The Harvest Heritage Dinner was more than just a dinner, it was a symbol of things to come for our increasingly diverse community in Midcoast Maine. The dinner featured recipes from all over the world and showed that being part of a thriving, welcoming community extends far beyond the geographic boundaries of our local towns and into the far reaches of the world. This collaborative community event was an example of the things that individuals can accomplish when they come together with an idea: to find ways to cultivate connections among individuals from all walks of life to promote a thriving multicultural community.
I was thrilled to be part of this event and I was excited to see that we had fifty people of all ages in attendance, with family recipes from all over the world – sharing experiences, creating connections, and expanding their palettes, while laughing, learning, and shaping the community that we live in. My goal is to continue to facilitate collaborative programming with active participation from my English language students, whose voice is invaluable to us as we navigate our changing community. My hope is that this is just the beginning.
Thank you to everyone who made this event happen! I look forward to many more evenings like this in the future.