Strongsville Post associate editor

Cold weather means soup season all across the country. The warm comfort food was found in abundance at the Strongsville Historical Society's annual soup supper on Tuesday, Jan. 25.

That night, 25 different soups were displayed all the way around the Event Center at the Ehrnfelt Recreation Center for guest to enjoy. Nearly 150 people took part in the event, which raised money for the historical society. At $8 per ticket plus the sale of $1 raffle tickets throughout the evening, the group raised over $1,200 that will go into the general fund. That money is used for the upkeep of the six houses in the historic village, along with the funding of various events throughout the year.

"When we started doing this, it was just a historical society event. Then, about 20 members brought soups to share and it was held in the Lathrop House in the village. Now, nine years later, we have it in the Event Center to accommodate the crowd. It has gotten bigger every year," said Anne Ehrnfelt, a member of the historical society.

This year, that record crowd had the opportunity to try all kinds of soup, including tomato basil, seafood chowder, corn chowder, Mexican, chicken paprikash, white chili, broccoli cheese and many more.

"People can try a few different kinds if they want until it's all gone," said Ruth Brickley, president of the historical society. "People are so generous. We really have a lot of different soups here this year."

Most of the pots of soup were made by members of the historical society. Others were donated by Don's Pomeroy House, Mulligan's and Cartels. Bread was donated by Panera, and a variety of pies were supplied by the historical society. This was the first year that local restaurants had made a contribution to the event.

All of the work to put on the evening's events was done by volunteers who are members of the historical society. They kicked off the night with a brief meeting and reminder to guests that they can always join the group at a low cost. The historical society hosts many community events throughout the year, including teas, festivals and more.

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