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Get the scoop on Cuba during program offered at library

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published February 21, 2018

Although Americans were banned from tourism travel to Cuba from 1963 to 2015, people from around the world were not. 

“Most of the world still went to Cuba,” said Maryann Clark, a Troy-based travel specialist.

She and her daughter, Kathryn Clark, who has visited Cuba twice, will debunk myths and misconceptions and will share information on traveling to Cuba at the Troy Public Library 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 28. 

“We thought it would be interesting now that things (in Cuba) are starting to open up,” said Troy Adult Reference Librarian Maggie Forrest. “A lot of people in Troy like to travel and come into the library looking for travel guides.” 

“We will follow a discussion format,” Clark said. “Questions are encouraged. There will be lots of audience participation. 

“The rules and regulations keep changing,” she said. “We want to help people navigate. People are so drawn to Cuba because it’s a land of mystery, even now that it’s possible to go there.” 

She said there really are 50-year-old cars on the roads in Cuba. 

Kathryn Clark has traveled all over the island of Cuba, the largest island in the Greater Antilles. 

“Kathryn has photos to illustrate the points she’ll be making set to Cuban music near the end of the presentation. Music is a very vibrant part of Cuban culture,” Maryann Clark said. 

“It’s a really unique place, and not an expensive place,” she added. “Attendees should bring questions and bring ideas of what they think the experience might be to the program. We’ll share the reality of what it’s actually like.” 

“Travel to Cuba: The Straight Scoop” will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Troy Public Library, 510 W. Big Beaver Road. Visit troypl.org or call (248) 524-3534 to register.