Portland Ovations hosts a series celebrating the people and rich culture of this beautiful and often misunderstood country.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

It began with a trip to the farmers market.

Aimee Petrin, executive director of the performing arts organization Portland Ovations, was entertaining a friend from the Vermont National Guard who had just returned from duty in Afghanistan.

Petrin wanted to show him the best of Maine, and took him to the Crystal Springs Farmers Market in Brunswick. By chance, she introduced him to a local vendor from Afghanistan, who bakes wonderful bread.

“I brought him there not even thinking about it, and they just started talking,” Petrin said of her friend and the baker.

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