‘Community Table’ event planned

ELKINS — The community is invited to join together and share a table while enjoying a free warm meal.

Elkins Main Street has announced “The Community Table,” a single, long line of tables that will run along Davis Avenue from Third Street to Fourth Street, and feature a meal sponsored by Beander’s Restaurant and Tavern, and Dominion Energy Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, with a rain date of Jan. 19 at the same time and location.

Inspired by the folk story “Stone Soup,” local restaurants and Elkins Main Street wanted to bring community members from all walks of life together during the otherwise cold winter to share soup, bread and stories, Madalyn Humphrey, Elkins Main Street executive director said.

Old Brick Playhouse Apprentices will also provide a reading of “Stone Soup” prior to the dinner being served.

Humphrey added that everyone involved in the planning of the event has been wonderful to work with and she hopes many folks come to join the festivities.

“(Beander’s Owner) Andi (Kniffen) and (Beander’s Manager) Desire (Kniffen-Watson) are inspiring. They want the best for our community and see how important it is for all of us to be together at the same table. They have made this event possible,” Humphrey said. “So many people are working hard to make positive changes in Elkins and Randolph County.

“The Community Table is designed to come together and appreciate the efforts of our community, meet new people, and recognize that we all have a skill to bring to the table to create a vibrant community,” she continued. “We are grateful that ACP-Dominion has made it possible for the committee to purchase environmentally-friendly soup bowls for the event. We encourage families, friends, neighbors and co-workers to come and join us at the table!”

Kniffen said she believes it is good to see Elkins restaurants working together to provide such an event.

“This is not a competition, it’s Beander’s and other local restaurants coming together as good neighbors to do what is best for the community,” she said.

Kniffen-Watson added she enjoys preparing food for people in hopes of making them happy.

“I love cooking because feeding people makes them happy,” Kniffen-Watson said. “I love making people happy with food. When it’s cold outside soup warms the soul.”

Area residents are urged to join their neighbors while enjoying free soup and breaking bread along the community table.