Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Vermont Community Dinner

The other evening I took a bit of a drive to a neighboring town.  Church members were having a fund raising community dinner for the local food shelf and their Deacons Fund.

There is a big need for food in our area. With the poor economy up here in the North Country, so many people are out of work and having a difficult time stretching their dollars. Most churches have a food pantry and are now running low on many items, so a community dinner, done by donation, is one good way of raising some money to keep the food shelf stocked for another month or two.

The sun was just getting ready to say good night when I headed down the rural back roads of my village.  The mountains were purple and glowing from the setting sun.

The words "purple mountains majesties" came to mind.

As usual, per my Virgo personality, I arrived early and helped greet the other early arriving guests.

The tables and chairs were all up and the place settings had been meticulously done by the local high school students who were cooking the entire meal.

The local high school teacher was supervising the students and helping to cook the 4 giant turkeys required to feed several dozen hungry farmers and local citizens.

As the kitchen and the vestry got busier and busier, we were entertained with some very lively music from our favorite very animated piano player.

Selinda plays a lot like Joanne Castle from the old Lawrence Welk show. Anyone remember her ?
She can really make that piano rock!

Selinda is the choir director at her church and loves to play the church organ barefoot.   Her voice is amazing and I love to sit next to her when she sings.  She is also an incredible gardener and a wonderful cook.

Some people have all the talent!

Lots of hot, local food started hitting the table and the lines started to form.

I got excited when the mashed potatoes came out.

"A potato a day" that's what I say!

Some of the kitchen crew turned into incredible musicians after we ate.

Elvis songs, country music and Irish tunes filled the air. 

Foot stomping music, the place was alive with everyone participating.

I love these community dinners.  I had not seen most of the guests since last November.

With spring just around the corner, more people are venturing out at night and going to all the unusual events that are being held all over our area.   I personally want to go to as many as possible before mud season sucks me off the road.

There is also another very busy holiday coming, very soon, for us dedicated potato eaters.

Been to a community dinner in your area ?

Are you supporting your local food pantry, food shelf or soup kitchen ?

Just an idea;  If you have a surplus of eggs, please consider donating them to your local food shelf, pantry or kitchen. Every donation makes a difference!


  1. every donation, thought and gesture makes a difference. i am so happy to see you doing this. we all have a little we can give. if everyone did just a little it would add up to something big. bless you!

  2. Hi Janis! Thanks for linking up for WW! I'm your newest GFC follower :)

  3. Our church collects donations of foods for the local pantries. The college has a horticulture dept. and grows all sorts of veggies, which much is donated as well.

  4. It looks like ya'll had a wonderful time! Good tip on donating extra eggs to the food pantry. :)

  5. This is so lovely. Our church service gets out early around 11:15 and has a fellowship time after the meeting. Different ones take turns bring cookies, brownies, and fruit trays as some can't eat sugar. They also have a spaghetti dinner, but there is a charge and they supply everything done by our excellent cooks.

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  7. I have never been to one, but I felt like I had with this fun post. Thank you for sharing your lovely blog at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo