Empty Bowls Annual Dinner

March 7, 2017

A tradition that mixes caring, cuisine, and craftsmanship returns this week with the annual Empty Bowls fundraising dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday in the Messalonskee High School cafeteria.

The dinner, which raises funds for area food banks, occurs on the second night of the spring play, which this year features Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing.

Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students, but that price includes an assortment of homemade soups, salad, Panera bread, and desserts – plus, diners get to keep the ceramic bowl they choose for their soup.

Messalonskee students for the most part – some faculty members also pitched in – created the bowls in art teacher Sherrie Damon’s classroom, and that student contribution is a vital part of the tradition.

“I think a key thing is it makes students realize they can contribute to their community through their art,” Mrs. Damon said.

Retired art teacher Wendy Burton launched Empty Bowls – a national program – at Messalonskee several years ago, and Mrs. Damon is the latest to keep the event alive.

Empty Bowls has long been paired with the spring play, a combination that Mrs. Damon said makes for a nice evening out for couples and families alike. This year, for the first time, the event will include a theme basket raffle.