The Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund in association with Spooner House presents IN LOVE AND CHOCOLATE, a charity fundraiser which celebrates the love of Chocolate in all its forms! Come to the Courtyard by Marriott in Shelton CT on Sunday, February 16 and visit our exhibitors' booths as they present samples of their interpretation of the chocolate experience. Last year we had over 20 exhibitors with edible temptations ranging from chocolate pizza to chocolate chipotle barbecue pulled pork! We will have live music, prizes and a champagne toast (for 21+) to round out the day. Your $25 admission includes all this plus a warm feeling in your heart for helping two noble causes. Click the button below to purchase tickets.
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We had a BEAUTIFUL day on Saturday, June 8 2013 for the 4th Annual SOUPSTOCK Music and Arts Festival! It was looking a little dicey on Thursday and Friday with the remains of Tropical Storm Andrea passing through the northeast, but just in time, the rain clouds passed and we were blessed with a glorious sunny day! The "Schmeckers" came out in throngs for the sights, sounds and tastes of SOUPSTOCK IV, and by all accounts, we had a fabulously successful fest! The MAS Turtle Shell Fund raised nearly twice as much as last year, and we can't wait to give it back to our community. Watch this space and our Turtle Shell Fund website for updates on our efforts to further creative education for the young people of the Lower Naugatuck Valley and surrounding communities.
WHAT IS SOUPSTOCK?
SOUPSTOCK Music and Arts Festival is the annual fundraising event for the Mary A. Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund. This family oriented event features many fun-filled sights, sounds and tastes to entertain the whole family:
ANNUAL SOUPSTOCK PRO/AMATEUR SOUP COOK-OFF - BE A SCHMECKER!
Participants from all over Southern Connecticut compete for the coveted SOUPSTOCK title! Each cook will have a huge kettle of delicious soup ready for your inspection. Members of the public can make a small donation to the Turtle Shell Fund and become a 'Schmecker' (That's literally German for 'taster'). Your donation gets you a pass to taste the soup all day! Once you've tried them all, vote for your favorites and go back for seconds. If you are interested in becoming a competitor, click on our SOUP page for more information.
SOUPSTOCK - THE CONCERT
Featuring live music on two stages with acts known to both the local and national scene, there is no shortage of musical genius at SOUPSTOCK. With past performances by Kung Fu, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, The Alternate Routes, Ryan Montbleau, Turbine, The Main Squeeze and many other noted artists, the 'Schmeckers' have come to expect a great musical experience with their soup.
ANNUAL SOUPSTOCK STUDENT ART COMPETITION
We have invited schools from around the Lower Naugatuck Valley area to submit student art for consideration in our annual SOUPSTOCK Student Art Competition. See the winners in each age category displayed in our Art Expo tent. Awards ceremonies will be held during the day to honor the students who have been selected as the best in their categories. Click on our ART page for more details and an application form.
ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOPPING
We have a robust vending section right in the middle of the action. There'll be no wandering off to the other side of the festival just to get a little craft shopping in at SOUPSTOCK. From handmade jewelry to hula hoops we're sure you'll find a unique item to remember the day. Visit our Vendors page for more info about our vendors.
SOMETHING FOR THE FOODIES
We have selected food vendors from our local area and beyond to provide you with eclectic tastes and comfort food from east and west. Brick oven pizza, middle eastern cuisine, and good old American backyard style grillin' are just a hint of the flavors you'll find at our event! We believe food is as much of an art as anything else at SOUPSTOCK, and we think you'll agree!
THE KIDS ZONE
The SOUPSTOCK KIDS ZONE is nearly half the field in size and full of stuff for kids to do! from Arts & Crafts to the Bring the Hoopla Hoop Zone to our own SOUPSTOCK Drum Circle, we've got a super fun day planned for all the youngins.
MAS TURTLE SHELL FUND DONATES TO LOCAL BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
On October 9, 2012 the officers of the Mary A Schmecker Turtle Shell Fund (The organization behind SOUPSTOCK, a 501(c3) public charity) presented a check for $3,000 to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Lower Naugatuck Valley. The funds are earmarked for three educational programs in the 2012-2013 season. The programs will concentrate on Basic Art, Photography and Robotics disciplines and will be available to BGC members. The directors of the Turtle Shell Fund are excited to provide such a wonderful opportunity for children to explore their creative skills in the same space that Mary Schmecker called home. If you are interested in having your children become members of the local Boys and Girls Club, contact the club at (203) 924-9329 or visit their website at www.bgc-lnv.org
Net proceeds from SOUPSTOCK are donated to