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Last year, I didn’t find out about Le Diner en Blanc until it was almost over. I noticed some of my Facebook friends frantically trying to borrow white folding chairs and then I saw people dressed in white appearing to be having a grand time. What was it all about and how did I miss it?

A few days went past and I saw the stories in the paper about the first Diner en Blanc (DEB) in Pittsburgh. It sounded like the type of event that I would like to be a part of. I made up my mind that if this was to be an annual event that I would attend year two. From what I read on the DEB website, you needed to register and then wait. What? Wait? It was suggested that I ask someone who attended the previous year to assist me. I registered and began to receive emails that explained the process. Finally, I was in. I was asked to select a table leader and a pedestrian leader. I tried to pick two ladies that looked friendly. The fee was $29 a person. This covers the fees that are paid to secure the space for the dinner.

This is not a party for faint at heart. You can’t just show up in your white outfit. The white outfit was the least of my worries. There are strict guidelines and I was worried that I may not get something right. My sister was in town on that weekend and I asked her to be my guest. I explained to her before she arrived and told her to bring a white outfit, not cream not beige, white. I also told her about the table requirements and that I thought my card table was too large. That’s right, you have to bring your own table and chairs. Her table was just right; so she put in the trunk and headed to Pittsburgh.

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