Our January 2020 Program:Author and Quilter Karen Griska brings a quilt trunk show

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Karen Griska, who will speak about some of the techniques she uses when choosing colors and designs and will be bringing 30 quilts for display to the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, January 9, beginning at 2:30pm.

Karen Griska photoKaren Griska of Litchfield has made over 300 original quilts. She will present some of her favorites, including quilts with thousands of pieces, optical illusion selvage quilts, and a Pine Burr quilt. Karen is an author, blogger, quilt pattern designer, and lecturer to quilt guilds. Her quilts have been featured in many books, magazines, museum exhibits and quilt shows. Karen loves the creative process and will share some thoughts that apply to all creative endeavors.

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.

Our December Program: Holiday Concert with Yale Musicians at St. Michael’s

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Yale music students Cellist Yun Han and Pianist Yun Janice Lu for an interlude of holiday music inside St. Michael’s Parish at 25 South Street, just off the Litchfield green, on Thursday, December 5, beginning at 2:30pm. The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door, which includes a High Tea reception.

Han the cellest for 12-5-19 Christmas concertBorn in Taiwan, Yun Hanmoved to the US in 2012 and is currently a Master of Music candidate at Yale School of Music. Han is a graduate of Colburn Conservatory and the Juilliard Pre­-College, where she studied with Minhye Clara Kim.  She is the Grand Prize winner of the New York Music Competition, and has received full scholarships to attend numerous summer music festivals such as Casalmaggiore International Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Great Mountain Music Summer Festival.

An active chamber musician, she has performed as a principal and section player with various orchestras, including the Colburn Orchestra, Juilliard Pre­-College Orchestra and Alachua County Youth Orchestra. Han is the winner of the inaugural WSO Young Artist Concerto Competition, which won her a solo appearance with the Waterbury Symphony.

Lu the pianist for 12-5-19 Christmas concertTaiwanese pianist Yun Janice Lu garnered considerable attention as one of the semi-finalists at the prestigious Geneva International Music Competition in Switzerland, in addition to winning the top prize in the senior division at the 2015 Music Teachers National Association Competition. Her victory at the PianoTexas Young Artists Concerto Competition resulted in a performance with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra that brought rave reviews from critics praising that “she captured Liszt’s style,” and “took full advantage of the fireworks.”

As a soloist, she has regularly appeared in recitals throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. She made her orchestral debut with the Taiwan Youth Orchestra and since then, she is frequently invited to perform at numerous renowned music festivals, including Walnut Hill Music Festival, Academie Internationale d’Ete de Nice, PianoTexas Festival and PianoFest in the Hamptons.   An avid chamber musician, she performs at concert series including Four Season Chamber Music Festival, Taos Chamber Music Festival, and Chamber Music Evergreen in Colorado. Janice has had the honor of working with prominent musicians such as members of the Tokyo String Quartet, Robert MacDonald, Peter Frankl, among many others. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at California State University Fullerton School of Music and is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree at the Yale School of Music.

Pictured are musicians Yun Janice Lu and Yun Han.

Our November Program:Medical Examiners: What they do and how their work affects the living

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes all to what promises to be a lively and informative program that will provide an overview of the work of the medical examiner’s office and its roles in the criminal justice and public health systems. The presentation will be held at the Litchfield Community Center at 421 Bantam Road in Litchfield on Thursday, November 7, beginning at 2:30pm.

Dr. James Gill photoDr. James Gill has been the Chief Medical Examiner of Connecticut since 2013. He has academic appointments at Yale, the University of Connecticut, and Quinnipiac University. He is a graduate of Litchfield High School, M.I.T., and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, did his pathology training at Yale and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and his forensic pathology fellowship at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiner. Prior to Connecticut, he was the Deputy Chief Medical Examiner for Bronx County in New York City. He has testified over 400 times as an expert in forensic pathology and lectured nationally and internationally on forensic pathology. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Forensic Sciences and Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology has published over 100 scientific articles and book chapters on a variety of forensic pathology topics.

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 womensforumoflitchfield.org.

Our October Program: Catherine Fields, Director of the Litchfield Historical Society

Catherine Fields photoThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Catherine Fields to speak on the subject “Beyond the Social Notes: Litchfield’s Remarkable Women of the Early 20th Century.” Throughout Litchfield’s history, the town has been home to a number of remarkable women. Residents in the early 20th century saw Litchfield women who piloted planes, authored books and fought hard for the right to vote. There were progressive educators, artists, Girl Scout leaders, and Red Cross volunteers, among many more notable women.

The program will be held at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, October 3, beginning at 2:30pm. 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 womensforumoflitchfield.org.