Penns Valley

Empty Bowl concert, dinner to tackle hunger

Get ready to bid on bowls.

Bremen Town Ballroom is hosting the Empty Bowl Project concert and fundraiser Friday night with a mission to tackle hunger.

“It’s basically an international effort to fight hunger on the most basic level,” said Erin Condo McCracken, owner of the Bremen Town Ballroom. “We’re taking a very grass-roots approach.”

A $10 admission plus a canned good gets guests access to the concert, and a bowl of vegetarian soup and homemade bread provided by the Bremen Town Ballroom.

Participants can also bid on locally handcrafted bowls donated by Aaronsburg Pottery, Simon Leach Pottery, Mark Risso and Joshua McCracken.

Live entertainment includes Pure Cane Sugar, and Chris Rattie and the Brush Valley Rumblers.

Proceeds and canned goods will be donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, McCracken said.

McCracken is a musician who lived in Austin, Texas, and participated in an event there, but the idea to bring the event to Millheim came in the fall from Rattie, who organized the event.

“I had been wanting to do a show at the ballroom for a while, but I wanted to make it more than just another show,” Rattie said in a statement.

McCracken said the Empty Bowl Project usually gathers the arts and crafts community to provide a handcrafted bowl, which the soup would be served in.

“This is our first year and we didn’t think we could get 100 bowls made, but we’re still making soup and providing bowls for an auction,” McCracken said. “It’s a little different, but it has the same mission.”

Seed money for the event was provided by Friends of the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture in Millheim, said Lauren Smith, PASA’s director of development.

“We very much wanted to support the event so we cobbled together the necessary funding from a collection of our regional members,” Smith said.

Donations will be taken to the Food Bank in Harrisburg, which oversees other food banks in central Pennsylvania.

For more information, visit or the Empty Bowl Project page on Facebook.