Main Street Elkins invited the community to gather together Tuesday to share a table and a free meal. The ‘Community Table’ event was a long table that ran along Davis Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street.
Hot soups were provided by 15 restaurants providing soups and bread. The Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices read a classic book called ‘Stone Soup’ prior to the soups being served.
“It’s a great way to get the community together and try to build up what going on in downtown Elkins because there are a lot of things going on here. And I think that sometimes we’re doing are own little individual thing, but sometimes it’s really nice to get together in a group and be able to share ideas and network,” said Denise Campbell, Community Liaison for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
Elkins Main Street said its goal was to bring community members from all walks of life together to sharing stories, soup, and break bread with one another. The event was sponsored by Bender’s Restaurant and Tavern and Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
“I think its really neat to be able to have dinner together as a community. And the idea of having soup and bread, and that stone soup story. I know the Old Brick Playhouse doing pieces of that book. I can remember that as a child. I can remember I had to bring a potato to school and we made soup and shared it amongst all of us,” said Campbell.
January is also national soup month; AmeriCorps for Main Street Elkins was a big support in helping with organizing the event.