Soupenanny warms Dubois on Saturday night

Hot soup and warm music: These were cures for the winter blues on Saturday evening at the annual Soupenanny and Hootenanny event at the Headwaters Center in Dubois. With proceeds going to the nonprofit Needs of Dubois organization, residents paid for the privilege of tasting samples of soups and breads offered by their neighbors, and naming their favorites. The “Viewer’s Choice” winners for the evening were the pork chop chowder by Caleb Neale and the sweet “Monkey Bread” baked by Amy Grant. Amy Grant’s bread also won the judges’ first prize for bread. The anonymous judges gave Neale’s chowder only third prize for soup, awarding first place for soup to Robyn Franchini’s creamy Parmesan chicken. Their second prizes went to Tom Reed’s corned beef and cabbage soup and Gorgonzola popovers from the Dubois Boys and Girls Club, and third prize for bread went to Dennis Kidd’s cheesy beer bread. Fortified by all this comfort food, the crowd sat down to enjoy live music from other neighbors in the Hootenanny that followed. With each set of performers allowed only two pieces, the music lasted for more than two hours, ranging from solos by high school students to rousing numbers from the popular Neversweat Players. Emcee Steve Banks declared it the best Soupenanny yet. *Featured photo is Dan Seelye and friends perform the opening act at the Hootenanny.* *[image: lucas.jpg]* *Tom Lucas performs on his harmonica.* *[image: neales.jpg]* *Jackie and Caleb Neale serving their bread and soup.* *[image: kidd.jpg]* *Lindy Kidd offers some of her creamy pecan soup.* *photos and story h/t Lois Wingerson / Pitchengine Communities* #county10 #news