BETHANY - By February 22, winter will be officially two-thirds done, but as everyone in northeast Pennsylvania knows, cold weather, freezing rain, and snow can stretch through March and into April. 

So to bring some warm cheer to wintery days and herald the eventual arrival of spring, the Bethany Collective will be hosting its third Soup-er Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Bethany Public Library.

"We have another great selection of homemade soups for friends, neighbors, and guests," said Janet Heinly, one of the event coordinators.

"We're featuring beef barley, Manhattan clam chowder, creamy mushroom, split pea with ham, navy bean, cabbage, potato leek, chicken noodle, and more. If you don't see what you like just ask if we've got it, because we're getting more selections all the time, so we may have what you're looking for. Also, some of our soups will be vegetarian and gluten-free."

To place an order ahead for quarts of soup, call Janet Heinly at 570-253-5573. Quarts are also available at the Bethany Public Library on a first-come, first-serve basis. The cost is $10.00 for a Mason jar quart.

"The quart jars go quickly on Sunday, so we do suggest that you order ahead or arrive early," said Heinly.

For guests wishing to sit and enjoy a bowl of soup with family and friends in the upstairs hall at the library, steamy bowls of soup and delicious ciabatta rolls made by Beach Lake Bakery will be available for purchase.

All of the proceeds from Soup-er Sunday go toward the preservation and beautification of the Borough of Bethany, including the Bethany Public Library, the restoration of the Bethany Park's historic band shell, and the Bethany Historical Society.

Begun in December of 2013, the Bethany Collective, a group of concerned citizens in the borough of Bethany, has sponsored several events, including three Soup-er Sundays, a seminar on home-roasting coffee, a day-long auction in Bethany Park, three outdoor movies in the park, and a panel discussion presented by award-winning authors.

"We're planning several more events for 2015," said Chris Peroni, one of the organizers, "certainly three more movies. If you have some suggestions for a movie, let us know. We appreciate knowing what people would like to see."

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Bethany Collective or is interested in joining can contact Chris Peroni at 570-251-4346 or Janet Heinly at 570-253-5573.