edith Kermit Roosevelt: Portrait of a First Lady.” She lives in New York City and Kent, Connecticut, with her husband, the writer Edmund Morris.

The beautiful, smart, ambitious and often tormented Clare Boothe Luce (1903-1987) chose Sylvia Jukes Morris to be her biographer, giving her copious interviews and unprecedented access to her letters, diaries, unpublished writings, scrapbooks, and photographs. “Price of Fame: The Honorable Clare Boothe Luce” is Morris’s critically acclaimed follow-up to “Rage for Fame: The Ascent of Clare Boothe Luce,” completing the story of an exceptionally brilliant polymath.

The book chronicles Luce’s progress from the early months of World War II, when, as a Congresswoman and only female member of the House Military Affairs Committee, she toured the Western Front, captivating generals and GIs. She even visited Buchenwald and other concentration camps within days of their liberation. After a shattering personal tragedy, she converted to Roman Catholicism, and became the first American woman to be appointed ambassador to a major foreign power. “La Luce,” as the Italians called her, was also a prolific journalist and magnetic public speaker, as well as a playwright, screenwriter, scuba diver, early experimenter in psychedelic drugs, and Grande Dame of the GOP in the Reagan era. Tempestuously married to Henry Luce, the powerful publisher of Time Inc., she endured his infidelities while pursuing her own, and remained a practiced vamp well into old age.

Fran Keilty, owner of The Hickory Stick, will be offering the book for sale following the presentation. 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 womensforumoflitchfield.org.