Friday, March 9, 2012

Tenth Annual UMass Amherst Libraries Dinner with Friends

On Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m., the Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries will host the tenth annual Dinner with Friends” at the Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst.  Yankee Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief Judson Hale will spin stories about New England’s past and present.  During a gourmet feast featuring New England fare, food historians and University of Massachusetts Press authors Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald will cook up some tasty tales from the region’s entertaining culinary history.  The evening will include a champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception with UMass Amherst student jazz musicians.   

Corporate sponsors to date include Bassette Printing; Brattle Book Shop; Elsevier; Lexington Group; Marcus Printing; MicroTek, Inc.; Prime Time Plus; Sunshine Sign Co.; Taylor Rental; UMass Amherst University Store; UMass Catering; and Wiley-Blackwell. 

The Dinner with Friends is the Libraries’ signature fundraising event.  Yankee Publishing Inc., home of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac, has donated its archives to UMass Amherst Libraries’ Special Collections and University Archives. The Yankee archives strengthen the Library’s holdings in New England history and culture.  This year’s proceeds will benefit an endowment for the Yankee Publishing New England Fellowship. The Fellowship will provide students with structured, hands-on experience using and interpreting historical documentary resources and create new scholarship about New England from the collections.

The dinner will feature historical recipes including chowder in honor of the recent book, History of Chowder, by Rob Cox, head of Special Collections and University Archives and Alumnus Jacob Walker ’09.

Tickets are $150 per person ($100 is tax-deductible).  Complimentary passes for the parking garage will be provided.  Handicap parking is available next to the Library. 

UMass Amherst Libraries are open to all residents of Massachusetts, offering a rich array of resources and services. 

For more information and to make reservations contact Carol Connare at (413) 545-0995, email, or visit the Dinner with Friends web site  Individual and corporate sponsorships are available starting at $250.  For more information about the Libraries visit

Dinner with Friends, April 14, 2012 – Speakers’ bios:
Judson Hale is editor-in-chief of Yankee Magazine and the Old Farmer’s Almanac.  Jud’s wit and wisdom have established him as a beloved New England icon and expert. He has appeared nationally on Good Morning America, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and Larry King Live. Hale has written two books about New England: Inside New England and The Education of a Yankee.  His latest book, Discovering Our Faraway Brother, is about his autistic older sibling. His monthly online column, “Jud’s New England Journal,” is credited as the first podcast offered by a consumer magazine.

Authors Keith Stavely and Kathleen Fitzgerald have written two books together about New England’s food history: Northern Hospitality: Cooking by the Book in New England and America’s Founding Food: The Story of New England Cooking. Through lively presentations and sprightly give-and-take with their audiences, they bring the hidden history of New England foodways to light, along the way showing how a region’s food practices can illuminate its broader social and cultural history.

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