There was more going on Tuesday, Nov. 4, than the national elections, as folks gathered at Christ Lutheran Church in Fairfield Glade for the Art Guild’s annual Plateau Bowl ‘n’ Roll fundraiser can attest. Friends and merchants created 12 different varieties of gourmet soups to make sure everyone left happy with their appetites more than satisfied. Along with the hearty, delicious soups were breads from Great Harvest Bread Company of Cookeville; these were topped off with homemade pies and beverages provided by members of the Art Guild at Fairfield Glade. Bowl ‘n’ Roll volunteers are to be congratulated for their outstanding job in decorating the church’s fellowship hall with patriotic red, white and blue in honor of the election.

A unique feature of the Plateau Bowl ‘n’ Roll is the artistic bowls produced by Art Guild members over the summer, managed by master potters Kay Wode and Ray Butkus, in his studio workshop, with additional help from the home studios of potters Gay Johnson and Ray Whynaucht. Hours went into the creation of each bowl, from a slab of wet clay to the final glazing and firing. Several hundred were displayed and diners selected their choice from the array of beautiful, colorful, unique bowls.

Following dinner, guests took their keepsake bowls home for future enjoyment.

The Art Guild at Fairfield Glade salutes the following individuals and businesses for their generosity in making the Plateau Bowl ‘n’ Roll an outstanding success by providing items for the menu: Wildwood Catering, Halcyon Days, Stillwater Grill, Legends, Genesis Italian Grille, Beef N Barrel, Brass Lantern, Hilliard Lyons/Deanna Magdich, Ed Casey, Ida Douglass, Jaye Emerick, Sandy Liberty, Food City for a discount on the rolls and Great Harvest Bread of Cookeville for the breads.

The Art Guild recognizes and thanks all the Plateau Bowl ‘n’ Roll committee members who contributed hours of labor and who did an excellent job: co-chairs Mickey Kappler and Sherry Jacober; soups and kitchen chair Johanna Wentworth; and team leaders Alice Lodeesen, Muriel Bentley, Lee Brown, Mary Bell, Jo Hitchens, Cal Davis, Phyllis Seeh and Sandy Echard as well as the many guild members who volunteered.

Also unveiled that evening were one-of-a-kind mugs for sale. These mugs, once purchased for $25, may be presented at the Plateau Creative Arts Center every Tuesday, for a cup of gourmet coffee. This treat is good for one year — a bargain for a handmade ceramic cup. The mugs may be purchased throughout the year at the center.

The Art Guild is a non-profit, equal opportunity provider dedicated to the advancement of the fine arts in our community. Its Plateau Creative Arts Center is located at 451 Lakeview Dr. in Fairfield Glade. For more information on its classes and activities, call the center at 707-7249 or check the Web site at