BEMUS POINT - A landmark partnership between two of Chautauqua County's nonprofit agencies , St. Susan Center and Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Inc., is the driving force behind a program on Aug. 8 that will feature a cup of soup and a song.
The Soup and a Song fundraiser for both Infinity and St. Susan Center will take place in Bemus Point's village park. The music will be provided by a handful of entertainers from Chautauqua County who have studied singing and musicianship, and honed their performing skills, as students at Infinity. The soup will be prepared and served by chefs representing about 20 of the region's most popular restaurants.
Entertainers lined up for the event include Austin Anderson, Stephanie Benson, Lily Ellis and SYMBA (Hayley Restivo and Ryan Hawkins). Serving as master of ceremonies for the program will be Jason Sample, news director and on-air personality from WRFA radio in Jamestown.
Restaurants donating and serving soup include the Hotel Lenhart, Red Lobster, Webb's Captain's Table, the Bemus Point Inn, the See-Zurh House, Dinner Bell, the Sweet Spot, Bob Evans, the Village Casino, Babalu Cafe, Hare N' Hounds Inn, Village Restaurant, Guppy's Restaurant and the Italian Fisherman.
As part of the festivities, free horse-drawn carriage rides through the village of Bemus Point will be donated by Magic Moments Carriage Rides by Denny Wright. A bake sale and 50/50 giveaway also will be conducted during the event, and a basket of products donated by the member merchants of Discover Bemus Point will be given away
Soup will be served, and musical entertainment will begin at 5:30 p.m. and continue through 7:30 p.m. Tickets for three bowls of soup, a beverage and access to the performances will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children (two bowls of soup).
Proceeds from ticket sales, the bake sale and raffles will be split between St. Susan Center and Infinity.
In the event of rain, the event will be moved from the Bemus Point town park to the nearby Village Casino.