Appetizing evenings are on the menu, Winter 2016 Cape Cod Home | capecodlife.com

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Originally built as a Catholic church in 1912, Wellfleet Preservation Hall was renovated in 2010-2011 and is used today to host events ranging from art exhibits and farmers’ markets to fitness classes. For the “Food on Film” screenings, a mounted digital projector, motorized screen, and sound system infuse the event with life.

At each screening, Downing and Shkapich introduce the film with movie trivia and some background on why they chose it. Shkapich then presents the dishes to complement that night’s film. Wine and beer are available. While each screening takes a great deal of preparation and lots of volunteer help, Downing says the hard work pays off. In 2016, each screening sold out all 45 seats. For the 2017 series, tickets to individual films are $18, with proceeds being used to cover film rentals and food costs. Any additional income generated is designated for other Preservation Hall programs.

“It’s a lot of work,” Downing says, “but when we get up on that stage to introduce the film, we’re both just beaming because we’re so excited to be there and to see these people wanting to sit together to watch a film.”

“This is a time where people don’t have to leave their house ever to watch a film,” Downing adds. “You don’t have to go pay to see a movie that’s already out, but the fact that they do speaks volumes to the type of community we’re in. We’re doing something special, and they want to be a part of it. And them being there makes it special.”

Wellfleet Preservation Hall is at 335 Main Street in Wellfleet. For information on the series, or to purchase tickets, call the hall at 508-349-1800, or visit wellfleetpreservationhall.org.

Lillian Lowe is a freelance writer and a former editorial intern for Cape Cod Life Publications.