Re: Common meals
From: Muriel Kranowski (
Date: Mon, 2 Aug 2021 20:28:54 -0700 (PDT)
We formally resumed our common meals in June -- we'd had some spontaneous
outdoor potlucks for a few weeks before that. We've always had a Sunday
cooked dinner and a potluck dinner on Wednesdays, and went back to that
schedule. We hadn't managed to have a cooked meal every Sunday but have
done pretty well considering it's summer, when common meals have always
been sparse.

Quite a few people carry their plate and place setting out to the CH back
deck or screened-in side porch, especially if they have unvaccinated young
children, or just because it's pleasant (if warm) outside.
   Muriel at Shadowlake Village

On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 12:08 PM Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]>

> We have someone leading a picky eaters potluck. Bring what you were/are
> willing to eat as a picky eater, or what a family member liked as a picky
> eater.
> Also have you tried a porch crawl? Each house or group of houses offers
> appetizer/dessert finger food, and a drink. Start at one end of the
> community and move every 10-15 minutes to the next house/group of houses.
> All outside. (We have 34 households and get 10-15 stopping points each
> time, some are grouped to be sure the event finishes in 2 hours.)
> Also, we increased attendance by making the porch outside a good place to
> eat. Still only doing 1 or 2 meals a week instead of 3 or 4 since we have
> fewer volunteers and fewer eaters.
> -Liz at Mosaic Commons in Berlin, MA.
> Where I'm cooking today--lettuce wraps with rice and fish or lentils, quick
> pickles, and sweet chilli aioli.
> (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
> Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
> Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries
> 508-450-0431
> On Mon, Aug 2, 2021 at 11:44 AM Sandy Thomson <sandykthomson [at]>
> wrote:
> > We started common meals back up after covid but they aren’t being that
> > well attended.  I would like to jump start our common meal program and am
> > wondering what are some fun creative things other people have done with
> > common meals.  Let’s have a fun brainstorm and maybe other communities
> are
> > having the same problem and need some new ideas. Thanks for sharing some
> > fun ideas.
> > Sandy
> > Heartwood Cohousing
> >
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