The Hippo

HOME| ADVERTISING| CONTACT US|

 
Apr 19, 2018







NEWS & FEATURES

POLITICAL

FOOD & DRINK

ARTS

MUSIC & NIGHTLIFE

POP CULTURE



BEST OF
CLASSIFIEDS
ADVERTISING
CONTACT US
PAST ISSUES
ABOUT US
MOBILE UPDATES
LIST MY CALENDAR ITEM


Dinner with Sarah Smiley

 
When: Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m.
 
Where: The Masonic Lodge, 30 Mont Vernon St., Milford
 
Cost: Free; bring a nonperishable donation. RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 11
 
 




Guess who’s coming to dinner?
Book tour kicks off with community meal

09/04/14



Author Sarah Smiley will be kicking off her book tour in Milford with a dinner — fitting, considering her book, Dinner with the Smileys, is all about mealtime with community members.
 
When her husband was deployed, Smiley and her three sons decided to invite one community member to the dinner table each week for one year. The Smileys met and ate with a state senator, local teachers, their 94-year old neighbor and even R2-D2. Now, to launch her book tour, Toadstool Bookstore in Milford and The SHARE Center are partnering together to invite Smiley to Milford’s own community meal.
 
“I pitched it that way — wouldn’t it be nice to be have dinner with a Smiley? — and then I read the book and it was wonderful,” Toadstool Bookstore co-manager Brian Woodbury said. 
 
The community meals typically serve about 100 to 150 diners, and different area groups cook and serve the meal each week. SHARE Center Executive Director Christine Janson said it’s almost always spaghetti.
 
“It’s one of these things that it was intended for all members of the community,” Janson said. “The majority of the people who come, come for community, for fellowship.”
 
Other bookstores are following a similar book event model (more than just a meet and greet with the author and a book signing), but the event in Milford is unique. The SHARE Center and Toadstool Bookstore partnered for the event, the local Lions Club will cook and the Masons will host. Woodbury said that he has also invited state leaders like Gov. Maggie Hassan and Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.
 
“It’s the first event on her tour, so I’d like to start it off with a bang,” Woodbury said.
 
After dinner, Woodbury said, a representative from each of the community groups will be invited to talk about what they do in the community, followed by a discussion and book signing with Smiley. 
 

 






®2018 Hippo Press. site by wedu