- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 19 December 2018
Late on a weekday morning, the air fills with a light breeze as you walk up to a door, opening it the scent of a warm harvest soup simmering on a stove and the sound of lively voices chattering out into the country air.
You walk into a friendly lunchtime gathering, pick a seat by a window, and take a few minutes to settle before you add your voice to the discussion around you.
Welcome to your local dining center and luncheon club. More than a dozen groups gather during the week all across Franklin County and the North Quabbin region. Have you given one of these lunches a try? It’s worth dropping by and seeing why so many locals keep returning.
“It’s good visiting time. We have a chance to gab,” says a luncheon club attendee. “We have a good time!”
Participants are asked to call to sign up for lunch by 11 a.m., one serving day in advance. You do not have to be a resident of the community in which you dine. A $3 suggested donation will help cover the cost of the meals.
The Athol, Deerfield, Montague, Northfield, Orange, and Shelburne dining centers all reached their 45th anniversaries this year, having been among the first meal sites to open back in 1973.