Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Oct. 11

Posted 9/23/18

The Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries will be held at the Municipal Building in Double Springs on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m.The …

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Empty Bowls fundraiser set for Oct. 11


The Eighth Annual Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit the Winston County Arts Council and Main Street Ministries will be held at the Municipal Building in Double Springs on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m.

The municipal building is located at 23415 Highway 195 in Double Springs. 

The proceeds are divided equally between the arts council and Main Street Ministries Food Bank, said Winston County Circuit Clerk J.D. Snoddy, who leads both organizations. 

Snoddy said, "We get soup makers from all over the county and other places come in. They make their favor soup." He said 20 to 30 soup makers usually participate, including the Culinary Arts Department from Wallace State Community College. 

Ticket holders can try all the soups and have as much as they like, he said. "Then they get a handmade bowl to take home with them, made from the pottery shop at Meek High School," he said. 

A sampling of the 500 bowls to be ready by that night, shown by arts council members recently at Meek High School, shows unique and varied designs of all different colors. Professional pottery will also be for sale that night, as the pottery that will be taken home is made in part by a professional potter who taught pottery at Wallace State. That artist runs the shop, in the old Meek High field house at the football stadium. 

A silent auction and a raffle for a diamond ring and a three-piece pearl necklace will also be held, Snoddy said. The necklace was donated by Ed White Jewelers in Cullman and is valued at $350, according to education coordinator Blythe Welton of the arts council.

Also, $100 gift cards from Harbor Freight and Home Depot will be given away. 

Welton said the raffle will continue to the weekend of an upcoming production the arts council is mounting. 

"All our money goes to provide art in the schools and to support other arts in our county," many times through concerts and theatrical productions, Welton said. A new one, the Free State Haunted Howl," featuring music from the film "The World's Greatest Showman," will take place on Oct. 27-28 at Looney's Tavern in Double Springs. Students from Meek, Addison and Winston County high schools, as well as from Double Springs Middle School, will participate, making up the Free State Theater Troupe. 

The raffle winner will be pulled at the end of the 2 p.m. Oct. 28 performance. 

Baked goods will also be for sale that night. 

Welton said funds are needed for the arts council (winstoncountyarts.org), as the group has to pay salaries and school supplies. "We are the only group that provides arts throughout the county," she said. 

Snoddy said some students from Curry in Walker County have come to use the pottery shop at Meek High School. The group has also partnered with the Walker Are Community Foundation to mount an exhibit at the Bankhead House in Jasper. 

Snoddy said the Main Street Ministries Food Bank is a non-profit service in Double Springs that serves all of Winston County except for the city limits of Haleyville, because a church serves that area.

"They feed from 500 to 1,000 people a month," he said. "They provide food and clothing if people need it, and furniture." 

The ministry partners with Wallace State in providing GED classes and a Ready to Work program, Snoddy said. "It partners with the Capstone Clinic to provide low-cost medical care for the clients there. It partners with the Diabetic Foundation to come up with recipes that the diabetics can use, made from the products they get from Main Street Ministries. It provides parenting classes also." 

The entire ministry is provided without anyone involved getting any compensation, he said, using only volunteers. Some volunteers having to work with the ministry to fulfill community service requirements "are around positive influences in their lives and they have turned their lives around," including people who were on drugs. 

"They are still working and volunteering at Main Street," he said. 

Snoddy said the ministry is based in the old C&H Building Supply on Main Street in Double Springs.

"Both organizations are 501(c)(3) groups, so any donations or anything given is tax deductible," he said. 

The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance at several locations in Winston County, including the Arley Library and  Main Street Ministries, as well as from representatives of the two organizations.

Tickets for the Oct. 27-28 production can also be obtained at the door or at the Arley Library for $6, with tickets for students selling for $3. 

Anyone wanting more information may call Snoddy at 205-489-6569.