Monday, May 4, 2009

Stone Soup

Hello Carnival Band Fans,

Come join the Carnival Band and scores of other great community organizations for Stone Soup at Britannia Community Centre (Commercial and Napier) this Saturday, May 9th. This fabulously family friendly festival runs from noon to 5pm, with the Carnival Band starting off the fun with a parade and stage show from noon to 1pm. Look out for our purple, green and gold costumes and some hot moves by the Carnival Dancers! More info here:
http://vancouver.ca/parks/cc/britannia/website/programs/artsculture.html

*** The Legend***

Once upon a time, some travelers came to a village during a great famine, asking questions as if they wished to stay the night. After having been told that there was no food and they'd be wise to move on, they announced that they intended to cook stone soup for everyone. The travelers filled their pot with water, and ceremoniously dropped a large stone in it, placing it over a fire in
the village square.

By now, hearing the rumor of food, most of the villagers had come to the square or watched from their windows. As the travelers sniffed the "broth" and licked their lips in anticipation, hunger began to overcome their skepticism.

"Ahh," one traveler said to himself rather loudly, "I do like a tasty stone soup. Of course, stone soup with cabbage -- that's hard to beat."

Soon a villager approached hesitantly, holding a cabbage he'd retrieved from its hiding place, and added it to the pot. "Capital!" cried the traveler. "You know, I once had stone soup with cabbage and a bit of salt beef as well, and it was fit for a king." The village butcher managed to find some salt beef ... and so it went, through potatoes, onions, carrots, mushrooms, and so on, until there was indeed a delicious meal for all.

The villagers offered the travelers a great deal of money for the magic stone, but they refused to sell and traveled on the next day. The moral is that by working together, with everyone contributing what they can, a greater good is achieved.

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