GROTON - The Groton Congregational Church will be filled up with home-made soups, breads, and desserts this Saturday, when the church hosts the third annual Soup For A Cure feast. Soup for a Cure benefits the Greater Ayer Relay For Life team, a fund-raising effort of the American Cancer Society. The Ayer team is a regional team that includes a number of Groton residents including Ellen Hargraves and Steve Legge.

They are a few of the Groton residents involved in the Greater Ayer Relay For Life; their team is from the local Union Congregational Church. This event is a major fundraiser for their team "Faith In Action" and the American Cancer Society.

It has been a popular and successful effort for the past two years and was invented by Brian Keese and his wife Cathy. Brian led our team previously, and is now Chairperson of the entire Relay effort. His wife, Cathy Keese, is now their team leader.

"This is the third annual event," Keese said. "Every item we serve is made from scratch! Year one was six soups and four breads, almost all made by me. Last year we had eight soups and four breads with some help from team mates and friends. This year we are planning on 14 soups! Three or four by me and up to 10 more from team members! Everyone can try as many varieties as they like!"

The menu includes chicken tortellini, roasted tomato bisque, Mulligatawny (an African inspired chicken soup with heat and sweet flavors), 3-alarm chili, white bean turkey chili, Creole fish stew, two different butternut squash soups, sausage tortellini, cream of potato soup, Polish sausage soup, beef stew, haddock chowder, and sausage and bean soup.


On the side are spent grain wheat bread, Irish soda bread, buttermilk biscuits, Guinness brown bread, cornbread and some additional varieties.

The desserts table will be crowded too, Keese said. "This is where the congregation at UCC Groton really delivers! We always have so many desserts that we end up supplying coffee hour at church the next day!"

Soup For A Cure is an "Eat All You Want; Pay What You Can" effort. It takes place this Sat., March 2, from 5-7 p.m. at the UCC Church, 218 Main Street in Groton. For more information on the Greater Ayer Relay For Life, visit the event web page and 'friend' Greater Ayer Relay for Life on Facebook..