Beginning next Tuesday, you can stop by the Mansfield Art Center between 11:30 and 1:30 and enjoy a bowl of soup, while shopping the Holiday Fair. Dine in the Lower Gallery where you can relax with a bowl of hot homemade soup, served with bread or crackers and a drink of coffee, tea or juice. There will also be an assortment of delicious deserts to pick from.

Holiday Fair offers a variety of unique handmade gifts, showcasing one of a kind creations by many artists and craftsmen from all over Ohio, many from the Mansfield community. This year marks the 47th year for our Holiday Fair and for near 15 of those years, we have been serving up soup at Soup au’ Fair. While the occasion is for a limited time of only eight days in total, Soup au’ Fair involves much planning and calls on the help of many wonderful volunteers.

In fact, this event functions every year due largely to the help of volunteers. Wanda Yellen has been our volunteer coordinator for many years of Soup au’ Fair events. Since late October of this year she has been spending time at the center getting volunteers lined up to help for the December event. From year to year, she keeps a list of names of people who like to volunteer. Early on she begins contacting people and lining them up as servers and to help in the kitchen. She also coordinates people who will make and donate their delicious soups! It requires a lot of planning, but she generally gets commitments for a nice variety of soups and is able to offer two or three different kinds for each day. And if you stop by for lunch during Soup au’ Fair, you are likely to see her there!

The Soup au’ Fair begins Tuesday, December 6th and runs through Friday, December 9th, and then again the following week, Tuesday the 13th of December through Friday, December 16th. Soup is served between 11:30 and 1:30. All food is generously donated and if you are planning to stop by we appreciate you making a reservation, but you don’t have to. You can drop in for a bowl of soup and plan to enjoy visiting, as well as shopping at our Holiday Fair. A suggested $8 donation is appreciated for Soup au’ Fair. We hope to see you there!