Pawling Rotary Chocolate Festival


Pawling Rotary Club Holds Third Annual Chocolate Festival

by Susan Stone

The Rotary Club of Pawling will host the third annual Chocolate Festival on November 12th from 11a.m. to 4p.m. in the Lathrop Center at Lake Side Park in Pawling.

 The Chocolate Festival raises funds for the organizations in Pawling that support local youngsters and their families.  The grants provide opportunities made available through The Smith Johnson Scout Cabin, The Pawling Resource Center and their family outreach programs, The Pawling Free library, Pawling Youth Development, The Interact Club, Pawling Public Radio’s internship and apprenticeship programs, and the Pawling Fire Department for their unstinting protection of Pawling’s children and families.  Additional programs that benefit from the Chocolate Festival also include the third grade Dictionary Project, underwriting two annual College Tours for High School Juniors and Seniors, and the Resource Center’s adopt a family program at holiday time.  Additionally, these dollars assist with annual donations to Rotary’s Charitable Foundation which supports the worldwide eradication of Polio and to Shelter Box, which provides temporary shelter to families that have been displaced due to natural and man-made global disasters.

The Pawling Rotary Club’s Third Annual Chocolate Festival is being sponsored this year by Castagna Realty Corporation, Sheriff Butch Anderson, The Daniels Family, Dutchess Auto Body, Edison Cleaners, Emery & Webb, Fairway Accounting, Mizzentop Day School, Patterson Auto Body, Fountain Plumbing and Heating, Good Tidings Gift Shop, McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods Cafe, Pawling Beer & Soda, Phoenix Pottery, Vinny’s Deli & Pasta, and Zarecki and Associates.

The Festival has become a popular event, with over 650 attendees tasting, buying, and indulging in this universally favorite food.  Among the many vendors that will be featured this year are:  Aunt NeNee’s Cookies, Bakeria, Aunt NeNee’s, CDC Farms, Cheesecake Heaven, Coast to Coast Dog Treats, Color on Wheels,  Dutchess Coffee, Forget me Not Cupcakes, Honeybrook Farms, Lisa’s Confections, New Confectioner, Pawling Bread Company, Rosann’s Kitchen, Sundog Cider, STAT Face Paintingand Whipped Cupcakes, to name a few.  All vendors have samples of their wares available for tasting (while supplies last).

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