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Wilson College World Travel Film and Dinner Series Goes to Cuba

Posted: September 28, 2010

9/28/2010 Long off-limits to Americans, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and its capital, Havana, is the most beautiful and beguiling of Caribbean cities. In “Cuba: A Road Trip from Havana to Santiago de Cuba,” documentary filmmaker Marlin Darrah takes armchair travelers on walking and driving tours of this tragically beautiful place through the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, opening on Tuesday, Oct. 19.
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DATE: Sept. 28, 2010
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003
Email: kathy.lehman@wilson.edu


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – Long off-limits to Americans, Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and its capital, Havana, is the most beautiful and beguiling of Caribbean cities. In “Cuba: A Road Trip from Havana to Santiago de Cuba,” documentary filmmaker Marlin Darrah takes armchair travelers on walking and driving tours of this tragically beautiful place through the Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series, opening on Tuesday, Oct. 19.

The evening will include a buffet dinner of dishes representative of cuisine from Cuba at 6 p.m. in Laird Hall, followed by a film and lecture by Darrah at 7 p.m. in Thomson Hall’s Alumnae Chapel.

The dinner menu includes: ensalada de aguacate y pina (avocado and pineapple salad), frijoles negros (Cuban black beans), ropa vieja (Cuban flank steak), crushed potatoes, and torticas de moron (lime sugar cookies).

Reservations are required for the dinner and tickets must be purchased at least one week in advance. Tickets for the dinner are: $18.25 per meal for adults, senior citizens and students ages 10 to 18; and $11 for children under 10.

Darrah begins by taking viewers on a walking tour of Old Havana, which has some of the best Spanish colonial architecture in the Americas, including: La Real Fuerza Castle, finished in 1582, with its 20-foot-thick and 30-foot-high walls; and the city’s most important plaza, the Plaza de Armas, laid out in 1519 and ringed by wonderful Spanish colonial architecture, such as the Palace of the Governors.

West of Havana is the Pinar del Rio Province and the lovely Vinales valley. A Caribbean island version of Yosemite, it features the most spectacular scenery in all Cuba. Darrah also takes viewers to one of Cuba’s oldest cities, Trinidad; as well as Santiago, the most Africanized of Cuba’s cities; and the southeast coast

with its gorgeous beaches, including one called Daiquiri where the famous drink was invented.

Other stops along the way include: the sugar plantations and colorful towns of Cienfuegos and Camaguey, the Bay of Pigs and the vibrant carnival city of Santiago de Cuba in the southeast corner of the island.

Darrah’s 30 years of production experience have taken him to more than 130 countries worldwide, yielding more than 70 documentary and travel-adventure programs to date. PBS, the History Channel, Discovery Channel, CNN, FOX, CBS, ABC, TBN and MTV all have aired Darrah’s international footage or programs.

Recently Darrah wrote, directed and produced an acclaimed dramatic feature film, “Monsoon Wife,” in Cambodia. His productions have screened and won awards at more than 15 national and international film festivals in Rome, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, British Columbia, Florida, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.

Tickets to the film and lecture are $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors, $2.75 for children ages 10 to 18; children under 10 get in free. Seating is unreserved, but attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. If seats are available, additional single tickets for the film can be purchased at the door Tuesday evening.

Call the Wilson College Office of Conferences and Special Events at 717-262-2003 to make reservations or order tickets online at www.wilson.edu. Click on “Events and Conferences,” then on “World Travel Film and Dinner Series.”

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Founded in 1869, Wilson College is a liberal arts college dedicated to the education of women. Affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and located in Chambersburg, Pa. Wilson offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 areas and a master’s degree in education. The college’s 2009-10 enrollments in both the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs is 838 and includes students from 20 states and 18 foreign countries. Wilson is committed to environmental sustainability and to preparing leaders who will serve their communities and professions effectively.



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