Teresa Wakeman

Teresa Wakeman, chair of Stone Soup committee, with first-prize drawing by Norma Madden-Wilcox.

As previously mentioned, October has been a month taken over by opportunities for mystery, factual information, hobgoblins, and beautiful music. Included in that array was the Charlie Chaplin Night Light silent movie along with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony playing the music Chaplin had written to accompany the movie. It was wonderful, especially if you had never before seen this fellow and heard his music. It was a genuine treat to all in the audience. In another offering, the Haunted History Walking Tours were and are making use of belief that what would be considered fact by those who are absolutely certain ghosts were present. In addition were indisputable facts about some of Pocatello’s old factory buildings. Not yet described is the bison exhibit at the Idaho Natural History Museum, but still, the museum has already challenged our understanding of, or belief in, ghostly goings-on.

As this is being written, a scary gust of wind could be insisting that attention must be paid to weird events. Why? Because it has blown down a huge Russian Olive tree about 15 feet from here. For some, it might be easy to conclude this happening was a reminder our world is far beyond total understanding.

Whatever. Let’s return to the that amazing array of October events and the necessary understanding they each offer as examples of either beliefs or facts. Regardless of our conclusions, it is important to be aware that while there are various ways to look at the world, we all still need to make use of the cognitive area of our brains to recognize and understand factual information.

And now we have one example of things we can truly encounter and appreciate as fact. This will happen Monday and is known as “Stone Soup” where we partake of a variety of yummy soups along with rolls, salad, cookies or brownies and soft drinks. Within that array of soups everyone, even those who are very picky, can find at least one if not all 10 offerings that are, without a doubt, absolutely tasty.

So what brings all this wonderful selection of food to the ballroom in the Idaho State University Pond Student Union? It is initially planned by the Bannock Civitan Club to benefit the Junior Civitans. And there are other activities besides the presentation of these excellent soups. These include games for children, a contest already completed to find the three best pictures depicting the theme of the Stone Soup event (first prize went to Norma Madden-Wilcox, second prize to Auvariel Warnock and third prize to Kira). There is also a raffle with 20 prizes; tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

While this event has taken place for several years, it never disappoints anyone. Four new participants are Jerry’s Jungle Café, Puerto Vallarta, The Bridge and Sangu Chaudhury. Additional participants are Butterburrs, Sand Trap, Clarion Inn, Bannock Civitan, Old Town Pocatello and Lee’s Towing and Recovery. In addition there are other donated foods from Geraldine‘s rolls and soups, brownies by the LDS Church, salads by Buddy’s and Perkins; popcorn and drinks provided by McDonalds.

Tickets are $7 at the door and $6 if you call the Chamber of Commerce. The doors open at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. The line is long so arrive early if you don’t want to stand for several minutes. But, of course, you can always use that time to meet new friends and chat with old friends.

When asked, Teresa Wakeman, chair of the Stone Soup event said: “The last meeting we had to pull everything together was so exciting. Our efforts are to showcase the Junior Civitan members, and I am positive we will reach our goal. This is such a great occasion; over 350 people came last year so I am confident we will have at least that many people this year, and if the weather is cold, there may be even more people in attendance.”