Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Community Spaghetti

Last night YoungerSon, The Bride, Isaac and I enjoyed a splendid spaghetti dinner for $1.00 per person.

Yes, that's right.... just a buck each! Imagine!

A group of young families who are new to this community decided to rent the local Lions Club Hall and cook a spaghetti dinner for whoever would like to enjoy meeting new neighbours, and advertised it in the paper. Everyone welcome, bring a friend!

Sorry, no photos, I left my camera sitting on my kitchen chair in full view and then couldn't find it when it was time to leave the house!

The hall was full of folding tables set end to end, making seating for about 150. The dinner was a generous helping of spaghetti with meat sauce served on real china plates, fresh salad, a big slice of buttered calabrese bread, finishing up with homemade brownies and squares, and tea or coffee, and juice for the kids.
An unsupervised donation box was sitting on a table.... we were trusted to put in whatever we wished to donate. I peeked in, there were lots of $5 and $10 bills in there. Any profit was going to the local Food Bank.
Lots of toys were up on the stage for the kids to play with, to allow the adults to have an undisturbed chat with whoever happened to be sitting at your table.
There were young families with babies, lots of kids, some teens, people on their way home from work, some seniors, quite a cross section of the community.
People who have spent their whole lives here.
And people who only moved here in the past couple of years.

And lots and lots of smiles.

What a great thing those young families did for this community. I hope it happens again. Anything that brings the community together like that has got to be a Good Thing.

The story even made it as far as the Toronto Star! Here's the link.

13 comments:

Sheila said...

What a great idea, It can be hard when you are older to meet people in the neighbourhood. When you have young children it is much easier.
Having a dog helps too, walking around the neighbourhood you get to meet people.
Sounds like a lot of fun.
xx

Hilary said...

What a fine idea. Certainly worth all those fives and tens, and then some.

photowannabe said...

That's awesome. It gave me chills to think that this was done...just because....
It was good for the commnity, friendships and the local food bank. Terrific endevour.

dogbait said...

Someone is on the ball organising that.

Barbara said...

Hi,
Thank you so much for stopping by !!! I have to say I am a bit overwhelmed by all the visits.
It sounds like you had a wonderful time last night and a great turnout. Events like that are truly good for everyone!
Very best wishes,
Barbara

Spencer Park said...

A really lovely idea! I may suggest it to my neighbours (as there is no chance I'll be organising such a thing!)

Gill - That British Woman said...

I remember reading that somewhere....can't remember where. Thought it was a super idea.

Glad you took advantage of it.

Gill

Craver Vii said...

How excellent! I love to hear about people feeding the hungry. My wife and I are involved in our local food pantry, too.

Ming the Merciless said...

Sounds like a wonderful event. We have a spaghetti fundraiser each year organized by the student organization and it's already a great event.

sonia a. mascaro said...

Really a nice idea!
Sounds like a pleasant event.

Thanks for stopping by my place.
Have a good weekend!

Suldog said...

That is a great, fun idea. More neighbors should be so outgoing and ready to meet others!

Jake said...

Hi! Found you by way of Gill That British Woaman's blog. I had seen the article in the Star, great idea.

Jackie

madretz said...

That's truly what community is about! And such a wonderful way to meet new friends.