Everyone who spends their Valentine’s Day lunch at the YMCA’s Soup Fest today is in for a treat, according to Patty Cox who’s the organization’s program director. She said the homemade soup comes with homemade bread and a special dessert.
And the special program for the day is a presentation on the fish hatchery in Story. The lunch runs from 12:15 to 2 and costs $5. She said the Soup Fest’s been ongoing at the Y for years, and right now comes around the second Friday of every month, except in the summertime. She said it started nearly a couple of decades ago, with a small group of people who just wanted to get together for lunch after a workout.
She said the Soup Fest is just one of the many programs she supervises. Others include an exercise class for seniors, which are designated as 50 years old or older, a class designed specifically for cancer survivors and a beginning fitness class.
Working at the Y comes naturally for her, she said, because the community gathering place has been a part of her life since she was a child, when it opened back in 1964. To get involved, she said, it’s best to just stop at the YMCA on North Jefferson Street in downtown Sheridan and pick up a class schedule.