As September draws to a close, it’s nice to notice that summer threw us a few more days before fall and, eventually, winter come at us with full force. A quick peek back at warm days and lazy afternoons. As people start looking for wood for burning, the price of oil for furnaces and *gasp* forays into Christmas shopping, we also are looking forward, preparing for the seasons to come. Every day, every season, every event seems to come with a mix of past, present and future.
In my personal life, we’ve recently undertaken the chaos and commotion with that project known as KITCHEN RENOVATION. An event that has been years in the making, waiting in the wings for the circumstances to align and finally come to realization! So as I boxed up all my cooking toys, tools and utensils, sorted through the plethora of mugs collected over the years, there was that look back into decades of life lived in our kitchen.
With the supplies and belongings removed, “the boys” began the demolition of what was probably a state of the art, up-to-date showroom of a kitchen when it was first built some 40-odd years ago. Hints of the past revealed themselves again, under layers of paneling and carpet (kitchen carpet? What were they thinking?) and consideration for other lives, other meals and another era as we prepared to move forward.
I have the chance to choose counter top, cabinet styles, fresh paint colors and some pretty impressive new appliances. Looking forward to cooking, entertaining and the general benefit of having everything fresh and new, not to mention in good working order!
As I plan for a new future in our private cooking arena, live with the present chaos of a dismantled kitchen, a piece of the past peeked out and provided inspiration for our October plans at All Are Welcome (aka – I told you that story to tell you this one):
Last year, we spent October trying to encourage more folks to visit All Are Welcome by launching our own independent SCARE AWAY HUNGER program with reminders that there are a lot more people than most would care to admit are who are struggling to keep food on the table – seniors on fixed incomes, families that receive free or reduced meals through the schools but have nothing for weekends or vacations, disabled individuals who’s earning potential is limited by physical or mental illness and just regular folks who find themselves caught between incomes that aren’t increasing to match the higher cost of living.
Once again we invite you all to visit All Are Welcome and help us SCARE AWAY HUNGER – we’ll have some fall & Halloween crafts, our Halloween Tree (based on the book by Ray Bradbury…check it out at the local library!) will be on the wall for folks to decorate with pumpkins, and we’ll have some sort of Halloween giveaway the last week of the month.
This October, we’d like to offer a little THROW BACK THURSDAY into our mix. For those of you who haven’t heard this term, THROW BACK THURSDAY is a social media theme (Face Book, Twitter, Instagram) that has folks pulling out their faded photos, scrapbook clippings and assorted memorabilia as an excuse to post more things, remember family and friends and poke some good-natured fun at themselves!
Among the tidbits found during our demolition, we found a section of the Standard Times featuring the Middleboro School Lunch Menus. Not exactly stellar, healthy choices by 2014 guidelines, I guess, but so reminiscent of the mental picture that comes to mind when someone says “School Lunch”.
Our October menu has been created based on the meals featured in this 1971 clipping – and because our lunch service happens on Thursday – we have given a nod (with some artistic license) to good old School Lunch!
As you peruse our menu based on the PAST, while you read this post in the PRESENT, that you will consider a hope for the FUTURE: No one should ever be hungry. Our mission at All Are Welcome is to ensure that everyone has access to a tasty, nutritious meal. Our ALL VOLUNTEER staff works hard to pull our collective group of personalities, experiences and capabilities together to prepare, serve and present a dining experience worthy of the donations offered by our guests and inviting to all, especially those who benefit from our mission.
Please join us this month to help us SCARE AWAY HUNGER and enjoy some fun, some food and some friendship. Help us to help others – by sharing our mission, posting our menus and most of all by dining at All Are Welcome!!