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March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST


Our “Las Mesas” are intimate, salon-style gatherings where friends come together to explore philosophy and ideas over hand-crafted meals & wine.  Each season, a different community member(s) hosts a “La Mesa” dinner at their house, opening up their home for community members to gather and enjoy the fun of philosophy, the beauty of rich and meaningful conversation, and the joy of good food & friends (old and new).


“La mesa” translates to “the table” in Spanish.  It’s where people come together & break bread!  It’s where stories & laughter & ideas are shared. It’s where toasts are made & moments honored.  There’s something special about this — something worth cherishing & pursuing.  That’s the basis & inspiration for our Las Mesas — gathering ’round a table with friends, over good food & good conversation….and, of course, philosophy!

Unique, transformative, thought-provoking, and funevenings involve a full course meal & beverages over loosely facilitated philosophical conversation.  Format is structured similar to our Think & Drink conversations with topics selected democratically by guests.


When & Where


Date: Friday, March 8th
Time: 6pmish-8:30pmish
Hosts: Marie Z. Bourgeois & Ross P. Nelson
Where: 1630 Stuart Street, Helena MT 59601
Other: Guest count limited to 8-10 total


RSVP:  No more seats at the table available/Full
Donation: $100 per guest (includes dinner, drinks, facilitated conversation & good cheer!)

Proceeds from seat donations are tax-deductible, benefit Merlin CCC & go toward our free philosophy in the community programs. 

You can bring a check with you the night of or make a donation on-line. (If you opt for the latter, if you would please be so kind as to check the box to include the payment platform processing fee in your contribution so that the Merlin is able to apply the entire $100 donation to our programs.)

Winter La Mesa Hosts

Marie Z. Bourgeois & Ross P. Nelson generously offered to host our first ever La Mesa gathering.  Both Marie & Ross have been steadfast members of the Merlin community since we broke ground almost 10-years ago!  Regularly attending and participating in a variety of our activities, volunteering, contributing to, collaborating in, serving as panelists and on committees, and inspiring several of our programs, Marie & Ross are rockstars.  We’re so appreciative and grateful for their support and their delightfully inquisitive spirits and love of good conversation, good food, and good people. And — for what it’s worth (especially in the context of our Winter La Mesa gathering) they’re damn good cooks and hosts!  Prepare to be dazzled!!!



March 8
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm MST
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Marisa Diaz-Waian


Residence of Marie Z. Bourgeois & Ross P. Nelson
1630 Stuart Street
Helena, MT 59601 United States
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