Our December Program: Music for the Holiday Season

SONY DSCThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield returns to St. Michael’s Church, 25 South St. in the center of Litchfield, on Thursday December 6th at 2:30 PM for our musical Holiday program. This year we feature two talented women from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra who will be playing holiday songs from medieval times to current melodies.

Amy Jones is a violinist/violist who has been playing with the Waterbury Symphony for 23 years. She is also involved with the WSO’s educational programs as a String Mentor with the programs at the Waterbury Arts Magnet School, Chase Collegiate and is a teaching artist in the WSO’s “Bravo Waterbury” Program. She has worked with the Musical Readers Program for young children since its inception and serves as a liaison between the WSO and program sites.

Rebecca Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and M.M. from the Yale School of Music. She has been the recipient of many awards and merit-based scholarships over the years. In recent years Ms. Patterson has focused on the Connecticut community as Principal Cellist of the New Haven Symphony and Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, instructor of cello at UCONN Storrs and teacher and chamber music coach through out the state.

After the performance please join us in the Community House next door for tea and refreshments. The guest fee is $10 and all are welcome.

Our November Program: The Ghosts in Our Oceans: Preserving Marine Wildlife

Elizabeth HoganThe 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, November 1, 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.

Our October Program : Abdo Ballester with “Cuban Memories”

Abdo Ballester photo October 2018The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a
lively and informative program entitled “Cuban Memories” that will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield
on Thursday, October 4, and beginning at 2:30pm.

Abdo Ballester knows Cuba firsthand, having been both born there and
growing up in the glory days of the country. He will share his memories
and talk about what it was like returning as an adult and how it has
changed.

Ballester makes Washington, Connecticut his home, where he is a
trustee of the Washington Art Association. He is the star of the town’s
Summer Solstice celebration with his famous Mojitos. He is also a member
of the board of trustees of the Cuban Artist Fund in New York City and
is a representative to the United Nations for the Foundation for the
establishment of an International Criminal Court. He is the retail
manager for The Mayflower Grace Inn and Spa in Washington, Connecticut.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. For  more information please call
 860-567-3966 or email  info@womensforumoflitchfield.org.