BY MICHAEL JAMES
For years the Sudbury Basin Pottery Club has paid about $500 a year in rent for their studio space in the old Lansing Field House on Lamothe Street.
That was before city council decided it could no longer afford to rent out city-owned buildings to non-profit community groups for less than market value.
As a result the pottery club is facing a whopping increase in rent, from $500 a year to about $4,000 a year.
To help meet the 700 per cent rent increase, the Sudbury Basin Pottery Club will be holding a fundraiser at the Nickel Chef Cafe, 595 Kathleen St., Friday, Nov. 21 from 4-8 pm and Nov. 22, 23 from 11 am to 4 pm.
According to club member Anne Cryderman, the event can best be described as a kind of upscale soup kitchen.
For $20, patrons will have the opportunity to purchase an original, hand-painted soup bowl created by one of 25 pottery club members, and sample a bowl or two or three of homemade soup prepared by pottery club members.
Patrons will also get to sample soups prepared by the Nickel Chef Tom Reid.
Coffee and desserts will also be on the menu.
While the pottery club typically mounts a couple of fundraising events each year, Cryderman admits the Â?soup kitchenÂ? fundraiser is something new and different for them.
Â?It should be a good time,Â? she said.
Tickets may be purchased at Black Cat Too or by calling Judy at 566-8461.