Death is foreshadowed in a walk of fate

In 1882 a young woman named Anna Dwight Baker wrote letters to her fiancé, the American Impressionist painter Julian Alden Weir. The letters seem to foreshadow her tragic death in 1893 due to complications following the birth of the couple’s third daughter Cora.

Local scholar and volunteer Bonnie Tremante will read excerpts of these letters as she leads a late afternoon walk at Weir Farm National Historic Site on Saturday, Nov. 8, as the cold, dying landscape, setting sun, and mystical evening atmosphere match Anna’s eerie sense of her own fate.

The walk, which will take place from 4 to 5, is free. Registration is required. To register for the Foreshadowing Fate Walk or for more information, call 203-834-1896 ext. 28.

Ms. Tremante 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 where she enjoys transcribing historic letters and presenting special interpretive programs.

The 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. His 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.