Sunday, September 14, 2008

Eating for the Arts

We have a program to attempt to raise funds for the new Arts & Culture Center called TLC for Visitors, a Taste of Local Culture. Local hosts provide dinners in their homes for visitors (or, as it is turning out, locals who want a good dinner out) and the proceeds go to support the art center.

We had Servas visitors on Wednesday and Thursday (interesting pair who are also Servas hosts, touring in Alaska from California, one a Russian anthropological research scientist studying Old Believers and the other an artist and curator of Asmat culture and art, now retired and cultivating an organic farm in Sacramento) and on Wednesday five visitors from Colorado walked into the Center and asked if they could get dinner that night or the next. The call went out for hosts and I figured, what the heck we have to make dinner for two extra, why not seven extra. So I dashed home at lunch time and set the table and tidied up, and put on a loaf of sourdough bread to rise, John got some sockeye salmon, a Arts Council volunteer made dessert, and we had a lovely dinner that started with goats milk cheese from the Mat-Su (Palin country) and crackers, and grilled salmon, Romano beans, tossed salad, oven roasted potatoes, a selection of interesting wines, and lots of conversation.

The visitors were active in the arts council in Steamboat Springs CO, and had family in Massachusetts. The group consisted of a Catholic father, a droll and witty gentleman, celebrating his 80th birthday on 8/8/08, and two couples he had married 25 years ago.

We did have to declare the table a Palin-free zone, although I suspect them of supporting her candidacy. It is better for the digestion.

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