Empty bowls fill need in com­mu­nity


While I was out and about . . . I met up with Lori Will­ing, owner of Art Space on Main, who is busy pre­par­ing for what has be­come a highly an­tic­i­pated event in down­town Elkton.

The sev­enth an­nual Empty Bowls fundraiser takes place on Fri­day with all pro­ceeds des­ig­nated for the Way­farer’s House, a shel­ter for women and chil­dren in Elkton.

Will­ing has learned to evolve a lit­tle each year to try to make the event more suc­cess­ful and it ap­pears to be work­ing.

The event has grown from mak­ing $3,000 the first year to hit­ting a record last year of $6,224, which hap­pened while a hur­ri­cane was mov­ing up the East Coast.

“I love this event,” Will­ing said. “I was so im­pressed with our cus­tomers last year who came in the rain.”

Each year, Will­ing gets dif­fer­ent restau­rants from the county to do­nate soups and fix­ings, which is the fea­tured menu item. This year’s donors are Pat’s Se­lect, Olive Gar­den, Chili’s Bar & Grill, Sporks, Ruby Tues­day and Tri­ton Bar & Grill, which are all from the Elkton area.

The only fee for guests is the pur­chase of a hand­crafted pot­tery bowl to hold their soup and take home later. Guests will also be served bread, dessert and a bev­er­age, all do­nated. Pot­tery bowls will range in price from $10 to $30 and she en­cour­ages peo­ple to buy more than one. Cash and checks are ac­cepted and checks should be made out to the Way­farer’s House.

This year, Will­ing and her pot­ters have made 504 bowls for the event and each one is dif­fer­ent.

“We use re­claimed clay that comes from trim­mings and left­overs that goes into a sludge bucket,” Will­ing said.

The clay is known as pug clay and she says it of­ten cre­ates un­usual col­ors be­cause it’s a blend of a va­ri­ety of left­over ma­te­rial.

“Of­ten it has a dif­fer­ent tex­ture, as well as a mix of col­ors,” she said.

Pot­ters pro­duce bowls year round for the event with the goal of mak­ing about 50 each month.

Dave Mas­simi­ano will pro­vide mu­sic for the event which runs from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and Sa­muel Baker will be tak­ing video.

Three bowls will be filled with flow­ers that are do­nated by Elkton Florist and be of­fered as silent auc­tion items.

“Another per­son has do­nated a glass bowl that will be raf­fled off dur­ing the event,” Will­ing said.

All of this takes place dur­ing Elkton’s First Fri­day cel­e­bra­tion for the month of Oc­to­ber, which also fea­tures an art loop, demon­stra­tions, live mu­sic and a ceme­tery tour to re­visit lo­cal his­tory.

So, mark your cal­en­dars and visit down­town Elkton on Fri­day.

*** Ce­cil Col­lege will host a free Ca­reer Fair Tues­day, Oct. 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Room 208 of the Tech­nol­ogy Cen­ter on the North East cam­pus.

Em­ploy­ers from var­i­ous in­dus­tries will be at the fair to re­cruit em­ploy­ees for Union Hospi­tal, IKEA, Plasti­pak, New York Life In­sur­ance, Ad­vo­care, Hol­ly­wood Casino Per­ryville, Fly­ing J, Home De­pot, Sava Health­care, Gen­e­sis Health­care and Bayada.

At­ten­dees will have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply and in­ter­view for jobs on site. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 410287-1000.

*** In another bit of news, I re­cently re­ceived word that Mid-At­lantic Ser­vices in Elkton has changed own­er­ship.

John Haase is the new gen­eral man­ager as a re­sult of a buy­out plan that was ini­ti­ated in 2015. Founder and for­mer pres­i­dent Mike Boyle re­tired on June 30 af­ter 27 years at the helm. Terms of the agree­ment were not re­leased.

Haase has been em­ployed with Mid-At­lantic Ser­vices since 1995 and most re­cently served as the shop fore­man. He leads a team that builds and re­pairs spray­ing equip­ment for use in a va­ri­ety of ap­pli­ca­tions.

Boyle said that Haase is well-qual­i­fied to take on this new po­si­tion, say­ing, “John has ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence in this in­dus­try. He is pro­fi­cient with the tech­nol- ogy and he has an ex­cel­lent rap­port with our cus­tomers. I am con­fi­dent that he will con­tinue the Mid-At­lantic Ser­vices tra­di­tion of solv­ing liq­uid han­dling chal­lenges and meet­ing the high stan­dards that our cus­tomers ex­pect.”

When asked about his new role at Mid-At­lantic Ser­vices, Haase replied, “I am thrilled to man­age a com­pany with such a fine rep­u­ta­tion. Mike Boyle did an ex­cel­lent job of build­ing a busi­ness and serv­ing our cus­tomers. His knowl­edge and guid­ance are in­valu­able to me as I take this step. My goal is to grow the com­pany and in­crease our prod­uct of­fer­ings, es­pe­cially in the agri­cul­tural seg­ment.”

Es­tab­lished in 1986, MidAt­lantic Ser­vices de­signs, man­u­fac­tures and sup­ports a large ar­ray of liq­uid han­dling prod­ucts for the agri­cul­ture, lawn care, golf course and high­way main­te­nance in­dus­tries. The com­pany also of­fers a com­plete pump re­pair fa­cil­ity with skilled ser­vice tech­ni­cians and fast turn­around. Head­quar­tered in Elkton, Mid-At­lantic Ser­vices serves clients along the East­ern seaboard, from Florida to Canada.

If you have any tid­bits to share with Ch­eryl Mattix for this col­umn, you may con­tact her at cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig. com, or call her at 443-9078440.


Lori Will­ing, owner of Art Space on Main, shows off a sam­pling of more than 500 hand­crafted bowls that will be sold Fri­day at the sev­enth an­nual Empty Bowls fundraiser for the Way­farer’s House in Elkton.


John Haase is the new gen­eral man­ager of Mid- At­lantic Ser­vices in Elkton.

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