Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Our biggest charity efforts go to the health and preservations of public libraries and a brilliant segment of the University of Connecticut, The Litchfield County Writers Project. And sometimes, quite often, actually, we entertain specifically as a way of raising money for the things we believe in. For instance, weâ€™ve been â€˜auctioned offâ€™ for the benefit of a number of town libraries. A host, or a group of friends â€˜buys usâ€™ for an evening, and we give them dinner or cocktails and Frank and I hold readings for up to 16 people.
Weâ€™ve done dinners of Irish stew (albeit French in itâ€™s complexity) in time for Saint Patrickâ€™s Day and one of my favorites - ham and cabbage dinner I would have fed to royalty â€“ if I knew any. (I donâ€™t.) And by the way â€“ I keep a book of parties - with menus and seating charts, flowers and place-cards, all noted, so I can look back and see what worked â€“ and more importantly â€“ what didnâ€™t.