Potter's Bowl Dinner set for Feb. 27

February 17, 2000

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Indulging in homemade soups to benefit Community Free Clinic has become such a popular tradition that the location had to change to accommodate the crowd.

The fifth annual Potter's Bowl Dinner is set for Sunday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 15 Randolph Ave. in Hagerstown. For the last four years, it was at Congregation B'nai Abraham, but after last year's 110 ticketholders packed the facility, the organizers turned to the more spacious Trinity Lutheran, whose members have made desserts for the dinner since its inception.

"It's going to be lovely," says Carol Mendelsohn, co-coordinator of the event with Janet Emral Shaool. All of the inviting aspects of past years - the food, bowls donated by area potters and the fellowship - still will be in place, "just in a bigger, more comfortable place," she says.


A total of 170 people paid $25 each to attend the dinner and take home bowls made by potters from Washington and Frederick counties in Maryland, Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia and Franklin County, Pa. Mendelsohn's sister, Nancy Trieschman, sent along 13 bowls from her collection in Massachusetts.

The menu at the sold-out dinner includes a variety of meat, vegetarian and vegan soups made by members of B'nai Abraham Sisterhood and other volunteers, along with breads, muffins and desserts.

Raffle tickets available

In addition to the cooking and bowl-making abilities being shared at the dinner, some area residents have donated the fruits of their various creative talents for a raffle and auction. Even the dinner tickets and cost of printing the raffle tickets were covered.

Being raffled are a Hagerstown watercolor by Lucy Ecker of Hagerstown; personalized mailbox or house plaque by Doug Beckley of Carriagehouse Designs of Hagerstown; a signed and framed poster by Barbara Brody of Chambersburg, Pa.; and a crocheted wardrobe for Barbie by Ashley Erickson of Hagerstown.

If you would like to buy or sell raffle tickets, which cost $1 each, call Mendelsohn at 301-797-1585 or Shaool at 301-797-3533.

Items up for auction are a quilt, private yoga lessons with Simone Heurich of Smithsburg and any remaining desserts.

"The best thing about this is everything is a gift," Mendelsohn says.

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