For the fifth annual Soup It Up! at the Taube Museum of Art, great changes and great similarities are in evidence. The basic concept remains as in previous years, with local chefs providing soup selections and breads and dessert from Marketplace and museum members. The hours are the same, from 11 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.
It is still a collaboration with the Minot State University Ceramics Department making bowls given as part of the admission. The cost also remains the same, at $10 for members and $15 for non-members and $5 for children 10 and under which does not include a bowl.
"This began as a membership drive," said Nancy Walter, executive director of the Taube. "We're offering a half-price ticket with the purchase of an annual membership, which is $25 for seniors, students and artists, $45 for adult singles, $60 for family and sponsorships for larger amounts."
The differences from previous years are in the scope of the event. First is the increase in handmade bowls available.
"We ran through the 100 they brought in 45 minutes last year," Walter said. "This year they're bringing 200, along with a number of ceramic items for sale. There will be vases, mugs and napkin rings kind of things, trays and other kinds of pottery."
The silent auction makes its return with items from area businesses, and the musician on hand is Max Patzner, a music student at MSU.
One of the biggest changes is in the number of restaurants offering soups. Long-time participants 10 North Main and Primo's will be joined by Ebeneezers, Olive Garden, Qdoba's and the Spicy Pickle. There is even a change in the way the space will be utilized, with the lower gallery's classrooms open for overflow seating.
Proceeds benefit both the MSU ceramics department and the Taube Museum of Art. For more information, log on at (taubemuseum.org) or call 838-4445.