Travelogue is journeying to Guatemala

By on March 27, 2019

The next presentation of the Rotary Club of Lititz 2018-19 Travel & Adventure Series will be held Saturday, April 6, in the Warwick High School auditorium, 301 W. Orange St., There are two performances: at 2 and 7:30 p.m., with a musical prelude 30 minutes prior to each show

“Guatemala: The Land of the Maya” is a beautiful travelogue that begins by exploring the achievements of the ancient Maya by visiting fabled places like El Mirador, Tikal and Yaxha. It examines the historic tension between Mayan traditions and Spanish colonialism, using the religious pageantry of Antigua’s Easter Week celebration to provide a cinematic backdrop for the fascinating conversation. It documents contemporary Mayan culture in Lake Atitlan, where weavers spin cotton by hand and rely on the natural dyes and back strap looms to create world-class textiles. This documentary provides important context for understanding and exploring the fascinating Land of the Maya.

Alfombras, amazingly detailed and colorful carpets made out of sawdust, flowers, vegetables, grass, nuts, eggs and other natural goods, are part of the Easter Week celebration in Antigua. The local families spend all night creating these temporary works of street art. Soon after being cared for and admired by the crowds, they are sacrificed beneath the feet of the processions within seconds.

Brent Winebrenner is a widely published photographer and filmmaker with experience in more than 70 countries. His publishing credits include “The Splendor of Cuba,” a Rizzoli coffee table book that was recognized as one of the 10 best photography books of 2011. A reformed CPA and business consultant, Brent dropped out of the corporate world to pursue a life of travel, photography and visual story-telling. He subsequently earned a master’s degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography and taught in their visual journalism department before striking out on his own. He is a contributor to the Lonely Planet collection at Getty Images and DVArchive. His favorite place on earth is the one he’s going to go to next.

General admission tickets are sold at the door for $7 for adults and $3 for students. Season tickets may be used daytime or evening and are $35 for adults and $12 for students. They can be purchased from any Rotary Club of Lititz member or from the Lititz Public Library. For more information, call Dean Brandt at 717-626-4520.

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