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The Community House Potluck gathering open to the public

By Staff | Jun 21, 2017

The monthly Community House Potluck Dinner will feature Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Sea Turtle Program Coordinator Kelly Sloan next week.

Sloan will address the topic of what an individual eats impacts sea turtle conservation, from direct harvesting to bycatch from shrimping and commercial fishing.

“It doesn’t matter the age. It’s all about the love of the island, love of the community and love of food,” Nancy Black, who is in charge of the Community House Potluck dinner, said about the monthly event.

Black moved to the island 17 years ago and attended her first potluck last year and instantly fell in love with the gathering.

“I just love it,” Black said smiling. “I feel like it makes me more of a community.”

The gathering of people was a perfect fit for the Sanibel resident after her husband passed away two years ago.

“It gives you that connection to someone, something,” Black said. “I can go out to dinner and not be alone. I can be with people and meet new people.”

She has not missed one potluck since she began attending them.

The monthly potlucks, held on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m., began again when the Sanibel Community Association kicked off their capital campaign for the renovations that were completed earlier this year. Now every month the community gathers for the free potluck, which features a different speaker each month.

“Many of the speakers bring samples,” Black said.

Individuals who attend are asked to bring a dish, appetizer, entree, side dish, or dessert, to pass that serves six or more people.

“We want the community to come,” Black said. “The only cost is the dish you bring.”

The dish, she said can either be homemade, or purchased from the store.

“You can try a dish you wouldn’t have otherwise,” Black said of the numerous dishes at the potluck.

Often times, she said the gathering offers an opportunity to exchange recipes if someone enjoys what they are eating.

Water and iced tea will be available. Black said those who attend can bring their own non-alcohol, or alcoholic beverage. Most people, she said either bring a can of pop, or a bottle of wine with wine glasses.

Black said attendees will be home before dark, due to the potlucks never running past 8 p.m.

The Sanibel Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way. For more information, call (239) 472-2155, or visit sanibelcommunityhouse.net.