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On the Bright Side

February 4, 2013

Chili Bowl brings music, food and fundraising


Scannell said he enjoyed watching Chili Bowl guests trying the different recipes.

Yakubec said she was on her way home from church when she saw the CANO banner and checked out the Chili Bowl at 11 Ford Ave.

“I’ve never had some many chilis in my life,’’ Yakubec said. “They were all excellent.’’

For the third year, the Susquehanna Valley Quilters participated in the event. About 30 quilts representing works by about 12 members were displayed Sunday, quilt organization President Flo Loomis said.

Some quilts featured themes, such as school houses or the ocean, and others highlighted different fabrics and colors in traditional or contemporary patterns.

Organizers at CANO, formerly called the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts, said they didn’t know how much Sunday’s event raised for restoration work at Wilber Mansion and for art education scholarships.

During the past eight years, the culinary contest has had 120 contenders and served chili in more than 2,500 hand-crafted bowls, they said before Sunday’s fundraiser.

Kim Condon-Brake, a co-chairwoman of this year’s event, described the gathering as a success.

“People were just so happy — it was really fun,’’ she said while sweeping a room during cleanup activities as the music beat went on. “Everyone was talking about next year, so that was a good thing.’’

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