Experience the Flavors of the Middle East In Franconia Nov. 10

Exotic middle eastern flavors will be on the menu when Neskaya Movement Arts Center in Franconia celebrates the food and dance of that culture Saturday, Nov. 10.

Neskaya will offer a day of activities from which participants can pick and mix as they choose.

Christina Hammarburg of Bethlehem will offer a Belly Dance workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m. “This will be suitable for beginners and enthusiasts,” she said, “We’ll explore the folk tune ‘Miserlou’ with colorful scarves and jingling sequins.” A potluck meal will follow the workshop at 6pm: participants are invited to bring food with a middle eastern flavor if possible.

The day will finish with a session of middle eastern circle dances 7:15 pm to 9pm, all taught, no partner or experience needed.

Mary Ellen Cannon of Walpole NH will offer a special additional session of community circle dance 12:30 to 2:30pm. These folk-based dances require no partner, each will be carefully taught and no previous dance experience is needed.

Donations collected throughout the day will support the work of Neskaya and the work of The Orange House, a non-profit residential and educational center in Athens, Greece, that supports vulnerable women and children as they move out of refugee camps and begin re-building their lives. Neskaya’s connection with The Orange House is through board member Julia Lynam who volunteered there for two months last year.

Neskaya is at 1643 Profile Road, (Route 18), two and a half miles south of Franconia village.

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