The public is invited to enjoy a variation on the traditional New England bean supper Saturday, March 21, when the Lincoln County Democratic Committee (LCDC) hosts its second annual “Southwestern-Style” Bean Supper at the American Legion Hall in Boothbay from 4:30 – 7 p.m. The all-you-can-eat family style dinner will include gluten-free and vegetarian options. Midcoast-based, Mexican-born, Spanish classical guitarist Jeffrey Rojo will perform following the dinner service.
Guests will enjoy their choice of southwestern-style vegetarian pinto beans, black beans and chorizo (spicy Mexican sausage), rice, corn chips, guacamole dip, tossed salad, salsa and other toppings, and chocolate desserts.
“We’re very pleased that Jeff can join us again for this special afternoon. It’s a simple menu, but it helps to honor the rich contributions Mexican-Americans have made to our culture,” said Geoff Bates, chair of the LCDC fundraising committee. “Folks from across the county came together last year for a memorable meal, Jeff Rojo’s stories about growing up in Mexico City and Boothbay, and, of course, truly beautiful music,” he continued.
Rojo was born in Mexico City, Mexico. “As a child, I was immersed into a very vibrant and colorful culture where art, food, and music were a huge part of everyday life,” the musician said during a recent conversation. “I was attracted to the guitar and was trained and guided by Bolero guitar legend Alfredo “El Guero Gil” of the world famous Trio Los Panchos.”
After graduating from the Escuela Superior de Musica in Mexico City with a bachelor’s degree in music performance and education, Rojo moved to Maine where he teaches classical guitar at University of Maine at Augusta and the Bay Chamber Music School in Rockport. “How did I get to Belfast, Maine? I had the good fortune to spend summers in the Boothbay region enjoying fishing, boating, hiking and learning other outdoorsman skills from my grandfather, Alfred “Bud” Harrington,” he reminisced. A video of Rojo performing Jose Ferrer’s “Belle” can be seen at https://ww.youtube.com/watch?v=TFyaNMw37I8.
Admission to the supper is $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 6-12, and $35 for a family of four. Hosting opportunities are also available and all proceeds from the event will benefit the grassroots organizing efforts of the LCDC.
The American Legion Hall in Boothbay is located at 25 Industrial Park Dr., just off of State Rte. 27. While walk-ins are welcome, reservations are requested. Host sponsorships are available. To make a reservation or become a host, visit https://lincolncountydemocrats.com/beans. For more information, please contact Bates at (207) 644.8776 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The LCDC uses the money they raise through this and other fundraising initiatives to support their local efforts in Lincoln County. Its grassroots mission is to organize volunteers and communicate with voters in support of candidates who believe in the Democratic ideals and principles of government by, of, and for all the people.
Some LCDC gatherings, like this one, are open to the public. All Democrats and progressive independent or unenrolled voters are encouraged to attend any committee meeting. The next regular monthly LCDC meeting takes place on Thursday, March 26 at 6:30 p.m. at the Newcastle Fire Station, 86 River Rd. Registered Democrats in Lincoln County are invited to join the LCDC as voting members to help in their work.
The Lincoln County Democratic Committee promotes the ideals, principles, and philosophy we share as Democrats. The nomination and election of candidates who advocate these ideals and principles ensure an effective, democratic government of and for all the people.