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JUST IN: Bridge-spanning community meal not returning this fall, making major shift 

Organizers of the Longest Table, the massive dinner that has drawn hundreds to The Third Street Bridge the last two years, are shaking things up. 

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Bryan Stewart, Longest Table Dayton’s founder, said the large community dinner will be held next spring instead of this fall. 

The Longest Table is a 2016  winning project from the UpDayton Summit that aims to bring local people together. It is led by Stewart, a city of Dayton legislative aide.

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Stewart said more than 2,000 people have attended the two large, main Third Street Bridge meals as well as smaller meals held at a list of places that include Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley’s home and Courthouse Square. 

Stewart said the larger meal is being switched to spring because the season is often a time of rebirth and when “people go out and make new friends.” 

“It will be something fun and something different,” he said.

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The two big meals so far in 2016 and 2017 were held in October.

The spring main meal will likely be held at across the Third Street bridge, which is also known as the Peace Bridge, but Stewart said the location is not set in stone.  

“We could find something super cool in the spring,” he said. 

He encourages people to attend the upcoming Longest Table community meals. 

The sessions typically include a free meal and conversations design to foster connections. 

“We feed as many people as we can before we run out and try to remind people that the conversation is the centerpiece,” he said. 

Diversity is encouraged at each meal. 

“The more diverse the table, the more interesting the conversation,” Stewart said. 

UPCOMING LONGEST TABLE MEALS

More than 500 Dayton residents gathered on the Third Street Bridge for conversation and a meal during The Longest Table event, which was held Saturday, Oct. 15. The concept was one of the winning projects at the UpDayton Summit.

 🍴 Philadelphia Woods/Mount Calvary/Valerie Arms 

When: 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 7

Where: Mt. Calvary Church, 3375 W. Siebenthaler Ave., Dayton

Register: thelongesttabledayton.com/julymtcalvary2018

🍴 Belmont/Eastmont/Hearthstone

When: Noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 14 

Where: Lohrey Recreation Center,  2366 Glenarm Ave., Dayton

Register: thelongesttabledayton.com/julybeh2018

🍴 St. Anne’s Hills/Newcom Plain/Historic Huffman

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

Where: East Fourth Street (additional details will be announced)

🍴 Old North Dayton/McCook Field 

When: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8 

Where: Hart Street (additional details will be announced) 

🍴 Sinclair Community College 

When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Where: 444 W. Third St., Dayton (additional details will be announced)  

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