Dinner in the Fields is around the corner


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One of the highlights of the annual Dinner in the Fields event is the pie auction. Here at last year’s eevent one of the pies is shown to guests as they bid on the tasty treats.


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Guests Ashley Leyes of Waynesville, left, and Kathy Anderson of Caesarscreek Twp., Greene County, select from the fresh vegetables served at the annual Clinton County Dinner in the Fields last year at Wilmington College.


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WILMINGTON – The ninth annual Clinton County Leadership Institute’s (CCLI) Dinner in the Fields will be held on Friday, Aug. 4 beginning at 5:30 p.m. — and this year dinner will be held on the farm of David, Susan, Brooke and Madgeann Beam at 885 Spencer Road in Sabina.

“Showcasing the best of Clinton County grown and prepared foods, Dinner in the Fields is sure to tantalize taste buds and provide quality, family-friendly entertainment for all ages to celebrate the beginning of harvest,” said Event Co-Chair Patti Settlemyre said. “Guests will be able to taste local gastronomy from the various Clinton County farms. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase Ohio wines by the glass to accompany their meal.

“A full meal, cooked on the farm, will feature sweet corn, pork, chicken, fresh vegetables, breads, and more. While homemade ice cream is included with dinner, remember to save room for the delicacies available at the dessert auction following the conclusion of the meal.”

“My family and I are looking forward to hosting Dinner in the Fields and showcasing Clinton County’s agricultural history,” said Brooke Beam, who is the seventh generation in her family to be an Ohio farmer.

The Beam family will be showcasing 16mm home videos of the family’s farm and Clinton County from the early 1950s, demonstrating how Clinton County agriculture had changed over the decades. The Beam farm is located in Wilson Township, situated atop the glacial moraine, and it will provide guests with sweeping views of cropland.

The event is planned, prepared and served by volunteers.

“Our volunteers always amaze us with the wonderful treats we get for this,” said Kim Danker, who is coordinating the Dessert Auction. “We are looking forward to another great batch of desserts.”

“We have many repeat volunteers for this year’s event, so we know dinner will be great,” said Dinner in the Fields Co-Chair Bill Liermann. “Additionally, we have some new groups involved in preparing appetizers and sourcing some of our local food supplies. We are looking forward to a large crowd for this fundraiser for the Clinton County Leadership Institute which tends to bring is quite a few people from outside of the county.”

Music, entertainment and games for all ages will be available throughout the evening. A tent will provide additional shade for the dining area.

Tables and chairs are provided; however, guests may feel free to bring their own blankets or chairs.

Tickets are $35 in advance and may be purchased in advanced by calling the CCLI office at 937-382-7120 or at the Cotton Junky Quilt Shop downtown Wilmington 937-366-6302. Kids ages 4-10 are $10 each (3 and under eat free).

Tickets are also available the night of the event for $40 each. Dinner in the Fields is a community project coordinated by CCLI friends and volunteers highlighting locally sourced meat, produce and talent and sponsored by the support of the Wilmington News Journal.

About Leadership Clinton

Developed over 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 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community leadership organization formed in 1986.

For more information, contact the CCLI office weekdays at 937-382-7120.

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One of the highlights of the annual Dinner in the Fields event is the pie auction. Here at last year’s eevent one of the pies is shown to guests as they bid on the tasty treats.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/07/web1_pies-auctioned.jpgOne of the highlights of the annual Dinner in the Fields event is the pie auction. Here at last year’s eevent one of the pies is shown to guests as they bid on the tasty treats. News Journal file photos

Guests Ashley Leyes of Waynesville, left, and Kathy Anderson of Caesarscreek Twp., Greene County, select from the fresh vegetables served at the annual Clinton County Dinner in the Fields last year at Wilmington College.
http://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2017/07/web1_dining-at-event.jpgGuests Ashley Leyes of Waynesville, left, and Kathy Anderson of Caesarscreek Twp., Greene County, select from the fresh vegetables served at the annual Clinton County Dinner in the Fields last year at Wilmington College. News Journal file photos

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