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DeWitt Noon Lions 2014 travelogue series opens Tuesday
The DeWitt Noon Lions Club's 2014 travelogue series will begin its 46th season Tuesday, Jan. 14, with shows at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Operahouse Theater in DeWitt.

In conjunction with the travelogues, the Central Community Historical Society, located at Seventh Street and Sixth Avenue near the theater, also will be open prior to the afternoon show.

Every effort will be made to present a travelogue on the day scheduled. However, if inclement weather forces a cancellation, local television and radio stations will be asked to announce the cancellation, and the information will be posted on the theater door.

A $4 donation is suggested. The Lions return the proceeds from the travelogue series in the form of support for community projects. No seats are reserved.

The lineup of programs includes:

•Jan. 14 - "The Diversity of Peru - Machu Picchu to the Amazon Rain Forest." Lions Club members Greg Barnes and Steve Thayer, along with their wives and a few friends guide viewers on an adventure that starts at Cusco and stunning Machu Picchu in the Andes Mountains. See centuries-old Incan ruins and trails as well as the modern day culture of the area. Continue on a boat trip down the Madre de Dios Rio to an Amazon rain forest to experience native plants, animals and the culture of this area.

•Jan. 28 - "The Mediterranean" by Elaina Lomsdalen. Join the presenter and her husband, Bob, on the "trip of a lifetime" as they cruise the eastern Mediterranean, visiting ports in Italy, Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

•Feb. 11 - "Thailand Today" by Martha Bonte. Observe cultural heritage and contemporary life as migration to Bangkok, economic development and urbanization continue to grow in this far-away country.

•Feb. 25 - "Turkey, Then and Now" by Richard Cole. Turkey is so unique and diverse in its religion, politics, culture and geography, last year the presenter found it was difficult to put all of Turkey into one program. So he is bringing the rest of the story now. Enjoy "Turkey - Part 2."

•March 11 - "Exploring Cape Horn"

by Doug Garner. Join this two-week voyage from Buenos Aries, Argentina, to Santiago, Chile, via Uruguay and the Falkland Islands, and Chile. Learn the history of southern South America, Tierra del Fuego, Beaver Channel and Magellan, including the highlight, Cape Horn.

•March 25 - "A South African Adventure" by Mike and Teresa Nickeson. The Nickesons visited South Africa and Zimbabwe last January. Highlights of their trip included viewing the magnificent wildlife in nature preserves; The Cradle of Mankind World Heritage Site, where human life as we know it began millions of years ago; Victoria Falls, known locally as "the smoke that thunders" and the picturesque mountains and seascapes of the Cape Town region.

•April 8 - "North by Southwest: The American West" by Thomas C. Gibbons. Visit the Black Hills, Oregon, northern and southern California, southern and northern Arizona, Colorado and much of the country between these places. The American West is high and low, wet and dry, hot and cold, alive and dead, forest and desert, mountains and plains, open and secret, canyon and ridge, volcanic and tectonic, and some of it is radioactive. We won't have time for all of that, but we will see a lot of it including a visit below sea level and another visit to 12,000 feet. We will simulate an earthquake, visit a lava tube and shoot the rapids in the Snake River. But don't worry. There will not be a real earthquake. And the show is not radioactive.

•April 22 - "Germany Favorites" by George Kruckenberg. Germany is a land of many surprises and areas often undiscovered by American tourists. This journey visits vibrant Leipzig, where the music of Bach still resonates in its great churches and throughout the city, especially with the incredible voices of the renowned St. Thomas Boys Choir. See the beautiful Harz Mountain area with the unique towns of Wernigerode, Goslar and Quedlinburg. Visit popular attractions and some of the lesser known sights in Berlin, Potsdam, Meissen and Dresden. Enjoy a hiking experience along the Elbe River in the Saxon "Little Switzerland" area with its unusual rock formations, especially beautiful with the fall colors. Finally, experience everyday life with visits in the homes of two typical German families.

•May 6 - "Glimpses of Russia" by Marilyn Luebe. Experience the diversity of Russia as viewers explore the great cities of St. Petersburg and Moscow and cruise the 1,000 miles of rivers, lakes and canals that connect the two cities. Highlights include Catherine's Palace, the St. Peter and Paul Fortress and the Hermitage in St.

Petersburg; and The Kremlin, Red Square, and New Maiden Cemetery in Moscow. Along the way learn much about Russian history and observe (and share) Russian daily life.

•May 20 - "The Western Caribbean" by Marcella Siegel. Cruise to a Mayan site in Tulum near Cozumel, Mexico, and visit Grand Cayman Island, where hurricanes have struck, and rum is popular. Enjoy a port call in Jamaica, an island with papayas, iguanas, sugar cane and reggae music.


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