noise/quiet at dinners
From: Lynn Nadeau (
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2002 16:05:02 -0700 (MST)
Here at RoseWind, we haven't yet run into a noise problem at dinners. 
Probably a combination of our acoustics (we did a fair amount of acoustic 
treatment when building) and the fact that we are more likely to have 6 
young children at a meal than 26. But as I read about groups where people 
are declining to attend common-house suppers because it's too noisy, I 
wonder if anyone has tried having either a "quiet" sitting, earlier or 
later, or perhaps with a table or two in a space apart from the main 
dining room, or a quiet meal on certain evenings? The simple fact of lots 
of people in a room needn't mean a lot of noise: think Trappist monks?! 

Sure, a few people might say "whatsa matter, you don't like kids?/ you 
don't like talk?" but overall it would be better to have a quiet seating 
than to have people not eat together, I'd think. 

Zen supper on Tuesdays? Anyone tried some such approach? 


Lynn Nadeau, RoseWind Cohousing
Port Townsend Washington (Victorian seaport, music, art, nature)

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