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Pickles, meat pies, lemon grass, and poppy seed cake . . .

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Date: August 31, 2011
Contact: Maggie Holtzberg, 978-275-1719
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705

Lowell, MA - A week for foodies approaches. The emphasis is on immigrant foodways traditions. On Thursday September 8th at 7:00 p.m., the Lowell Folklife Series invites you to a pre-film talk by Metropolitan Waterworks Museum director Beryl Rosenthal, who will share her memories of New York Jewish pickle traditions. Stay and watch a portrayal of the legendary pickle man in a screening of the romantic drama, Crossing Delancey, starring Amy Irving. The event is free and is co-sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park and The Lowell Film Collaborative.

On Saturday, September 10th, join our bus tour of some of Greater Lowell's ethnic markets. We will meet at the Lowell National Historical Park's visitor center (246 Market Street, Lowell) at 2:00 p.m. and travel by bus to three local ethnic markets: Cote's Market, Pailin Supermarket, and the Fill'n'Chill in Billerica. You will have the chance to meet with proprietors, hear family stories and local history, and buy specialty foods.

Once back at the visitor center, come hear a talk by author and director of the Lower East Side Tenement Museum culinary center Jane Ziegelman. Her book, 97 Orchard Street: An Edible History of Five Immigrant Families in One New York Tenement, is an culinary exploration of foodways during the early twentieth century in New York's Lower East Side. A book signing will follow the talk.

Although the tour and book talk are free, space on the bus is limited. Please make reservations by calling (978)-970-5000, or 978-970-5007.

This free program is part of the Lowell Folklife Series and is sponsored by Lowell National Historical Park. Additional support comes from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Contact Maggie Holtzberg 978.275.1719 for more information.

Did You Know?

Francis Gate/Guard Locks, Lowell, MA

There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.