Literary-themed dinners return

BAR HARBOR — A series of literary-themed dinners will raise money for the Jesup Memorial Library. The Pages and Repasts fundraisers, hosted by community members or businesses, include a book-themed meal and literary discussion.

The meals kick off on Saturday, Jan. 16, with “Brunch in Lothlorien” at the Acacia House Inn. There will be two seatings for this J.R.R. Tolkien-themed meal set in Lothlorien, the Elven forest realm featured in the “Lord of the Rings.” Jesup Director Ruth Eveland will facilitate the discussion as you enjoy fruit, pastry and a main course, plus a hot and cold beverage. There are nine seats available at 9 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25 per person.

On Thursday, Feb. 11, at 6 p.m., Karen Zimmerman, owner of Z Studio in Bar Harbor, and Dennis Smith will host a Scandinavian feast paired with the book “A Man Called Ove” by Swedish author Fredrik Backman. If weather permits, there will be appetizers around a bonfire. There are seven seats available for this dinner. The cost is $55 per person.

On Saturday, March 12, at 5:30 p.m., travel to the banks of the Sepik River in 1930s Papua New Guinea for a “Euphoria”-themed dinner. “Euphoria,” by Maine author Lily King, is based on the real lives and work of anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson. Darron Collins, College of the Atlantic president and an anthropologist himself, and Karen Collins will discuss the love triangles and tribal communities over a meal prepared from Lise Desrochers’ recipes from the College of the Atlantic kitchen. There are seven seats available for this dinner, which costs $55 per person.

On Saturday, April 16, at 6 p.m., Jack Russell, chair of the Acadia National Park Centennial, and Sandy Wilcox, will host a meal featuring the book “Lakes and Ponds of Mt. Desert” by Bill Newlin. Explore some of MDI’s 25 lakes with Jesup Memorial Library board member Kenneth Cline, a co-author of the book. There are seven seats available for this dinner. The cost is $55 per person.

The last Pages and Repasts fundraiser will be a farm-to-table luncheon on Sunday, May 15, at 1 p.m. at Sweet Pea’s Café, hosted by owner Matt Gerald and his staff. The theme of the lunch and the book to go with it will be decided soon. There are 14 seats available for this lunch, which costs $35 per person.

There are a limited number of spaces for each Pages and Repasts meal. All tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the Jesup’s front desk, by phone at 288-4245 or online at Cash, check and credit card will be accepted.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

Pages and Repasts is a vital fundraiser for the Jesup, which is a private nonprofit though it serves as the public library for Bar Harbor. The Jesup receives less than 5 percent of its annual funding from the town. Endowments provide 49 percent. Events like Pages and Repasts are a fun and delicious way to fill the gap. Thanks to our hosts for this tasteful way to help the Jesup.

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