One of the staples of human interaction is the simple act of sharing a meal. But take that meal, make it a multi-course affair and serve each course at a different location along with games and challenges? That’s the definition of a progressive dinner.
Fort Leonard Wood will hold its inaugural Progressive Dinner Party Oct. 23. For $20 per person, participants can enjoy what organizers have termed “a four-course dining experience” at six different locations on post. The idea is not only to have fun but also to introduce (or reintroduce) participants to what’s available on the installation, according to LoraLee Neubeck with the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Installation Wide Events office.
“This is the first progressive one we’ve done here,” she said. “A lot of people may not have heard of (progressive dinners), but it’s surprising how many communities across the country do them because they’re a lot of fun.”
The Oct. 23 event will begin with check-in from 5 to 5:30 p.m. at Daugherty Bowling Center. Participants will then proceed to Davidson Fitness Center, the Fort Leonard Wood Rec Plex, Ozark Tavern, the Outdoor Adventure Center and Pershing Community Center. Along the way, they’ll enjoy appetizers, nonalcoholic “mocktails,” salads, dinner and dessert at various locations, along with a series of “challenges” that organizers are keeping secret.
“We’re going to offer some kind of activity, but I can’t share that as of yet,” Jeffrey Barrett, FMWR Outdoor Recreation Program manager said when asked about the challenge awaiting participants at the OAC.
“All I can say is that we are conducting an activity and it will be related to Outdoor Rec — related to one of the skills we thrive on,” Barrett said. “But we also want to make sure the entire family can take part, whether they’re experienced or a novice. So, I will say any family member will be able to step in and conduct it.”
Neubeck said each “challenge” will be worth points, which will be tallied at Pershing Community Center.
Social distancing and other COVID-19 related safety protocols will be in place at each site.
Registration is open now through Oct. 21 for the Progressive Dinner Party. To register, or for more information, call the Installation Wide Events office at 573.596.6913 or visit the event listing online at https://leonardwood.armymwr.com.