Green is where the Heart Is for March 9th, 2016

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

“My motto in life is ‘If you think it, you can do it’ and if we all apply that thought we can end hunger the world over.”  ~ Dionne Warwick

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Come to Artful Living Group to pick up your tickets for Empty Bowls by noon on Thursday, March 10th.  We just received this press release. 
 “Area potters are pooling their talents to create more than 1,500 original works of art for Wilmington Empty Bowls 2016, slated for March 11, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Activity Center on Independence Boulevard.
An outgrowth of a national grassroots initiative, the local event raises money to support Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, which supplies emergency food to those in need. Good Shepherd Center, which prepares meals for the hungry and shelters the area’s homeless, is also a beneficiary.
Ceramic Artist Vicky Smith said dozens of potters will turn out between 1,500 and 1,700 bowls for this year’s luncheon. Guests can take one home after dining on savory soups, breads and desserts from more than 20 local fine restaurants, all for the price of a $20 ticket.
 “Making so many bowls is a challenge, but we have 90 members in the Coastal Carolina Clay Guild, as well as local studios such as Fat Cat Pottery and Orange Street Pottery, participating,” Smith said. “We have a wonderful new feature this year, too – a silent auction organized by Master Potter Hiroshi Sueyoshi. He is selecting bowls made of different mediums by local artists. This is Hiroshi's way of contributing to Empty Bowls.
 On the food side, diners can expect everything from cream of tomato basil soup to seafood chowders and curried French lentil soup. Anne Steketee of Port Land Grille, who coordinates the lunch menu, said participating restaurants typically prepare best sellers or crowd favorites. “We usually have five or six offerings going at once,” she said. “There also is a separate ‘to-go’ line with a choice of two or three soups, because the lunches are pre-bagged. But diners still get to choose a bowl after picking up their food.”
 According to Empty Bowls Chairperson Jane Radack, the potters, restaurateurs and many volunteers donate energy, time and talent to help make this event happen every other year. But sponsors are critical, too.
“Economic conditions continue to contribute to the high number of local families and individuals requiring services,” she said. “Because we can only sell as many tickets as the number of bowls our wonderful potters have created, ticket sales are limited. Sponsorships help us raise even more money to combat hunger locally.”
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  In Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties:  74,740 people, all ages, are food insecure.  2,710 children under 18 are food insecure. 52,030 adults over 18 are food insecure.
 Source: The Wilmington Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
 Good Shepherd Center annually serves 88,000 meals to the hungry and salvages 500 tons of food for distribution to the hungry. Source: Good Shepherd Center.
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard in 2015 served  35,656 individuals, 14,368 families,  9,476 children (under 18)  and 1,948 Veterans.  Last year, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard gave out more than 694,662 pounds of food to those in need.  Source: Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard” 
Don’t forget to come to Artful Living Group to pick up your tickets for Empty Bowls by noon on Thursday, March 10th. xo mo
 Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in the Artful Living Group building 112 Cape Fear Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at  FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile. 


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