Last night I went to a church supper. It was held at the 1st and 2nd church in Boston on 66 Marleboro St 267-6730 -the corner of Berklee. This is a lot more than an ordinary church supper. The church was burned down in the 1960 and the fascinating new architecture includes an open lobby with picture windows. The large round tables are candle-lit and the food is catered by a first class local restaurant. Last night it was a good fresh salad, rolls, sweet potatoes, a vegetable lasagna, a pasta scampi and several desserts including a rum cake to die for. Soft drinks, coffee and tea are included in the $8 fee.
The food was good - and I got to sit with some Turkish people who were doing one of the two subsequent programs. The table conversations were open and inclusive - my first time at the church. The Turks say that the best Turkish food in Boston is at the Istanbul Café on Beacon Hill.
The dinners are held at most Wednesday nights at 6:30 PM. After the dinners there are free discussion programs for all - if you want to go. There appear to be no religious messages in these programs. I came for a lecture and discussion on what is going on in the Mass. Native American communities by a Native American leader. These lecture discussions include up to 20 or so people and begin at 7:30. You do not have to go to dinner to attend - just show up at 7:30. If you just want dessert and coffee it will cost you $2 - probably the way to go since all that good food made me sleepy :- )
There is one Indian reservation left in Mass. It includes all of five acres :- ) I hope they don't get lost there.
Anyway -this is good, solid meal in a unique place with friendly people. One of the programs scheduled for March 8 is about modern Sufism and also a program on dealing with the incredible cost of living in Boston by Janet McGill - Project Director of the Mass. Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project.
I got some good ideas about how to find out what happened to the Native Americans who came before us where I live (Savin Hill) and an all-you-can-eat church dinner. Not bad for a chow and headhound.
Call them for a lecture schedule or post to firstname.lastname@example.org