Going Native in Havana
Join Lu French at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 20, at the Manchester Community Library for an evening of stories through pictures, poetry, artwork and videos of her very first trip as a Cuban American to the island nation of her childhood fantasies. She and her unlikely companions, her 23-year-old son and two itinerant Vermont gringos, hoofed it along the back streets of Havana and cruised in a 1950s classic beater through the bucolic Mogotes of Valle de Viñales. Along the way, there was a friend’s cousin’s tobacco plantation, a black market caper, an out-of-the-way homestay where a lion’s roar was the wake-up call, a political dissident’s street-art gallery and pulsating nightlife where the Afro-Cuban legends of the 1950s are still setting decaying nightclubs on fire. Oh yes – and then there were the friendly, industrious, infectious, intoxicating people. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester Center. For additional information, call 802-362-2607 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.