Letter: African Flavors in the Upper Valley

To the Editor:

In support of our clean water endeavor in Ghana and for the purpose of eliminating a horrible water-borne disease found there, the Rotary Club of Lebanon is presenting a benefit event called Flavors of Africa on Sunday, Nov. 17, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Hotel Coolidge in White River Junction.

One flavor will be unique hors d’oeuvres using genuine African recipes prepared by Coventry Catering of White River Junction, a company that has family ties to Africa.

Another “flavor” of Africa will be its music. Hafiz Shabazz, master drummer, Dartmouth’s adjunct assistant professor of music and director of the World Music Percussion Ensemble, will present a live demonstration of his music. He has studied at the University of Ghana.

Another flavor will be its scenery. Dan Hopkins, who has taught courses at ILEAD, will share his adventures in Africa with presentations about his business, Grass Track Safaris.

A huge African flavor will be available in the artistic talent of the people. Products of Africa will be on display and for sale, such as colorful hand-woven baskets by women of Zimbabwe, thanks to the Zienzele Foundation headed by Jim and Nancy Clark of West Topsham. Jim is a past member of the Lebanon Rotary Club.

Other flavors of Africa will be on display, so come and sample some of the reasons why Rotary is so passionate about continuing its involvement with enhancing the quality of life in Ghana by bringing clean water to as many people as possible.

Space at the event is limited to 150 people. Tickets are $30 per person and should be reserved prior to the event. For further information or to reserve tickets, please call Betsey Child at 603-632-9307 by Monday, Nov. 11.

Jim Shibles

Ghana Event Coordinator

Rotary Club of Lebanon