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First Parish In-Home Dinners in January

Illustration of a Family Gathering

What are In-Home Dinners? Every year, usually in January/February, everyone in First Parish has the opportunity to have dinner with 8-12 people held in the private homes of members and friends. The dinners are Pot Luck, with the host/hostess arranging what people will bring to ensure there is a balanced meal. Every effort is made to accommodate special needs, such as dietary restrictions, accessibility to the house, allergies, etc.

Dates: January 22 (Friday), January 24 (Sunday), January 30 (Saturday)

How does it work? In-Home Dinners are organized by the Community & Hospitality Committee (CHC).

  • People volunteer to host a dinner, indicating the dates(s) to host and the number of people (including those already in the household) that can be accommodated at the dinner table.
  • Anyone who wants to attend a dinner, chooses a date and backup date (if possible) to attend.
  • The CHC matches hosts/hostesses and attendees and provides each host with a list of attendees for that home.
  • The host/hostess contacts the attendees for that dinner and coordinates what each person will bring. (Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, dessert, wine, etc.)

There are multiple dinners on each date. However, to encourage as many people as possible to attend an In-Home Dinner, the CHC is trying something different this year. There are some special dinners:

  • January 24: One late afternoon/early evening family dinner for parents of younger children who prefer a total family experience rather than attending an adults-only dinner. (Maximum 10 adults and 20 children).
  • January 30: One evening dinner especially for parents of teens AND their teens.
  • January 30: A mid-day brunch.

Sign up now! …. And, then be sure to reserve the date(s) on your calendar.

Contact Sheila Davison, (If necessary, call 978-212-5374).

  1. Do you want to host? If yes, number of people you can accommodate; are there pets in your house; are there steps to access your house?
  2. Do you want to attend? If yes, choose a first and backup date. Do you have pet allergies, difficulty with steps, dietary restrictions or strong dietary preferences.
  3. Do you need a ride? Let us know and it can be arranged.