Anticipating WinterFest

Looking Forward to WinterFest (formerly Intersession)

A gentle silence often fills the shortened days of the new year. For many of us, the sense of isolation that comes with the quiet cold of January promises to be heightened this year by the confinement of the pandemic. If ever there was a winter to gather and enjoy a stimulating WinterFest program, this is it. Fortunately for us, Irene Esposito, LLI Curriculum Committee member and long-time committee secretary, has assembled just such a program.

Dr. Michael Weinstock
Martine van Hamel

Who Made It Happen

Working with Anne Sunners, Curricular and Special Programs Chair, and helped by WinterFest producers Bob Blacker, Anne Brueckner, Jane Diamond, Jay Hochstadt, Greg Rafferty, Cathy Reinis, and Leslie Weinstock, Irene Esposito thoughtfully gathered a rich array of presentations that should appeal to our members.

What and When

WinterFest 2021 comprises nine varied and interesting Zoom presentations that run for five consecutive Wednesdays beginning January 6th, continuing on the 13th, 20th, and 27th, and concluding on February 3rd. Early sessions start at 11:00 a.m. and run until 12:30 p.m. Afternoon sessions begin at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m.

Rabbi Jonathan Kligler, photo by Franco Vogt
Julia Solow

New Presenters

This year, three new-to-Bard LLI presenters will be sharing their work with us: Martine van Hamel, retired ballerina and a co-founder of Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, will present a program on her life in dance; Julia Solow, social worker and labor organizer, will show the documentary Care and discuss the long-term care system; and Sarah Wassberg Johnson, Director of Exhibits and Outreach at Hudson River Maritime Museum, will speak on Women Lighthouse Keepers of the Hudson.

Returning Presenters

Returning to LLI to share their knowledge and passion will be several of our most popular presenters: LLI member, Dr. Michael Weinstock, will discuss The Anatomy of a Plane Crash: Avianca 52; Donald Frasier, educator at Mills Mansion, will tell us about Servants of the Gilded Age; Rabbi Jonathan Kligler of the Woodstock Jewish Congregation will speak on The Parable of the Good Samaritan Through a Jewish Lens; Gary Kvistadt will share The Secret Formula of Woodstock Chimes; Mark Lytle, retired Bard professor of history will explore The Politics Of Climate Change with his audience; and Lauren Rose, Bard professor of mathematics, will, as always, entertain with a math presentation.

Mark Lytle
Gary Kvistadt, photo courtesy of Daily Freeman

Details to Follow

The WinterFest catalog, with full presentation descriptions and other relevant details, will be available to members in the first week of December. There will be no registration required, and LLI members may invite a friend.