The festive season is a time of indulgence, and St. Stephens Episcopal Church is welcoming back its chocolate festival this Sunday.
“It’s our 22nd year and its going to be fabulous,” said volunteer, Arlene Arnold.
Arnold said there will be chocolate aplenty. Chocolate cakes, yule logs, éclairs, fudge, divinity, creme pies, and award winning English toffee will be available to guests.
“There is nearly 16-feet of chocolate,” said Arnold. “It’s gorgeous.”
All of the chocolate goodies are provided by area bakeries and church members, said Arnold.
“There will also be a hot chocolate station,” said Arnold. “The kids and adults will love it.”
You can enjoy this feast of chocolate for a donation of $10 for five chocolate items; you can eat them at the event, or to take home. Tickets are available at the door.
In addition to chocolate and more chocolate, entertainment will be provided by Cynthia White, who has volunteered to play the pipe organ, and the Colusa High School brass ensemble will also perform.
“We will have fresh, decorated wreaths from Oregon available for sale,” said Arnold.
Looking to do some early Christmas shopping? Look no further than the Chocolate Festival’s silent auction.
“We have some great items available in the silent auction including decorated Christmas Trees, tickets to the San Francisco Ballet and Opera, as well as many interesting and unusual items,” said Arnold.
The three-hour event provides a great opportunity to indulge in the holiday season while giving back to those in need.
“All monies raised are distributed to feed those in need,” said Arnold.
After returning from a chocolate festival in Gualala, California, parish member Donna Critchfield brought the idea back to the church.
“In the first years of the event, we would put the money in a special account at Chung Sun Market,” said Arnold. “The county Food Closet would then order items needed at wholesale cost.”
Monies raised from the event will be distributed to the Colusa County Food Basket project, A Hand Up, the county Food Closet, and the Christian Ministerial Association. ■