Foreshadowing Fate Walk at Weir Farm National Historic Site
Contact: Registration Line, 203-834-1896 ext. 28
On Saturday, November 9 from 3:00 to 4:00 pm, take a late afternoon walk through the autumn landscape of Weir Farm National Historic Site with local scholar and volunteer Bonnie Tremante as she reads excerpts of historic letters written in 1882 to artist Julian Alden Weir from his young fiancée Anna Dwight Baker. These letters foreshadow Anna’s tragic death in 1893 due to complications caused by the birth of Julian and Anna’s third daughter Cora. Anna's eerie sense of her own fate is reflected in the autumn’s cold, dying landscape, setting sun, and mystical evening atmosphere so chillingly described in Anna’s own words. There is no fee to participate in the walk, but registration is required and space is limited. To register for the Foreshadowing Fate Walk or for more information, please call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.
Bonnie Tremante graduated with a B.A. in English from Pennsylvania State University, an M.A. in Reading and Language Arts from Montclair University, and earned a Humanities and Writing Certificate of Advanced Study from Wesleyan University. She taught for 14 years in the Wilton Public School system in the English Department and continues to explore her love of literature and art by volunteering at Weir Farm National Historic Site where she enjoys transcribing historic letters and presenting special interpretive programs.
Weir Farm National Historic Site was home to three generations of American artists. Julian Alden Weir, a leading figure in American art and the development of American Impressionism, acquired the farm in 1882. After Weir, the artistic legacy was continued by his daughter, painter Dorothy Weir Young and her husband, sculptor Mahonri Young, followed by New England painters Sperry and Doris Andrews. Today, the 60-acre park, which includes the Weir House, Weir and Young Studios, barns, gardens, and Weir Pond, is one of the nation’s finest remaining landscapes of American art. For more information about Weir Farm National Historic Site or the National Park Service, please visit www.nps.gov/wefa or call 203-834-1896.