‘Soup and Song’ returns to St. Susan Center

JAMESTOWN – On Saturday, Jamestown’s St. Susan Center will once again host “Soup and a Song,” a program combining concerts by popular local musical groups and a great dinner. For $10, attendees will be treated not only to a fine evening of live musical entertainment, but a meal consisting of hearty soup, several varieties of breads, crackers, desserts, coffee, tea and hot chocolate.

The first half of the evening’s entertainment will be provided by members of the Infinity Visual and Performing Arts Project, a Jamestown-based program that provides learning and performance opportunities to hundreds of Chautauqua County young artists.

The night will be capped by a rare reunion performance of the Bill Ward Band. They have appeared throughout the Northeast and recorded a critically acclaimed album entitled “Highway in the Desert.” They will be joined by recording artist and Infinity instructor Amanda Barton, formerly of the popular roots-rock band, Big Leg Emma.

Proceeds from the Soup and a Song series will benefit St. Susan Center, Jamestown’s soup kitchen, which is in its 29th year of service to the community. According to Executive Director Sue Colwell, in 2013 over 98,000 meals were served.

“Our thanks goes out to friends likes Jim Holler, owner of Trinity Guitars, who has donated countless hours to help make the Soup and A Song a great success,” Colwell said. “We are excited to have the talented Bill Ward Band, and very gifted Amanda Barton back at St. Susan Center once again this year. Their donation of music has helped raise ongoing support for the soup kitchen. We are thrilled to be gifted this year with the appearance of Infinity Visual and Performing Arts, as well.”

Logistical support for the Soup and a Song program is being provided by Trinity Guitars, the Jamestown-based purveyor of fine instruments and audio gear. Trinity Guitars owner, Jim Holler, will be coordinating the talent for the events, as well as providing the sound system. “St. Susan Center continues to provide tireless service to the community,” said Holler. “It’s the least we can do to support their work through these evenings of song and hearty nourishment.”

The Soup and a Song events will be held at St. Susan Center’s facility at Gateway Center, also known to Jamestown residents as the former Chautauqua Hardware Building, at 31 Water St.. The public will be admitted beginning at 6 p.m., with the entertainment beginning at 6:30 p.m. The events will conclude at 9 p.m.