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Wilson College World Travel Film and Dinner Series Marks 20th Year

Posted: August 22, 2011

Aug. 19, 2011
CONTACT: Kathy Lehman, Director of Conferences and Special Events
Phone: 717-262-2003

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. – The popular Wilson College World Travel Film and Ethnic Dinner Series celebrates its 20th anniversary this season by offering around-the-world tasting and traveling adventures – without ever leaving town!

Armchair travelers will enjoy spectacular color cinematography with breathtaking footage documenting some of the world’s most enchanting cultures and awe-inspiring places, all brought vividly to life by the personal anecdotes of the lecturers.

All films and lectures start at 7 p.m. and are held in Alumnae Chapel, Thomson Hall. Seating is unreserved, but tickets should be purchased in advance. Save by ordering season tickets. A four-film ticket package is $23 for adults, $18 for senior citizens and $11 for students ages 10 to 18. Admission for children under 10 is free. If seats are available, additional single tickets can be purchased at the door the evening of the film presentation. Individual tickets are $6.75 for adults, $5.75 for seniors and $2.75 for students ages 10 to 18.

Ethnic buffet dinners
All buffet dinners begin at 6 p.m. and are held in Laird Hall. Reservations are required and dinner tickets must be purchased at least one week in advance. A four-dinner ticket package is $67 for adults, seniors and students ages 10 to 18. Packages are $40 for children under 10. If purchased individually, tickets are: $18.25 per meal for adults, senior citizens and students ages 10 to 18, and $11 for children under 10.

Dinner/film packages

Wilson continues to offer two package deals that allow people to save money by paying for the films/lectures and dinners together. Tickets are available for the entire four-film/dinner series or for three of the four. Combination tickets for the entire four-film series are $86 for adults and $83 for seniors.

The three-dinner/film package is $64.50 for adults and $62.25 for seniors. Packages are not available for students. Call the Wilson College Office of Conferences and Special Events at (717) 262-2003 for additional ticket options or to make reservations. Order tickets online at Click on News and Events, Conferences and Events and then World Travel Film and Dinner Series.


Inside the Tuscan Hills” - Presented by John Wilson

Thursday, Oct. 13

This film is a vivid portrait of a place where ancient traditions have never disappeared, and gives an insider’s look at the rich rural culture of Tuscany. With exclusive access to the workshops, kitchens and homes of the Tuscan people, “Inside the Tuscan Hills” takes viewers on a journey to one of the world’s most beautiful places, showcasing the region’s amazing diversity of landscape, arts and food; and revealing how the Tuscans themselves really live.

MENU: Panzanella (Italian bread salad), roasted potato with red onion, spuntature e fagioli (spare ribs with beans), piselli alla Fiorentina (Florentine style spring peas) and zuccotto (sponge cake with chocolate).

“The Best of Bavaria” - Presented by Fran Reidelberger

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Many writers have called Bavaria “Germany’s Heaven.” Travelers call it one of the world’s top tourist destinations, and filmmakers Fran and Brooke Reidelberger call it a photographer’s dream. In this new production, the Reidelbergers travel from the flatlands of Franconia to Alpine peaks, mixing old and new, ancient and modern, mountains and forests, cities and towns, people and things, the mundane

and the magnificent, to create an entertaining and enlightening presentation they call “The Best of Bavaria.”

MENU: Warmer blaukrautsalat (warm red cabbage salad), kartoffenkuche (Bavarian potato pancake), bofflamot (marinated beef), gemusepichelsteiner (Bavarian vegetable stew) and karottenkuchen (carrot cake).

“The Silk Road: A Journey through China, Central Asia and Turkey” - Presented by Marlin Darrah

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

Few adventures in the world arouse as much curiosity and wonder as traveling along the place called “The Silk Road.” Along that timeless road, magical places like Samarkand, Buhkara and Khiva are legend. In ancient times, warriors traveled by camel and on foot along the Silk Road, transporting not only precious cargo and treasures, but also fascinating customs and cultures. This film takes viewers to such places as Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tibet, Turkey and China.

MENU: Tomato, onion and pepper salad (Kyrgyzstan); vegetable plov (rice pilaf, Uzbekistan); turkmen stuffed chicken (Turkmenistan); vegetable stir fry (China) and asure (Noah’s pudding, Turkey).

“Discovering the Dutch” - Presented by Sandy Mortimer

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

“Discovering the Dutch” goes beyond the clichés and gabled houses typically associated with Holland and to examine life today and history in the making. Viewers will be treated to historic sites in Amsterdam. They’ll vicariously visit a lively cheese market, climb inside working windmills, stop in at a flower auction and the World War II site of Arnhem, go underground for a look at a historic coalmine

and visit a fishing village with a fascinating legend.

MENU: Dutch cucumber salad, smoked gouda risotto, gestoofde vis (poached whitefish), navy beans and snap peas and Dutch apple pie.

Each year, patrons provide additional financial support for the film program through their generous contributions. To become a patron, contact the Wilson College Office of Conferences and Special Events at 717-262-2003 or


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 master’s degrees in education and the humanities. The college’s 2010-11 enrollment in the College for Women and the Adult Degree Programs was 796 and included students from 21 states and 13 foreign countries.

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Last Updated: August 22, 2011