Scenes from a Simple Supper
The last time Newtown Meeting met in person for Simple Supper was three years ago in 2019. We didn't let a little pandemic get in the way of our tradition so for the last two years, Lisa Li coordinated a “take out" version of this event (and introducing us all to the wonders of the Signup Genius). It was wonderful to see each other last night face to face enjoying good soup, good company for a good cause. 
Behind the scenes
There were 20 soups: 9 Meat & 11 Vegetarian. All delicious. As always, the first to sell out was Wendy’s West African Peanut Soup. There were 18 magnificent desserts. (oh....that red velvet cake!!) And how many good people did it take to make all this deliciousness? Twenty-eight! Blessings on each one! 
There were 19 children and teens involved with this event. They were greeting, serving, clearing tables, fetching bread, making signs, making change, counting the money and cleaning up (and I’m sure I’m missing something). Sure, there were adults who provided back up - by ladling soup, washing dishes, buying the bread & butter and setting up and taking down the tables and chairs, but the kids are the stars of the show.They were simply awesome. They were hard working, attentive, diligent and each other and to the people they served. They helped out where it was needed and backed off when it was clear someone else had the job covered. There was a keen respect for everyone’s abilities. Our youngest servers were 8, 9  & 11. They took orders - which meant they had to remember what you said. Then they had to return with said soup on a tray without spilling. There were some near misses but no catastrophies to speak of. Our Meeting children are so coordinated, kind, and loved.  We are grateful for their service and the seriousness with which they took their responsibilities. 

Nick Vandenberg gave a fine introduction to Leah Stallings, the Executive Director of AARK Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center who expressed her surprise and gratitude at being selected to receive the proceeds of the Simple Supper. AARK’s mission is to rehabilitate and release orphaned and injured native wildlife, and promote harmony between humans and their wild neighbors through quality environmental education. They usually see about 6000 animals a year except in 2020, she said they treated over 7500 animals because people were home, taking walks in the woods and observing nature in an unhurried way and encountering wild animals in need of care. 

Leah was a captivating speaker and great educator. She brought a little guest with her, Henry, the screech owl, an AARK ambassador. You could have heard a pin drop when she took him out of his little crate. The kids knew she brought an animal but did not know what kind! Leah also met with the children before for a private question answer session about wildlife rescue before they started serving. For more information about AARK and how you can help check out their website

For those wishing to donate but could not attend, donations can be mailed to Newtown Friends Meeting, c/o Laura Kinnel, P.O. Box 224, Newtown, PA 18940. Please write ‘Simple Supper Donation’ on the check memo line. Donations will be accepted through the end of November. Thank you for your generosity!
This year we warmly welcome new friends who came to help out: Rebekah, Hunter & Sarah Beers, Nicole Francisco & Wren, Angela Christou & Clara, David Weiss, Canan Aker, Zachery Ji ad Vishnu Anand. Thank you for your help and welcome! 
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