Coffee, Cacao, and the DR

Kim and Chris Anderson hosted our June meeting at their lovely home in Ballston Spa.

Kim presented on her recent trip to the Dominican Republic. Her trip was sponsored by Fair Trade Towns USA and led her to cacao, coffee, and banana farms.

Chris offered tastings of organic free-trade chocolate products, vino de cacao, cacao marmalade, and free-trade Dominican coffee. Yes, they were all delicious-though some thought the vino de cacao was “too sweet.” For more information, visit the Mango Tree Imports, Andersons’ store in Ballston Spa.

Thanks to all who attended and for the Andersons for hosting us. Check our calendar for upcoming events.

Africana Film Series at Albany College of Pharmacy

The 9th annual Africana Film Series at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will run Feb. 5, 12, and 19 at the College’s Student Center (Room 201). All films are free and open to the public. The complete series schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 pm

“Pieces of Identity (Pièces d’Identités)” – This humorous film dealing with the serious theme of identity is from the Congolese producer and director Mweze Ngangura. It takes place in the Matongue district of Brussels, Belgium (where many Congolese live).

Tuesday, February 19 at 7:00 pmtableauferraille

“Scrap Heap” – This 1997 film by Senegalese Director Moussa Sene Absa was described by a New York University film scholar as “one of the pillars of the third generation of African cinema.”

For more information and expanded film descriptions, please view the Africana Film Series Flyer

Jessa Rowan (Togo 200-2002) directs “Pullman Car Hiawatha” @ Emma Willard

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Jessa Rowan (Togo 200-2002) is directing a student production of Thornton Wilder’s play, “Pullman Car Hiawatha” at the Emma Willard School on November 9 and 10, 2012. Admission is free. Details are available here: http://www.emmawillard.org/programs/academics/arts/theatre/fall-play