MANCHESTER CENTER>> Join Lu French on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Manchester Community jLibrary 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 1950's "classic" beater through the bucolic Mogotes of Valle de ViƱales. 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, the pulsating nightlife, where the Afro-Cuban legends of the 1950s are still setting decaying nightclubs on fire, along with friendly, industrious, infectious, and intoxicating people.

The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Ave. in Manchester Center. For additional information, call the Library at 802.362.2607 or email events@mclvt.org.



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