WILMINGTON – Dinner in the Fields, an annual harvest celebration orchestrated by the Clinton County Leadership Institute (CCLI) and friends, is set for Friday, Aug. 5 at the Wilmington College Farm on Fife Avenue.
The annual event is now in its eighth year and will start with a social hour at 5:30 p.m. Guests will be treated to locally sourced appetizers and be able to purchase Ohio wines by the glass. Dinner – cooked on site – will feature roasted ears of corn, pork and chicken along with fresh vegetables, breads and more. While ice cream is included with dinner, save room for the specialties available at the pie auction.
“Wilmington College is delighted to be hosting the event this year,” said event Co-Chair Sigrid Solomon. “We have walked the space and think there is plenty of room, lots of shade and it is conveniently located.”
As in the past, dinner will be topped off with the Pie/Dessert Auction. Last year leftover meat and some homemade preserves also made it to the auction.
“Our volunteers always amaze us with the wonderful treats we get for this,” asaid Kim Danker, who is coordinating the Pie Auction. “We are looking forward to another great batch of desserts.”
Music will be provided throughout the evening by local musicians. Tables and chairs are available in the shade, or feel free to bring your own blankets or chairs. This family-friendly evening will kick off the harvest season in Clinton County.
“We have many repeat volunteers for this year’s event, so we know dinner will be great,” said event Co-Chair Mark Denniston. “Additionally, we have some new groups involved in preparing appetizers (Wilmington College – with college farm ingredients) and sourcing some of our local supplies. We are looking forward to a large crowd for this fundraiser for the Clinton County Leadership Institute.”
Tickets are $25 in advance, and may be purchased in advance by leaving a message the office at 937-382-7120 or at the Cotton Junky Quilt Shop or at Wilmington College in Pyle Center Office 8. Tickets are also available the night of the event for $30 each. Dinner in the Fields is a community project coordinated by CCLI friends and volunteers highlighting locally sourced meat, produce and talent.
About Leadership Clinton
Developed more than 30 years ago based on a model out of Cincinnati, the Clinton County Leadership Institute offered its first Leadership Clinton class in the spring of 1987. Since then programs have expanded to include Leadership Clinton Youth Collaborative, Community Leader Awards, and a partnership with Junior Achievement.
Guided by the mission to Develop, Inspire, and Connect people today to shape our tomorrow, the Institute accomplishes its mission through continuous improvement of engaging adult, youth, and seminar programs fueled with leadership capacity building, community projects, and community awareness.
The Clinton County Leadership Institute (CCLI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community leadership organization. For more information, contact the CCLI offices between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. week days at 937-372-7120.