WILMINGTON -- On Saturday, come to Wilmington for an Empty Bowls simple soup dinner and soul-stirring music to help fill the bowls of the hungry in the community.

Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m., at Twin Valley High School for $10 with a $25 family maximum; dessert will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and is offered by donation; the concert is at 7:30 p.m., at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 13 E. Main St., $10. All tickets will be available at the door.

Soups include Folly Food’s Clam Chowder, Dot’s Restaurant’s famous Tomato and Cheddar, Sandy Wirstrom’s heartwarming Lentil Soup, Betty Appel’s much sought after Hamburg Soup, and Irma Bartlett’s iconic Clam Chowder. If you haven’t tried the Matterhorn’s amazing Pickle Soup, this is the night to do it. Soup will be served in unique bowls to take home while supplies last. Bowls are donated by Will Finkel, John McLeod, Karen Horton, Twin Valley High School and Twice Blessed.

The evening’s entertainment will provide a range of musical offerings, from Mozart to traditional music, string quartet to mandolin. Musicians donating their talents include Michelle Liechti, violin, Bob Hancock, violin and viola, Gennifer Sussman, viola, Pedro Pereira, cello, Barbara Lipstadt, piano (electronic), Robin Matathias, flute, Marietta Formanek, soprano, Melissa Willis, trumpet, Rob Freeberg, trumpet, Karen Horton, French horn, Riley Goodemote, trombone (mandolin), and Sue Lemei, tuba.


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All proceeds from this evening will benefit the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry, whose mission is to ensure that no one in the area goes needlessly hungry, or lacks the basics for personal care. The Food Pantry provides food and other items to all those who ask for assistance, relying on donations of food items, the financial support of local churches, towns, organizations and individuals, plus an annual drive to ensure shelves are never empty. The Deerfield Valley Food Pantry serves Dover, Halifax, Jacksonville, Marlboro, Readsboro, Searsburg, Whitingham, and Wilmington and strives to never turn away a neighbor in need.

The Wilmington Empty Bowls event is sponsored by the Brattleboro Music Center and St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. For information, call the Brattleboro Music Center at 802-257-4523 or visit www.bmcvt.org.