Longest Table dinner gathers 120 community members in Centreville
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
At Wye River Upper School, civility is topic of discussion.
Friends and neighbors gather together in Centreville to share food and conversation.