Soup cook-off set for second week in January to benefit counseling center

12/27/2013 12:00 AM

12/23/2013 8:16 PM

All varieties of soups will be featured at the fifth annual Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center soup cook-off, a major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

Shrimp and crab bisque, pepperoni tortellini, mushroom barley, stuffed bell pepper and seven-can vegetable are among the unusual choices offered, but chicken noodle, clam chowder and seafood bisque – 25 soups in all – are on the menu.

Little River United Methodist Church, host of the event, held its own soup cook-off in November. Of the 21 entries, Kris Rubin, the youngest entrant at 21 years old, won the competition with the above mentioned shrimp and crab bisque.

“I never made a seafood recipe in my life,” the Little River resident said and explained he has attended classes in the Culinary Arts program at Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Both professional chefs and amateur ones are invited to participate, and first, second and third place certificates are given to winners in the two categories. Cost of tasting all of the soups is $7 per person. Little River Wind-jammers returns as the entertainment, and silent auction baskets and door prizes are other attractions.

Joan Moales, chairperson of the event, extends an invitation to the entire community to attend.

“It’s a great time to have the cook-off,” she said. “We hope for cold weather. Soup and cold weather go together.”

Proceeds of the event benefit the client assistance fund of Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center. Its main office is at First United Methodist Church on Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, but it has seven satellite offices, one of which is at Little River United Methodist Church.

Jan Filipow, therapist at the center, explained that they use the holistic approach to healing, which includes mind, body, spirit and community. People come to the center to work through difficulties such as depression, grief, parenting, marital discord and other societal issues. Counseling is available to children and adults.

The center opened its doors in Horry County in 1980 and accepts people of all faiths or no faith. Cost of services is adjusted according to ability to pay, and Filipow said that their client list continues to grow.

Each year a different church hosts the cook-off. Besides Little River United Methodist Church, other participating churches are King of Glory Lutheran Church, Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, St. Paul AME Church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Temple Shalom, Trinity United Methodist Church and new this year, St. John the Baptist Greek Orthodox Church.

Tickets to the event are available at North Myrtle Beach and Little River chambers of commerce and participating churches.


What | Members of Coastal Carolina Camera Club display their select photographs in all genres through January. Some are for sale.

Where | Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, N.C.

When | opening reception, 4-6 p.m. Jan. 3; noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, noon-6 p.m., Friday, closed Monday and Tuesday

Cost | Free

Contact | winery, 910-287-2800, camera club, 910-287-6311,,

Details | The camera club includes all levels of skill from amateurs to professionals and all forms of photography. Club meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of the month at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 MH Rourk Drive, Shallotte, N.C.


What | Palmetto Junior Historians for middle schoolers and their families

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 9. RSVP by Jan. 6; limited space available

Cost | Free

Contact | 427-7668,,

Details | This information session explains Palmetto Junior Historians, how to become a charter member and doing a family-tree project.


What | Ladies Guild annual card party/luncheon

Where | Parish Center, Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 Eighth Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 20, reservations required by Jan. 11

Cost | $18 includes lunch catered by McAlister’s Deli

Contact | 249-5833

Details | Bring friends and play canasta, bridge, hand and foot, Rummikub, Mah Jong or other game of your choice. Silent auction and door prizes are part of the event. Reservation forms are in the church bulletin or call for them.


What | 50+ cheerleading team for Brunswick County Senior Games

Where | Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center, Brunswick Community College, College Road and U.S. 17, Bolivia, N.C.

When | 1 p.m. Jan. 14

Cost | Free

Contact | 910-253-2670 or

Details | Orientation meeting open to Brunswick County men and women 50+ interested in cheerleading. Team practices 1:30-3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, performs at events throughout the year and competes in local and state competitions.


What | Princess Ball open to girls in kindergarten through fifth grade and their adult male escort

Where | South Brunswick Islands Center, U.S. 17 (just south of Crow Creek Golf Club), Carolina Shores, N.C. and Brunswick Center, 1513 N. Howe St.(behind Wingate Inn), Southport, N.C. Tickets are location specific and not interchangeable.

When | 3-5 p.m. Feb. 8. Tickets available Jan. 21- Feb. 7

Cost | $10 per person

Contact | 910-253-2670 or 910-457-3494

Details | Princesses dress in ball gown, princess costume or pretty dress. Dancing, crafts, face painting and more.


What | Display of peace posters created by art classes at North Myrtle Beach Middle School; Christmas tree decorated with historic ornaments, Chanukah dolls and historic Christmas and Chanukah cards.

Where | North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum, 799 Second Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach

When | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, closed Sunday-Tuesday, displays until Feb. 1.

Cost | Admission to museum, adults, $5, seniors, $4, 5-17, $3

Contact | 427-7668,,

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