Bits & Bites: Dining out opportunities include pork chop dinner, pig roast


The Hinsdale Lions Club will hold a stuffed pork chop dinner, with mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetable, dessert and beverage, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the clubhouse, Route 143, Hinsdale.

The cost is $12 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

For reservations or take-out, call 413-655-2973.


The Lee Fire Company and Evening Star Lodge of Mason are co-sponsoring a family pig roast starting at 2 p.m. Saturday at the lodge's 195 Laurel St. pavilion (next door to the state police barracks).

The picnic will begin with hamburgers and hot dogs sodas and water, kids games, etc. The main meal, roast pig, baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cob, and watermelon as dessert will be served around 4 p.m.

Tickets are $20 per adult and kids younger than 15 pay their age. Ticket are limited and can be purchased from any fireman or at the auto parts store in Lee. Proceeds are for the organizations' scholarship funds.


Don Leab will present an illustrated talk "Our Farming Heritage: Ioka Valley Farm" at the Stephentown Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Stephentown Heritage Center, 4 Staples Road (corner of Garfield Road), Stephentown, N.Y.

This diversified family farm in neighboring Hancock has been a leader in farming and conservation. Leab will tell about the farm itself and how it has changed over the years. The event is The program is free and the building is handicapped accessible. For directions, call 518-733-0010.


Do you like to cook? Would you like a reason to learn to cook or try new recipes? Do you just want something fun and different to do at lunchtime?

On the first Thursday of the month, gather together with fellow cooks and friends for lunch, while exploring different cuisines and cookbooks from the Stockbridge Library's collection.

The next meeting will take place at noon Thursday. This month's featured title will be "Simple: Effortless Food, Big Flavors" by Diana Henry.

Check the information in the library's enewsletter or on its website for the date of the next lunchtime meeting, along with which cookbook is going to be the source for our upcoming exploration. Typically, the cookbooks chosen have interesting things to make, but do not require elaborate preparations or impossible-to-find ingredients. Then stop in at the library and ask to browse the month's featured cookbook at the front desk.

After browsing, choose a recipe to prepare and bring to the next meeting. Copy the recipe and put a post-it on that recipe with your name (that way we won't end up with duplicates).

At each meeting, we'll enjoy the shared food while also chatting about the featured cookbook and your experiences with the recipes.

For more information, call the library at 413-298-5501. The library is at 46 Main St., Stockbridge.


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