Teen center fundraiser to feature chili contest

MIDDLEBURY — Addison Central Teens (ACT) will add some spice to its annual fundraiser this year, set for this Saturday, April 14, 7-10 p.m., at Carol’s Hungry Mind Café at 24 Merchants Row in Middlebury.
The group — best known for its teen center on Mary Hogan Drive and related youth programming — is hosting a “Chili Challenge” that has attracted 10 eager cooking teams. The fundraiser will also include a multitude of performers, such as “Standard Jazz and Improvisation,” a local teen jazz combo; Middlebury College’s “Stuck in the Middle,” an a capella group; and another college student band called “Nuanced Binary: A Guitar Duo.”
Attendees of “Spring Thaw: Chili Challenge” will have a shot at some nice prizes through a raffle. Those prizes, generously donated by area businesses — include a $50 gift card to Tinker & Smithy Game Store, a $25 gift card to Rough Cut restaurant, two passes to the Marquis Theater and a round of golf for four at Middlebury College’s Ralph Myhre golf course.
Admission is $25 for a package that includes chili, four raffle tickets and five drink tickets for those aged 21 and older. The drinks will be 5 ounces so as not to encourage over-consumption, noted ACT Director Zoe Kaslow. A more modest $15 admission will get you chili and a choice of raffle tickets or drink tickets.
Kaslow thanked the event’s many sponsors who are helping to make the event — and chili — possible. The Chili Challenge should somewhat fill the void of the annual Middlebury Chili Festival, which is taking this year off. Challenge competitors will include the Waybury Inn, the Glass Onion from the Hannaford Career Center, a group of local teens, and Middlebury College’s Hillel House.
Those who sample the various chili concoctions will vote on their favorite toward the end of the event.
Carol’s will provide a dining venue on the main floor while the bands will perform in the lower level.
“We are hoping it will have a cool coffeehouse vibe,” Kaslow said. “We’re really excited to have this event and hope a lot of people come out.”
For more information about the event and to purchase tickets, log on to middteens.org/springthaw.
Reporter John Flowers is at johnf@addisonindependent.com.

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