Love Bowls event expands for 14th annual edition

by Jeff Pederson of The Review staff

THE 14TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County Meals on Wheels Love Bowls fundraising event is set to take place Sunday, Feb. 10, at Sheboygan South High School. — Submitted photos THE 14TH ANNUAL Sheboygan County Meals on Wheels Love Bowls fundraising event is set to take place Sunday, Feb. 10, at Sheboygan South High School. — Submitted photos If you are looking for a place to get a hot bowl of soup and an authentic Mexican handmade item on a cold winter day while helping out a good cause, Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County’s popular Love Bowls event will be the place to be on the second Sunday in February.

This year’s 14th annual Love Bowls event will take place Sunday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Sheboygan South High School.

For a $20 entry fee, each person will receive a wristband that entitles them to one Talavera bowl or Talavera plate, all you-can-eat soup samples from nearly 70 Sheboygan County restaurants, beverages, bread, cheese and cookies.

Due to limited seating and the event’s popularity, only admission for infants under 1 year old will be free.

The colorful Talavera bowls and plates come directly from Dolores Hildago in Mexico.

“We have a volunteer from Mexico who has arranged for us to sell these soups at our Love Bowls event,” Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County Executive Director Kelly Heyn said. “They are handmade and painted very bright and cheerful colors, which is a great thing to have on a cold and gray winter day.”

In addition to the popular Talvera bowls, this year’s event will include Talvera plates for the first time.

“Talavera plates were added this year so regular patrons, who by now have 13 bowls, can continue to build their Talavera collections,” Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County Communications Director Noelle Boeldt said. “Meals On Wheels plans to offer new dinnerware items, in addition to the featured bowls, at future Love Bowls events. “

One again this year, guests will be invited to bid on items in the silent auction, featuring over 200 pieces of Talavera pottery and unique Mexican pewter pieces, among other new handmade items.

“Meals On Wheels is excited to offer new glass items this year, including pitchers, drinking glasses, hanging sacred heart vases and small colorful winged vases,” Boeldt said. “Items in the silent auction make wonderful, one-of-a-kind gifts or decorations for your own home.”

A top-notch lineup of local musical entertainment will be featured on stage througout the event

Roses and Thorns, a local bluegrass band with Jim Gross, Joe Simonson and Tom Friedrichs, will open up the entertainment schedule from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Gross, Simonson and Friedrichs perform traditional bluegrass songs and instrumentals with a dash of Irish flair.

Sheboygan Light Rail, comprised of Marie Hetzel, Ann Berchem, George Possley and Jeff Kolar play harmony-driven contemporary folk music, featuring acoustic guitars, djembe, keyboard and fiddle.

GUMBO!, a Dixeland jazz band comprised of Dave Sullivan, John Braun, Bill Hughes, Paul Backus, and Randy Holzer will take the stage from 12:30- 1:30 pm.

Neapolitan, a trio new to Love Bowls will play from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Neapolitan, featuring Mackenzie Madden, Augie Rice and Noelle Wills play harmonious, acoustic guitar featuring original, unplugged mash-ups from today’s top hits.

All proceeds from Love Bowls stay in Sheboygan County and help to serve fresh, nutritious meals to our homebound, elderly and disabled neighbors.

Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County is celebrating its 44th anniversary in 2014.

Over the past 44 years, the program has grown from one route of six clients to 28 routes with over 350 clients today.

Meals are delivered to homes in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Falls, Plymouth, Kohler, Howards Grove, Elkhart Lake, Crystal Lake and Glenbeulah during the noon hour Monday through Friday throughout the year.

Meals on Wheels provides long and short-term service to homebound clients, based upon individual need. The main qualifying factor for the program is a person’s inability to prepare a nutritious meal.

As the population grows older, demand for the Meals on Wheels program is expected to rise signifi- cantly in the upcoming years, and Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County is prepared to meet the challenge.

In late 2012, Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County opened a new state-of-the-art office complex and food production facility at 1004 South Taylor Drive in Sheboygan.

The facility features a full-service kitchen, which provides the ability to serve up to 1,000 meals a day.

The program relies heavily on over 1,200 volunteers to keep it running smoothly on a daily basis.

Love Bowls is sponsored by Sargento, Kohler Credit Union, Bank First National, The Grover Family Foundation, Jos. Schmitt & Sons Construction, Vollrath and Ballhorn Chapels.

For more information on Love Bowls or Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County, call 451-7011 or visit the website

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