The 2nd annual Stokes Soup in a Bowl is set for Saturday, November 19 at Hanging Rock State Park, continuing a simple concept of service according to Stokes Arts Director Eddy McGee. “We want attendees to fill up on soup, take home a handcrafted bowl, and help support the food ministries of East Stokes Outreach, King Outreach and Northern Stokes Food Pantry.” “It’s just another opportunity for our organization to use the arts in service of Stokes County people, especially before the holidays.”
The event will take place at the Hanging Rock State Park Historic Bathhouse, 1790 Hanging Rock Park Road in Danbury from 12noon to 3pm. “It’s a similar idea behind the empty bowls projects that have happened throughout the country to end hunger, and we just wanted to put our own Stokes County spin on it” McGee added.
For $20 per person, attendees will choose their own handcrafted soup bowl, soup (choices include chicken stew, chili, butternut squash, potato), beverage, and dessert, and hear musical entertainment provided by the Danbury Songwriters, with all proceeds being divided between the three outreach ministries. Local artists Phil Jones and Krista Brown, with the assistance of South Stokes High School art students, have been busy making and glazing handcrafted soup bowls, with volunteers Lisa Robertson, Jeana Dreps, and Bill Nance assisting in preparation of soups, desserts, and volunteers. Karen Calloway and the SSHS Family and Consumer Science students are also assisting with preparing dessert’s, and as part of their Girl Scout Silver Award Project, Lizzy Robertson and Maggie Begick are helping with desserts and canned food donations, and marketing the event.
In addition to the Stokes County Arts Council, the event is supported by Hanging Rock State Park, Food Lion, Walmart/Sam’s Club Foundation, Girl Scout Troop #02342, Ronnie/Lindy Mendenhall, TW Garner Food Co., Wendy’s, and the Alexander Worth McAlister Foundation.
The event will take place rain or shine. “We also want to remind folks to bring canned food, as our goal is to top last year’s 4,000 lb. collected” McGee concluded.
Advanced tickets can be purchased at the Stokes County Arts Council, East Stokes Outreach Ministry, and King Outreach Ministry. Tickets will also be available the day of the event as long as the bowls and soup last.
For more information, contact 336 593-8159 or visit StokesArts.org
Eddy McGee, Director
Stokes County Arts Council
Press from the 2015 event: Soup in a Bowl Helps Feed the Hungry