The Beechwood BFDs

What's the BFD?

The BFD is a series of Ben Franklin Dinners. They are modeled after the Junto, a club that Benjamin Franklin started for "mutual improvement" of the self, the community and society in 1727, when our Copper Beech tree was just a sapling, and just eighty years before Beechwood was built. In Benjamin Franklin’s Junto, the same people met on Fridays to share ideas and to find ways to support each other. They also focused on Franklins 13 virtues to set personal goals.


Why the BFDs?

The Beechwood BFD series was inspired by feedback from several patrons who participated in the “Idea Dinners” and several who enjoyed the Community Conversations at our salons.  They expressed interest in making meaningful  connections with others of diverse backgrounds with a common desire to explore and learn, and also to have more opportunity  to enjoy Beechwood as the home it has been for 211 years.

How Do the BFDs Work?

In the spirit of Franklin's Junto, the BFDs will be held on selected Fridays, 7-9:30pm. The guests at the table (12-16 max)  will represent a diverse cross-section of cultures & generations as well as a mix of professions from the arts, science, business, civics and education. Unlike Franklin's Junto, the guests and topics  will change with each dinner. Each BFD begins with an arrival toast and a bite followed by a short artistic or music performance. Guests then take their place around one large table in the Dining Room where dinner will be served and the guided conversation will begin around the evening's topic. The subjects explored will be timely and relevant to all.

The Purpose of the BFD's...

  1. To create connection & community through respectful discussion and sharing of ideas 

  2. To promote openness and collaboration between people of different generations, perspectives and cultures

  3. To promote individual self-reflection and ideas for the betterment of oneself, the community and society as a whole

  4. To expand the idea and understanding about how the arts can play a role in important issues in the 21st century

What Do I Bring To The Dinner?

Admission to the dinners is a donation of a "Benjamin" ($100). At each dinner, 4 spots are reserved for working Artists, Musicians and Performers who may bring an “Alternative Benjamin" of a 5x7 visual art piece inspired or including Ben Franklin's image, life or philosophy or a short performance inspired by Benjamin Franklin.

Because seats are limited, any cancellation 3 weeks or less before the event are non-refundable.


A select group of artists can bring a 5”x7” artwork inspired by Benjamin Franklin or do a short performance in place of the $100.

Please contact us by email HERE.

Reservations for 2018 coming soon!

Join the BFD Network, and host your own BFD, with Jeanine and Frederic facilitating the intimate and lively conversation. All participants will be eligible to participate in the annual Community Ideation session at Beechwood!

"What's the BFD?", why we are doing it, how it works, and why it’s so special.

Read below!

We hope you will consider joining us for one of the BFD's. Reservations for all are open now and spaces are limited to 16 people per Dinner (see below for reservation details and dates).

See news of our past BFD below.

BFD #1 - EmpathyPages/BFD1.html
BFD #2 - MentorshipPages/BFD2.html
BFD #3 - Giving VoicePages/BFD3.html
BFD #4 - InclusionPages/BFD3.html