Dinner and some swing music10/16/08

WING potluck and Brick Church Music Series on Friday

Oct. 16, 2008

By Tim Simard

Observer staff

Good food, good music and good neighbors are on tap for this Friday’s community potluck event.


    Courtesy photo by Phoebe Berkel
Leah Dinkin, daughter of WING volunteer Brant Dinkin, sets up a sign in front of the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library advertising Friday’s potluck dinner.

Taking place in the Williston Central School cafeteria, the potluck is an actualization of the work that came out of the town’s Williston Into The Next Generation event, better known as WING, which kicked off in April. The original WING event also featured a Friday evening community potluck at Williston Central School.

Following the dinner will be the first concert in a new music series at the Old Brick Church. Swing band Lewis Franco and the Missing Cats are performing, with Stephanie Keesler as the opening act in the first show of the Brick Church Music Series.

The supper runs from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., when the concert begins. The cafeteria will remain open until 9 p.m. for socializing.

Concert tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and seniors. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the Williston Community Food Shelf. The potluck is free, but residents are urged to bring canned goods and non-perishable foods to the dinner for a donation, said Brant Dinkin, a member of the WING committee responsible for organizing the potluck.

As of press time, tickets were still available for the concert. Tickets are on sale at the Town Clerk’s office and will be also be available one hour before show time.

Dinkin said it’s important to know that in gathering as a community, people will also be able to help fellow residents by donating to the fledgling food shelf.

“When they come to the potluck, they can help the community in what could be very difficult times ahead,” Dinkin said.

Jessica Andreoletti, a Williston town planner, said the event is still looking for volunteers to help set up, break down and perform other tasks. Set up starts at 4 p.m., with a final breakdown taking place after the concert. Andreoletti said volunteers can sign up as late as Friday and can contact her at the Town Planning Office at 878-6704 for more information.

“It’s a really great undertaking,” Andreoletti said. “We can really use the support in keeping the vision going.”

Andreoletti said she’s heard the dinner could bring 50 to 100 community members.

“The point is to get the community together and food always brings people together,” Andreoletti said.

Andreoletti said a PowerPoint presentation will run during the event, highlighting the mission statements and the work of other WING groups.

Besides the group based around community events, there are WING committees working on green initiatives, recreation paths, a community center and the formation of a more representative Town Meeting process.

While the concert series at the Old Brick Church came about separately from the WING meetings, series organizer David Yandell said back in June WING gave the concerts added significance. The concerts will take place on a monthly basis through April, with each month bringing a different genre of music, from Celtic to folk to jazz.

Scheduling more community gatherings was one of the five priorities that came from the WING meeting, and Dinkin said it’s nice to see WING being realized through Friday’s potluck.

“We want to make this a tradition,” Dinkin said.

Dinkin said that, on a personal note, being involved in community volunteerism has been incredibly rewarding.

“Although I have been living in Williston for over 25 years, after volunteering for the first time this summer this town now feels more like home,” Dinkin