FORT COLLINS ¬– Experience…Turkey at the Fort Collins Senior Center throughout the months of March and April. Lunch and lectures, cooking classes, documentaries and other Turkish experiences will open your mind to this culture. Experience…Turkey is the next chapter in the Experience the World series. Members of the community generously give their time and share their hereditary culture provide participants with a glimpse of the ways of the world through art, music, food, dance, religion, traditions, history, geology and the influence of politics. Turkey will fascinate and delight all senses, this ancient culture has become a mecca for travelers and tourists from all around the world.
See below for more information about the specific events related to Experience…Turkey. All events are located at the Fort Collins Senior Center, 1200 Raintree Drive. For more information, please call 970.221.6644. This series is presented by the City of Fort Collins Recreation Department and Global Village Museum of Arts and Cultures.
Turkish Cooking Classes
Turkish Coffee & Dessert, 3/15, 1:30-3:30 PM, $29
Turkish Desserts Class will focus on traditional Turkish desserts. In this class students will learn the history behind each recipe and how to make them. Class will include cooking demonstrations, tastings, and hands-on preparation.
Menu: Turkish coffee, Revani (Semolina Cake), and Keskul (Almond Pudding).
Turkish Healthy Dishes, 4/10, 6:00-8:30 PM, $29
Join us for this enjoyable Vegetarian Turkish Cuisine class. You will have a chance to explore the Turkish way of cooking and the rich culture behind it.
Menu: Red Lentil and Bulgur kebab, Mint and Dill Rice Pilaf, Fried Eggplant, Black-Eyed Pea Pilaki, Sesame Tahini Halva (Nutritious Dessert!)
Turkish Soup & Bread, 4/14, 2:00-4:00 PM, $29
Soup is an important part of the Turkish cuisine. Comforting, healthy vegetable soup gets read in minutes and you can enjoy leftovers for breakfast.
Menu: The Popular Ezo Bride Soup, Green Lentil Soup, Collard Greens and White Bean Soup Homemade Turkish Bread.
Turkish Delight, 3/3, 6:00-9:00 PM, $20/$16 Members
This night begins with Turkish dances by the Storm Mountain Dancers. Followed by a Turkish dinner and a presentation by Bora Özkök. This renowned teacher of Turkish culture, music, dance and folklore will dazzle you with his unique perspective. You will leave with your very own Evil Eye providing good luck.
Book Discussion: Asman’s Dream (with lunch), 3/7, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, $20/$26 Members
Turkey began as part of the Ottoman Empire which was the largest and longest lasting Empires in history. Osman’s Dream, by Caroline Finkel, is the first book written with a dynamic, modern feel that tells the full story of the Ottoman Dynasty. Learn about this empire that was shrouded in myth and how it influenced the future. Turkish Luncheon
Turkish History & Culture Lunch & Lecture, 3/28, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM, $20/$16 Members
Gamze Cavdar, CSU Political Science Professor will highlight the history and culture of Turkey. An authentic Turkish meal will follow the presentation.
Turkish Bath Experience, 4/7, $38, Drop in fee: $15 (does not include massage)
Males: 9:00 AM-Noon, Females: 12:30-3:00 PM
Public baths have been around since Greeks and Romans, but the Turks made it popular. Our pool will transform into a Turkish Bath for a day as we raise the temperature to give you a relaxing soak. Relax for the full 3 hours along with Turkish coffee/tea and snacks as you await your personal massage.
Note: Fee includes a private 30 minute full body massage, Turkish coffee/Tea and snacks and pool soak.
No fee for members 50+. All films are Documentaries.
Globe Trekker: Istanbul (2004, 1 hour)
Soak up history in one of the world’s most culturally rich cities on this guided tour of Istanbul, Turkey’s ancient cosmopolitan jewel.
In the City: In Istanbul (2006, 1 hr 10 min)
Break away from the tourist pack and discover the true Istanbul with off-the-beaten-track travel guide.
Gate to the East: Turkish Coasts & Istanbul (2005, 1 hr)
This travelogue series explores the city of Istanbul and the Turkish shoreline’s splendor.
Land of Great History: Eastern from Istanbul (2005, 1 hr)
In eastern Turkey you will see Ephesus and Pergamon, the terraces of Pamukkale and the Island of Samos.
Special Displays will be at the Senior Center during our exploration of Turkey including memorabilia, artifacts and art.