Farm to Fork dinner benefits Arts Council
CENTREVILLE — The Farm to Fork dinner at Maurice Sanger’s barn on Sept. 24 sowed an evening of fun and raised much needed funds for the Centre for the Arts. The Queens Anne’s County Arts Council, the event sponsor, set the lighthearted tone for the event with their invitation depicting Grant Wood’s masterpiece painting, American Gothic. The event even brought smiles to the faces in the original painting and replaced the pitchfork with a table fork to emphasize the theme of the event.
The attendees, mostly denim clad, schmoozed, danced, and bought raffle tickets to win over $1,000 in restaurant gift certificates and a wheel barrel filled with local products and produce.
DJ Jack Wilson and his wife Tracey added real barn dance flavor to the event with country music. Wilson even tried to assist the group of dancers to square dance.
Guests were invited to tour the Western Auto Museum on the barn’s second floor. There were hundreds of familiar items in the museum all collected over several decades and curated by Maurice Sanger.
Caterer Paul Gunther prepared a delicious and hearty feast from the generous donations from local farmers, including a pig from the House Family Farms, organic potatoes and greens from Homestead Farms, corn from S.E.W. Friel, tomatoes from White Pines Farm, and fresh baked dinner rolls from Lapp’s Family Bakery. Beer was donated by Kelly Distributors.
“We are so thankful for the support we received from the local farm community, and want to remind everyone that you’ll always find the greatest selection of produce and products at neighborhood farmers’ markets,” said event chairperson Audrey Scott.
Arts Council Chairman Tom Helfenbein said “In addition to everyone having an enjoyable time, I was impressed by the number of business sponsors we had for this event. The funds raised will benefit the work the Centre for the Arts does in the community.”
Farm to Fork dinner attendees enjoy a meal made from donations of local farmers.