Date Night! Connecting with your significant other at a grownup activity (or at least just going somewhere without kids in tow) can be an important part of self-care and nurturing your relationship. If you been meaning to get one scheduled but just aren't sure what there is to get out and DO, this is the series for you!
Grab your significant other and check out one of the events in our new Date Night Series: Date Night in Hampton Roads!
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Date Night Idea: 22nd Annual Empty Bowls Dinner
The Ceramic Designers Association (CDA) in partnership with Virginia Wesleyan University hosts the Empty Bowls 2020 Dinner.
Where: Jane P. Batten Student Center building on the Virginia Wesleyan University campus
When: Friday, March 13th, 2020 from 5:30-8:30pm
Cost: Tickets $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Purchase tickets here.
Description: Empty Bowls is a project organized by the CDA locally in Hampton Roads and is celebrating its 22nd year. In 1990 a high school teacher in Michigan and his students found a way to raise funds to support a local food drive that evolved into an international effort to feed the hungry through fundraisers raising millions around the world. Some Empty Bowls events started meagerly with potter/artisans creating the bowls and bringing gallons of soup each to feed the ticket holders!
The basic idea is that the guests are served a simple meal of soup and bread. The simplicity of the theme for the dinner and the bowls, emphasizes the message of the event which is that around the world and around the corner, there are bowls that go empty.
Taking a bowl home is a great reminder that we can all do something to reduce hunger.
The first stop for dinner guests at the CDA/Virginia Wesleyan Empty Bowls Dinner is the bowl room. The room holds dozens of tables topped by hundreds of bowls. It’s an exciting sight no matter how many times one sees it. At 5:30 the bowl room opens. Some have been waiting in line for an hour or more to get first choice. The choosing of the bowls is a little like polite chaos – but really fun. It’s a treasure hunt with people clutching a bowl, trading for another then putting it down and picking one up that they like better and so forth until they make their final choice.
We have hundreds of bowls from which to choose. After the bowl selection and on the way to dinner, guests can view a throwing demonstration and make their first bids in the silent art auction largely composed of works from our group. Second to ticket sales, a significant portion of the funds raised comes from the auction.
After going through the soup line for soup, bread, and a dessert; the diners then proceed to the Boyd dining room which has been festooned with floral arrangements. There is live musical entertainment throughout the dinner.