Our May Program: “The Glory of Peonies” by Dan Furman

Dan Furman Peony Farm photo 5-2-19

The Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Dan Furman to speak about the origin and history of some very special flowers at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, May 2, beginning at 2:30pm.

Dan Furman is co-owner of Cricket Hill Garden, a specialty nursery and
forest farm in Thomaston, CT founded by his parents Kasha and David
Furman in 1989 with a focus on Chinese tree peonies. It was one of the
first nurseries in the United States to sell true-to-name varieties of
these rare plants.

Over the last 25 years, they have transformed a rocky, wooded hillside
into a 6-acre peony display garden called Peony Heaven. The cultivars
selected to propagate and offer for sale are those that are outstanding
in hardiness, vigor, color, form or fragrance.

After Dan joined the business, he has taken the lead in diversifying
Cricket Hill Garden’s offerings to include hardy fruit trees and berries
for edible landscaping. In 2013, Cricket Hill planted a demonstration
orchard with Asian pears, pawpaws, persimmons, quinces, heirloom apples
and medlars and are proud that all plants are grown without the use of
any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

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 April Program: Illustrated Program about Legendary Female Artists

Veronique Dulack photoThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Véronique Dulack to speak about female artists of the Renaissance and Baroque eras at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, April 4, beginning at 2:30pm.

Véronique Sintobin Dulack, AAA was born and raised in Belgium where she obtained a Masters’ Degree in Art History and Archaeology at the University of Louvain. She has been working in the field of Art History since 1976 starting as researcher and later as an independent curator until moving to the United States in 1986.

In 1987 she became a Research Associate in the Department of European
Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, working on the museum’s
holdings of Early Netherlandish and Northern Renaissance Paintings,
which is the largest collection in the field outside of Belgium.

For 17 years, she taught Art History and Art Appreciation at the
Waterbury Campus of the University of Connecticut, and specifically a
course on the topic of Feminism and the Arts. Her scholarly research
focuses on the history of collections and commerce of Old Masters during
the 19th century. She is a Certified Appraiser of Fine and Decorative
Arts of the Appraisal Association of America, providing appraisals for
estate, insurance and charitable contributions purposes.

The event will be open to non-Forum members with a $10 fee at the door,
which includes a High Tea reception. The contact for more information
is 860-567-3966 .

Our March Program:Gerri Griswold to speak on the  subject “Iceland Through my Heart”

Gerri Griswold photoThe Women’s Forum of Litchfield welcomes Gerri Griswold to speak on the subject “Iceland Through my Heart” at the Litchfield Community Center, 421 Bantam Road, Litchfield, CT on Thursday, March 7, beginning at 2:30pm.

Gerri Griswold is Director of Administration and Development at The White Memorial Conservation Center in Litchfield, Connecticut. She has handled bats for twenty-seven years as a wildlife rehabilitator and
educator and is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non releasable bats and more recently, porcupines for education.

Over the years Griswold and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs
to libraries, classrooms, Scout troops and organizations like the
National Park Service and the Yale Peabody Museum. They have appeared on
the cover of The Weekly Reader and produced a segment about bats for The
Late Show with David Letterman. Griswold was featured in “Seasons of
Connecticut” by Diane Smith, published by Globe Pequot Press, released
in June 2010. Griswold also serves as the morning voice of traffic on
WTIC AM and WZMX FM. Griswold began traveling to Iceland in 2002 when
the Elves and Hidden People called her to the Land of Fire and Ice.
Since then she has visited Iceland 49 times. In 2010 she launched a
travel company, Krummi Travel LLC, which takes small groups of
extraordinary adults on extraordinary trips to Iceland.

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.