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Food, glorious food!

October 18, 2017
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

There is a new project starting to sizzle in Emmet County. Check out the website, in its foundational stages by Morphew Studios.

Each month, the fourth Monday of the month, members of our community will come together to present a meal for all, no strings attached.

Brought to reality in large part by Sarah Morphew, area churches, businesses, individuals and organizations (including the missions department of Avera Holy Family Hospital)?will serve the monthly dinner.

The hope of the dinner (located at the VFW, with the first one happening April 24 from 5 to 7 p.m.)?is not only to nourish with good, wholesome food, but to bring people together who otherwise, even in a place the size of Estherville, might never share a dinner together.

The hope is that the dinners will include music, open mic, fun, and great conversation.

Do you think we spend too much time behind our screens??We pull our car into the garage and close it behind us, and sit in our climate controlled homes, not necessarily knowing our neighbors, and it seems like more of an effort than before to even see the friends we have.

That is also the theme of a new play taking place this weekend, The Feast of Jovi Bono. I wrote it (under a pen name, Ash Sanborn), but it would just be sitting there on the page were it not for eleven cast members, two directors, and Estherville Lincoln Central Youth who have at this writing put in nearly 60 purple cord hours in set painting, props scavenging, preparing to serve as backstage crew, and in the case of a few, acting in the play.

They've patiently waited while directors and producers measured and figured out what to do. They've helped figure out tech, they've put their hearts into practicing and practicing until they're really getting the characters, and they've brought in more help for backstage.

There are many more purple cord hours available this evening from 5 to 7 p.m., and throughout the weekend, March 3, 4 and 5.

Once the community dinners begin, there will be even more opportunities to dive in and make our community even better:?serving food and beverages, cooking, cleaning, providing rides to the VFW for those who need one, singing and/or playing music if you are so inclined, and just attending, to make the night better with your lovely presence. This isn't a meal based on household income, but based on wanting to get out and see people, be part of a regular gathering.

One of my cousins' cousins,Wendy, with whom I became close on Facebook as I followed the journey of her daughter's neuroblastoma (sadly, she was diagnosed in March of 2009 and died in October of the same year) lives in Tallulah Falls,?Georgia. There, they have a gathering simply known as "Bluegrass"?and (nearly)?everyone is there more weeks than not. I believe it's mostly just a jam with musicans from the area joining in and playing standards or improvising.

I, for one, would love it if Emmet County had something like that. It wouldn't have to center around one type of music, or one type of food. Just something we can all enjoy that would bring us together. Maybe it's Estherville Community Meals.

Bringing out the food is not limited to churches, which is part of the reason we are so happy to partner with the VFW. We can contain a large turnout, and no one would feel it's a project of one small group. If your business or group of friends or family group would like to get involved, the (ever growing)?website again is



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