Joe Blotnick and Jill Higgins spent two years in The Dominican Republic as Peace Corps volunteers. They will be sharing a film that shows some of the work they did and they will be talking about and sharing photos of their time in the Dominican Republic during a talk at the Jesup Memorial Library on Friday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m.
Higgins worked doing environmental education and special education, while Blotnick worked with a cooperative of cacao growers. He helped the growers have their cacao certified organic and set up direct marketing to the United States so they could get fair prices for their products. During Blotnick and Higgins time in the country, their son Robin, who was studying film, visited and made a short film about the cacao cooperative, called “Chocolate Country.” The film subsequently won Best Short Documentary at the Seattle Film Festival. They will be showing the whole 30-minute film during their talk.
For more information on the talk, contact the Jesup at 207-288-4245.