BEMUS POINT - Soup is a delicious form of nourishment for the human body.
Wednesday evening in Bemus Point, those who buy soup on Lakeside Drive will also be helping to keep the St. Susan Center soup kitchen - a vital force in the community - healthy and strong.
The third annual Souper Summer Event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, with 12 area restaurants donating soups to the good cause. A wide variety of soups will be available, so there is sure to be something to please everyone's appetite.
A visitor to last year’s Souper Summer Event takes a full bowl of soup from a vendor. This year’s event will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday on Lakeside Drive in Bemus Point.
Tickets will be available at the event for $10, for which price patrons will receive three bowls of soup as well as a keepsake bowl. More than 800 bowls will be available, all of which were handpainted for the fundraiser by local children, youth groups and other volunteer organizations.
For further donation opportunities, the event will also include a silent auction, the sale of bowls donated by Bemus Point Pottery as well as soup cups with the St. Susan Center logo on them, a fresh-baked cookie sale, and a 50-50 drawing. All will be held throughout the evening in conjunction with the soup-tasting event.
The donor restaurants and the soups they will be bringing to be sampled at the event are the following:
Guppy's - Mexican cheese;
Hotel Lenhart - bacon corn chowder;
Wegmans - Italian wedding;
See-Zurh House - cream of mushroom;
Bemus Point Inn - hearty vegetable beef;
Italian Fisherman - Fisherman chowder;
Red Lobster - chowder and bacon cheddar potato;
Scallion Bistro - red potato and asparagus;
The Village Restaurant - cream of potato;
Webb's Captain's Table - vegetable;
Village Casino - chicken wing;
St. Susan Center - Southwestern cheese and chicken noodle.
As attendees are enjoying their soup under a tent provided by Jamestown Awning and set up next to the Italian Fisherman, musical performances will take place on the nearby Floating Stage. Artists keeping visitors entertained will be keyboardist/singer Michael Lettieri, 9-year-old jazz performer Chance Scott and a group from the Infinity Performing Arts Program.
Denny Wright of Magic Moment Carriage Rides will be on-hand to offer his services to anyone who wants a lift, with all proceeds from his rides going to St. Susan Center. Some local merchants in Bemus Point plan to provide discounts on their wares during the event as well.
Sponsors for the third annual Souper Summer Event include Pepsi, JAMA Healthcare, Jamestown Awning, Bemus Point Pottery and the Italian Fisherman. For more information about the event, call St. Susan Center at 664-2253, ext. 3 (Sue Colwell, executive director) or ext. 4 (Susie Hooper).