Enjoy Soup & Song March 10

Soup's on: Guilford Keeping Society member Pat Johnson (left) and Guilford Food Bank volunteer Lynne Cote (right) are ready to help serve up several delicious, winter-warming soups at the historic Medad Stone Tavern during  An Afternoon of Soup and Song on Sunday, March 10.
Soup's on: Guilford Keeping Society member Pat Johnson (left) and Guilford Food Bank volunteer Lynne Cote (right) are ready to help serve up several delicious, winter-warming soups at the historic Medad Stone Tavern during An Afternoon of Soup and Song on Sunday, March 10. Photo courtesy Guilford Keeping Society

An Afternoon of Soup and Song at Medad Stone Tavern from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10 will also serve to benefit two worthy Guilford organizations, the Guilford Food Bank (GFB) and Guilford Keeping Society (GKS).

The unique Sunday afternoon event will be hosted by volunteers of GKS, acting as proprietors of the historic Medad Stone Tavern. Non-profit GKS is a historical society dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of Guilford. It operates both the 1803 Medad Stone Tavern on Three Mile Course and 1774 Thomas Griswold House Museum on Boston Street.

On March 10, a $10 ticket, plus a GFB contribution (in dollars or non-perishable food) will admit guests into the tavern, where they can choose from more than five delicious homemade soups. Anticipated offerings include curried carrot soup, chicken and wild rice soup, and split pea soup, said GKS event organizer Pat Johnson.

"The soups will be wonderful. Some of our best cooks will be contributing," said Johnson.

As for song, live music duo Rick and Jim, aka Rick Royston (guitar, vocals) and Jim Bussmann (percussion, vocals) will flavor the event, with music of the 1950s and '60s, from Elvis to the Everly Brothers. Guests can carry their mug of soup on a stroll through the tavern, where restoration work continues as GKS dials back the building (and its outbuildings) to its 1803 roots.

"During the afternoon, we hope visitors will have a chance to visit our 1803 tavern and see the restoration that has been taking place. We'll be including tours of the barn, which is an important current project," said Johnson.

An Afternoon of Soup and Song is a "great chance for two important Guilford organizations to work together," said Johnson.

Lynne Cote, GFB volunteer coordinator of Intake and Procurement, agrees.

"We're delighted to be a beneficiary of this gathering," said Cote. "It will be a wonderful way to spend a cold, late-winter afternoon."

GFS serves approximately 120 Guilford residents in need every month. The program is co-directed by Guilford Social Services and Guilford Interfaith Ministries.

An Afternoon Soup & Song is set for Sunday, March 10 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Medad Stone Tavern, 145 Three Mile Course. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling 203-483-0792.

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