Next Saturday promises to be warmer than today, but the forecast is still for cold weather. Next Saturday, significantly, is Groundhog Day—the day we find out how much longer we need to wait for spring. These two things make February 2 the perfect day for a Chili Cook-off at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.
Unlike other chili cook-offs you may have experienced, where the cost of admittance buys you only a little sample of the various chilis entered in the competition, at this chili cook-off, your $5 admission ($3 for children under 12) lets you sample all six entries (one of which is promised to be vegetarian), vote for your favorite, and then get a large bowl of the chili you like best! Besides the six varieties of chili, there will be garnishes (shredded cheese and sour cream) and accompaniments (corn muffins) and the homemade desserts that have made the Parish Hall lunch program famous.
So whether Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow in the early hours of Saturday morning or not, gather at the Parish Hall from 5 to 7 on Saturday afternoon to celebrate or commiserate over the outcome. The proceeds of the event support the church's outreach programs.