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A Recap in Photos of I Spy Pie!

by Erik Weasenforth, Marketing Associate VISTA

Peanut Butter Mousse Pie and Barbie’s Pumpkin & Cream Cheese Pie by Central Market Bakery

Louies Fruitie Pie and Chocolate Bourbon Pie by Central Market Cooking School

Pecan Pie and Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie by Madison Street Desserts

The Biscuit Brothers get kids up and dancing (left). Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds played songs and had a puppet show (right).

Volunteers painted faces.
(Photo by Carol Park Acurso)

Peace Through Pie held a craft station for writing peace poems in the theme of pie

Shana Merlin was a wonderful emcee at I Spy Pie!

The I Spy Pie! raffle included 3 great prizes: ACL 2013 wrist bands, Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 wrist bands, and a gift card to Trace at the W plus a gift basket from Central Market.
(Photo by Carol Park Acurso)

Left to right: Jim Swift (KXAN), Nina Seely (Trento), John Bullington (Alamo Drafthouse)

To see more photos of I Spy Pie!, check out our Flickr album or read the event recap here.

I Spy Pie! Our Wonderful Experience and Event Recap

by Alyssa Ely, Texas Tower PR

This past weekend was Creative Action’s huge fall event I Spy Pie! located at Central Market. The weather was perfect for the family-fun activities offered such as crafts, games, face painting, live music, and of course, pie tasting!

The festivities kicked off at noon including a wonderful performance by the Emmy Award winning duo The Biscuit Brother’s, who did a great job getting the children up off their feet singing and dancing along to the music. One of my favorite parts of the performance was when they had a song about watermelons and needed a participant to count to ten in a language other than English. An adorable little girl stood up, took the microphone and started counting in Arabic and Chinese. It was very impressive.

By 12: 30 p.m., people were lining up to get their tickets to taste the wonderful pies that were offered by Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Madison Street Desserts, Tiny Pies and Texas Pie Kitchen. Many UT student organizations, including Tower PR, were there to volunteer at the craft and pie tasting booths.

The two awards up for grabs were Judges Favorite and the People’s Choice. After everyone tasted the contestant’s pies, they were able to cast their vote for which they thought had the tastiest pies. Our three celebrity pie tasting judges Jim Swift, Nina Seely and John Bullington, Executive Chef had a really hard time awarding their favorite pie. They were all so delicious!

The enthusiasm at the event was lively and appetites for pie were at an ultimate high. As the pies underneath the tasting tent began to dwindle down to only crumbs, the awards were announced. Tiny Pies won the People’s Choice award for their delicious Bourbon Buttermilk Chess pie and Madison Street Desserts took home the Judges Favorite award for their Meyer Lemon Meringue pie (which was my personal favorite too!)

It was an amazing day for everyone and how could it get better when we get to taste the best pies in town! A huge thanks to Central Market and all of the bakeries involved for their support towards a great cause!

Family Fun this Fall at Central Market

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

The weather has begun to cool slightly and there’s been rain in the air. Fall is creeping in, and one of my favorite projects to work on in the fall is coming up Saturday, Oct. 20, from 12-3pm: Creative Action’s 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Central Market North.

This year’s event is the I Spy Pie! and dessert pie is the theme for the bake off. The participating bakeries are:

Guests at the event will try the pies, alongside the following celebrity judges:

Pie-tasting tickets cost $5, which includes a taste of each pie and a voting ticket to help select the winner.

There will be live music from the Biscuit Brothers at noon and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds at 2pm. Meet the bakeries and judges with MC Shana Merlin at 1pm.

Family activities will be available from 12-3 on the lawn, including:

  • Creative Action’s famous giant parachute
  • Face painting
  • Apron decorating
  • Chef’s hat decorating
  • A “pie” walk for prizes
  • Create pie puppets
  • And a help create a community craft pie with Peace Through Pies.

There will also be raffle tickets sold for an amazing Austin Staycation package of prizes.

Hope to see you on October 20!

UPDATE: Theatre Action Project is now Creative Action. Read more about our name change.

Prepare for Pie Festivities

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

We’re busy at Theatre Action Project (TAP) planning our 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Central Market.

I SPY PIE! is the latest spectacle of delicious treats and arts brought to Central Market North by Theatre Action Project and HEB. Five local pastry chefs will compete for top honors, and families will be entertained and delighted by live music, arts and crafts projects and of course, PIE… all in support of TAP programs to nurture creative artists, confident leaders, critical thinkers and courageous allies.

Current participating Bakeries include:

The Celebrity Judges are:

Live Music includes: the Biscuit Brothers.  Family activities include: games, crafts, face painting, and more.  Pie-tasting tickets will be $5, and you’ll have the opportunity to taste all the pies, as well as vote for your favorite.  We can’t wait to see you on Saturday, Oct. 20 at Central Market North from 12-3pm.

P.S. My favorite first day of school memory was in 2nd grade.  A new student came to our school, and I was chosen to be her guide around the school for the day.  I enjoyed showing someone around and we became fast friends.  In fact, we’re still friends to this day!