Long­est Table din­ner gath­ers 120 com­mu­nity mem­bers in Cen­tre­ville

Record Observer - - Front Page - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Long­est Table — the first event of its kind for Cen­tre­ville — was a re­sound­ing suc­cess, thanks to all who par­tic­i­pated in the ini­tia­tive to “Choose Ci­vil­ity.”

The sup­per was hosted by the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary and orig­i­nally was sched­uled to be held out­doors on Lawyers Row. The threat of thun­der­storms forced the event in­doors to the gym­na­sium at the Wye River Up­per School.

In charge of lead­ing the event, An­drea Boothby-Rice from the Cen­tre­ville branch of the Queen Anne’s County Li­brary said 120 tick­ets were sold. The cost of the ticket went to­ward the meal pro­vided by Com­merce Street Cream­ery. To en­cour­age friends to min­gle and mix, seat num­bers were drawn at the door and guests were as­signed to one of three long ta­bles.

It was a won­der­ful get to­gether, said new­comer to Queen Anne’s, Anne Cassidy. An awe­some, wellplanned event, said Deb­bie Oleisky, who hoped the din­ner would be­come an an­nual one.

Long­time res­i­dent and his­to­rian Mary Mar­garet Rev­ell Good­win talked about the his­tory-mak­ing of the June event and also re­called the his­tory of WRUS when it was once ac­tive as the ar­mory.

“Apart from one of the first ma­jor com­mu­nity get to­geth­ers here in Cen­tre­ville in a long time when peo­ple who have been long­time friends all sat down and had din­ner to­gether and caught up on one an­other, it was also a time to hark back to the days of the 1930s to the 1950s when the old ar­mory was the scene of great din­ners and many dances, grad­u­a­tions and su­per box­ing matches,” Rev­ell Good­win said.

At­tendee Ge­orge Drake thanked the li­brary staff, Friends of the Li­brary, Wye River Up­per School, Queen Anne’s friends and neigh­bors, and The Cream­ery for an even­ing of friend­ship and din­ner, and for their em­pha­sis on ci­vil­ity.

It was a plea­sure be­ing part of this fun event, said Chris Perkins of the Cen­ter­ville Ro­tary, adding she looks for­ward to par­tic­i­pat­ing in the next long­est table din­ner.

Li­brary staff vol­un­teered as table hosts, and many oth­ers helped set up, mak­ing way for those last-minute changes, Boothby-Rice said. The in­for­mal event was not mod­er­ated but merely en­cour­aged con­ver­sa­tion with a fo­cus on mak­ing Queen Anne’s a com­mu­nity of wel­come and pos­i­tiv­ity.

For more in­for­ma­tion about fu­ture Choose Ci­vil­ity events, go to www.QAC ChooseCi­vil­ity.org

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

At Wye River Up­per School, ci­vil­ity is topic of dis­cus­sion.

PHOTO BY HAN­NAH COMBS

Friends and neigh­bors gather to­gether in Cen­tre­ville to share food and con­ver­sa­tion.

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