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Fierce Females Band Together to Alleviate Winter Blues

By Shawna Kitzman

Does winter last half the year? Sometimes, that’s how it feels.

The dark days that start in early November trigger some internal clock that make me want to get under the covers at 8:30pm. Which is about 15 minutes after we tuck our kids in. Maybe that feeling of exhaustion is due to the rhythms of the season and sun. Maybe it’s a byproduct of my full life. Or both?

I write this as my 2-year old battles my laptop with a foam roller, and my middle daughter narrates an episode of Blue Earth that we’ve seen one too many times, and my oldest daughter chills quietly by my side.

The days may be short, but Jam Program makes the most of them to alleviate winter blues!

In January, we hosted a Jam & Drinks in Hartford to help pull other women out of winter doldrums. Jam & Drinks is a new event, meeting up at local businesses. We were delighted to mingle with old friends and new ladies at Hog River Brewery.

These ladies braved the biting cold to meet one another and share ideas, struggles, and hustles. Also, we served home-made cookies!

Fun fact: Hog River is owned by a couple Joy and Ben Braddock, and we aim to support-female owned local businesses whenever possible.

Speaking of female-owned businesses, our February Jamboree co-hosted with Nomi Ellenson of Boudoir by Nomi was a blast. What was the secret Jam sauce? It might’ve been the creative vibe of her Brooklyn photography studio, her make-up artist Jane, who provided complementary touch-ups, or Nomi’s laid back, pro-woman attitude that set the tone.

We warmed up from the bitter cold with rich conversations and sharing of ideas, while topping off glasses of Cabernet…and whiskey. Cozy!

Next up – and hopefully the farewell to winter event – is our March 10 Moms Demand Action – and Brunch! Jamboree. We’re co-hosting with the fierce lawyer/mom/activist/general delight Kate Martin, founder the Hartford Chapter of Moms Demand Action, and a few great ladies dedicated to making Connecticut safer from gun violence through common sense gun laws. We’ll take a few minutes out from networking to learn about this non-partisan group over coffee, mimosas, and bagels.

Register here if you haven’t yet – tickets are selling so don’t wait too long!

Kate Martin (left), with two of her children, her mom (center), fellow activists and Senator Chris Murphy demonstrate that it takes a village to get things done.

Kate Martin (left), with two of her children, her mom (center), fellow activists and Senator Chris Murphy demonstrate that it takes a village to get things done.

Lastly, check out this interview that Nan Price did with Shawna of Jam Program, for local blog Innovation Destination Hartford. Thanks for featuring us, Nan!