Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Magic Stone

Once upon a time....

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The folk tale known as "Stone Soup" is a well loved favorite for several people from a great many corners of the world. It refers to a variety of times and cultures, but all of them carrying the same core tale. Perhaps, just perhaps, there might be a reason why so many cultures, times, and people's have centered their stories on a magic recipe that brought all together to feast and enjoy?

Well, we're going to find out....and while we're doing it, see how much fun we can have while also helping some worthy college and high school students find the cash necessary to fund their educational endeavors all at the Whistler's Faire June 21st at the historic Wellsville Tabernacle and raise the funds necessary to once again open the Tabernacle for public use.

Just as the Stone Soup tale tells, we're gathering ingredients from all of the food-based businesses and farmers in our area and giving them to those whose pots bubble with the stone's magic. There will be a royal procession to the King's Feasting table, where judges will first sample and then present to the nobility and then all of the fine attendees to enjoy the feast! Vouchers are only $5 per person (with a special family voucher available for pre-event purchase only, $25 for up to 8 people), and include a bowl of soup from each of the teams and a sampling of their offerings to the high table.

The judges aren't the only ones choosing the winners of the Cook-Off. Though their decisions and opinions are valued, each of those in attendance at the event will have the opportunity to have their say as well by first enjoying each team's offerings and then voting using the pebbles obtained with turning in your voucher.

The meal itself won't begin until about 5:30pm (and then will be served until 7:30 or until the food runs out), but with a great deal of free fun and entertainment abounding you won't want to wait until then to come! Upon arriving and checking in with the King's Table, each person attending will be able to participate by voting or entering into the costume contest (up to the first 100 entrants), a blarney contest, a scavenger hunt, fighter's displays and practice, and more (there's even a splash pad and playground adjacent for families to enjoy)! Then at 6:00, the Magician's Purse will begin with magic abounding as the competition heats up to wow the crowd and carries us all away.

The night will end after the nobility announce the winners of the contests and hand out prizes (around 8pm) and everyone is able to relax a bit as they work they way home to happy dreams and visions of what new adventures will wait when the Stone's magic begins to once again makes its way out around the feet of the beautiful Wellsville Tabernacle.

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