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Woman’s Club opens its centennial program year

October 8, 2012
The Times Observer

The Woman's Club of Warren recently held its first luncheon meeting of the centennial season. Following socialization in the parlors, the group adjourned to the upstairs meeting room. The featured speaker, Celia Knapp was introduced by Mary Kay Young. Knapp presented an entertaining and informative show about her recent trip to Spain, "From Madrid to Barcelona." The slides presented were mainly pictures of things not commonly seen in postcards or travel books. Featured were the many B&Bs where they stayed, formal gardens and wild flowers. Architecture of the region is interesting considering that most buildings are hundreds of years old. A 200-year-old house is considered fairly new. Many are built upon old Roman or Moor ruins. Wrought iron, stucco and stained glass are common. Spaniards love their flowers and gardens, and in the villages where homes are tightly packed, they take advantage of any place they can plant. Flowers adorn balconies, door steps and indoor courtyards. Also the parks and national monuments are breathtaking. Alternate energy forms, like wind and solar, are very mush in evidence. An unsettling view was that of acres and acres of green houses used to grow vegetables using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. These "gardens" supply much of Europe with their fresh produce. Knapp said visiting Spain was a memorable adventure she would recommend to anyone.



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