Warm weather and even warmer soups and chowders brought crowds to the Crystal Coast Civic Center Wednesday to enjoy the 14th annual Empty Bowls fundraising luncheon.
A line spilled out of the doors as people eagerly awaited their chance to sample the soups and chowders and help support two local charities – Hope Mission and Martha’s Mission Cupboard.
Some of those in line had participated in this event since the beginning, including Howard Weinreich of Morehead City.
“We’ve come every year,” Mr. Weinreich said as he waited to enter the building. “You can say the line gets longer every year.”