Cherished by Friends since 1982, the Luncheon-Lectures Series has provided many afternoons of warm reconnection and opportunities to hear engaging speakers. One of the hardest challenges the Friends board has faced this year is what to do about this popular series in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Luncheon-Lectures committee put together nine wonderful talks for the 2020–2021 series, but because of the pandemic we face an uncertain year. Since large in-person gatherings will not be feasible this fall, we will offer two free lectures in a virtual format—see listings below. Preregistration will be required to access the online program.

When registration opens later this summer, we will send an email with instructions on how to sign up. If you would like to be notified when registration opens, please make sure that we have your email address. We can’t contact you without it. Please send your name and email address as soon as possible to staff@foamadison.org.

We encourage you to share this exciting programming with friends and family. For a change, we won’t have to worry about limiting attendance because of table and room space!

Fall 2020 Luncheon-Lectures

Monday, October 19, 2020
Traditional Uses for Native Plants: Is Increased Health Growing All Around You? – Jane Hawley Stevens

Most people know plantain, Plantago major, can help soothe bee stings, but most don’t know the cornucopia of remedies growing in the wilds of Wisconsin. Plants are used around the world relieve most ailments, but here we have lost that tradition of reaching for an herb first. See how easy it is to increase wellness using what nature has provided and learn remedies used successfully throughout cultures and time. Jane is the founder of Four Elements Herbals. She was named 2020 Organic Farmer of the Year.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Four Seasons on a Wisconsin Cranberry Farm – Ron Kuehn

Nearly 40 percent of all cranberries grown in the world are harvested from Wisconsin cranberry marshes. More than 50 years of UW research has been critical to the development of cranberry hybrids and sustainable growing techniques. Vilas Cranberry Company annually produces four to five million pounds of this tart red fruit on its 183-acre northern Wisconsin farm. Farm activities during all four seasons of the year are critical to harvest success. The arrival of the honeybee pollinators in early summer, the fall harvest flood, and the ice beds formed by the winter flood are just a few of the unique seasonal components essential to the successful cultivation of this unique Wisconsin perennial. Ron is co-owner of Vilas Cranberry Company.