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.