It took its time, but it seems that winter has actually arrived in our part of the world. With that in mind, here are a few events to get you out of the cold and snow.

 There's nothing better on a cold winter's day than a steaming bowl of soup. Actually, there's one thing better: a steaming bowl of soup that helps raise money for a fantastic local, cultural institution. The MVTM Soup for Thought Fundraiser takes place this coming Saturday, Mar. 3, from 12-3pm. The aim is to raise money for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum. The good folks at the Almonte Potters' Guild have produced a number of handmade stoneware bowls and for $20 ($10 for kids age 6-18, kids under 6 eat free) volunteers at the museum will fill that bowl with gourmet soup provided by some of Almonte's best restaurants. And you get to keep the bowl! Tickets are available at Baker Bob's or the MVTM.

We don't know if soup is on the menu at Foodies Fine Foods on Saturday evening, but the food and entertainment will certainly be top-knotch. Local musician Ken Workman will be in the house to perform his Tribute to Steve Earle. Call 256-6500 and get your tickets early, these Foodies music night tend to sell out quickly.

Speaking of tribute concerts, valley troubadour Lyle Dillabough & the Ottawa Valley Review are bringing their Hank Williams Sr. show back to Carleton Place. As previously reported here on The Millstone, the show will take place on Sunday March 4, 7pm, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. Tickets are available at Temptations & SRC Music.

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