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Audubon Community Nature Center
The Tropicana Room of the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum will be the setting for an evening of tribute, remembrance, and authentic Cuban fare and libation sponsored by Audubon Community Nature Center.
“In Celebration of Three Sons of Cuba: Desi Arnaz, Alberto Rey, and Reuben Hernandez” will be Tuesday, November 14, 2017.
Originally conceived by Audubon supporter Kathleen Johnson for Audubon’s recent OctoberFEAST auction, the event begins at 6 p.m. with welcome drinks of mojitos or cuba libres.
A docent tour of the museum will emphasize Desi Arnaz, the Cuban-born American actor, musician, and television producer. Arnaz is best known for his role as “Ricky Ricardo” in “I Love Lucy,” one of the most popular shows ever on television, in which he starred with his Jamestown-born wife, Lucille Ball.
The buffet meal will be prepared by another son of Cuba, Reuben Hernandez, and his mother Rita Hernandez, of Havana Cuban Café and Pizzeria in Jamestown.
Following dinner will be a screening of An Unkept Promise, a short film about artist Alberto Rey’s return to Cuba 36 years after his family fled his birthplace and found political asylum in Mexico. A SUNY Distinguished Professor at Fredonia, Rey’s artwork is in over 20 museum collections and has been in more than 130 exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, and Spain. An Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing guide, he has incorporated his love for the sport into some of his artwork and writings.
Rey will host a question-and-answer session after the film and close the evening at 8:30 p.m.
The Tropicana Room is above the Lucy-Desi Museum at 2 West Third Street in downtown Jamestown, N.Y.
Deadline for reservations for the $30 event is Saturday, November 11, 2107. They can be made by calling (716) 569-2345 during business hours or online at the Programs page at auduboncnc.org.
Audubon Community Nature Center builds and nurtures connections between people and nature by providing positive outdoor experiences, opportunities to learn about and understand the natural world, and knowledge to act in environmentally responsible ways. Visit at 1600 Riverside Road, one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, N.Y., and Warren, Pa., or online at auduboncnc.org.