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Friends of Dorothy  diner en blanc set

The first Friends of Dorothy Holiday Diner en Blanc will be held at Michele’s Ristorante in Keene on Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. This reservation-only event is sponsored by Gilead Sciences, and proceeds benefit AIDS Services for the Monadnock Region.

A Diner en Blanc is customarily a pop-up dinner in a secret location where attendees dress in white and bring their own tables, chairs and feasts. For this winter’s diner en blanc event, guests are asked to wear at least one article of white clothing or accessory and bring a white or red ornament. This ornament collection and other special gifts will be raffled at the end of the night. Attending the event entitles patrons to one raffle ticket.

The four-course meal includes hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, entrées, such as Michele’s award-winning Maine lobster ravioli and bracciolone, and dessert. Vegetarian offerings and a special libation menu will be created for the occasion.

The evolution of the term “Friends of Dorothy” reaches back more than half a century. Historians say that the term came into use in the 1950s as gays and lesbians developed a bond with the musical icon Judy Garland.

Garland’s most famous role as the courageous and optimistic Dorothy in the 1939 classic “The Wizard of Oz” gave gays and lesbians a secret code word, which they could use to refer to themselves. At cocktail parties or gatherings where one did not feel comfortable or safe, the discreet inquiry, “Are you a Friend of Dorothy?” would be made. Today, Friends of Dorothy events are meant to celebrate community inclusiveness and acceptance.

To receive menu details and make reservations, call AIDS Services at 357-6855 or email susan.macneil@asmronline.org. Tickets are $50 per person or $90 per couple. AIDS Services is funded, in part, by the Monadnock United Way, City of Keene and Broadway Cares.

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