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"The Longest Table," a free community meal, will be held Feb. 11 at Herndon Gallery.

Meet, eat with new people at ‘The Longest Table’

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The Herndon Gallery at Antioch College will conclude its “Living In Divided States” exhibition with “The Longest Table,” a free community-building shared meal and dialoguing experience, on Saturday, Feb. 11, at noon, in Herndon Gallery.

According to a press release from Antioch College this week: “In times of deep and difficult division, it is important — perhaps even imperative — to periodically pause, listen and come together, as both a reminder and celebration of our shared humanity, our diverse stories and lived experiences, to break bread at a common meal. Members of our community are invited to do just that at the event, gathered together around common tables within the ‘Living in Divided States’ exhibition.”

During the meal, those attending will be encouraged to share conversation and build new relationships by being placed near others with whom they might not be acquainted from different “communities, zip codes and neighborhoods,” according to the press release. Diners will not be seated with family members, and as such, the meal is recommended for adults and older children who are able to sit apart from family and who are eager to meet new people. 

“The Longest Table” is a free event. All are welcome to bring a dish to share; those who do contribute to the meal in this way are asked to bring a recipe card with the name and ingredients of the dish in order to alert those with food allergies and sensitivities.

Those planning to attend are asked to RSVP; click here to register at EventBrite.


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