JEFFERSON – The theater performers at Jefferson’s Opera House and their guests had a pretty sweet time on Sunday while raising money for the community theater organization.
The theater group’s “Sweetest Sunday of the Year” presented food for the soul at Jefferson Christ Episcopal Church as part of their annual fundraiser held each Valentine’s Day weekend.
The chocolate recipe-making contest was held in the parish hall of the church, where the tables were decorated with a Valentine’s Day theme, said event organizer Marcia Thomas.
On Sunday, guests enjoyed live musical entertainment while the judges sampled and then judged the chocolate recipe entries.
The judges for the tasting were Amy Ellis and Tracy Welch from Marshall.
The Chocolate Sunday Event is the Players’ only annual event and serves to raise funds for the continuation of the group’s plays and musicals.
Live entertainment on Sunday included gospel singers Johnny “RiverRat” Nance, Ann Leslie from the Marshall and Shreveport Music Teachers, and professional musicians Lisa Daye and Jennifer McMullen.
Local quartet The Gospel Girls rounded out the live entertainment on Sunday.
“After the music program, the audience was invited to go into the community hall and wait for the winners to be announced and then eat as much chocolate as they could hold,” Thomas said.
This year’s Chocolate Sunday winner is first place winner Sara Davis, who received a blue ribbon and gift certificate to a Jefferson store. Second place went to Isabella Ashcraft, who received a red ribbon and a ticket to a show at The Strand in Shreveport.