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We Spied Pie!

by Mary Alice Carnes, Community Relations Director

Congratulations Judges Favorite Award Winner – Madison Street Desserts and  their Meyer Lemon Meringue Pie

It was a fun and successful day at I Spy Pie!, our fun fall fundraiser, at Central Market. We rocked it with so many pie fans supporting Creative Action who purchased pie tasting cards that gave them a chance to sample 10 delicious pies presented by our five bakery participants: Tiny Pies, Texas Pie Kitchen, Central Market Cooking School, Central Market Bakery and Madison Street Desserts. Many thanks our wonderful MC Shana Merlin and to the fun music from Biscuit Brothers and Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds.

Thank you to our sponsors: Do512 Family, Central Market, H-E-B, Austin City Limits, Austin Family Fun, Fun, Fun Fest, Madison Street Desserts, Peace Through Pie, Texas Pie Kitchen Tiny Pies, Trace, and Trophyology.

Congratulations People’s Choice Award Winner – Tiny Pies and  Bourbon and their Buttermilk Chess pie

Pie judges (l-r) Jim Swift, Nina Seely, and John Bullington. Not pictured, Virginia B. Wood.

Big THANKS to all volunteers for making this a fun and smoothly-run event: Corinna  Archer, Pam Archer, Texas Tower PR, Racimony Hun, Lauren Luscombe, John Green, Karen Vinson, 4-H Capital, Austin Community College, ACE: A Community for Education, Austin Kiwanis Young Professionals, Bank of America, Chi Beta Delta, CMC eBiz, Dell | Global Communications, Diversys Learning, Dun & Bradstreet, East Avenue Lounge, Hire Priority Staffing, Longhorn Outreach, Texas Longhorn National Residence Hall Honorary, Real Role Models, St. Edward’s University, Stony Point High School, Sustainable Food Center, Tau Beta Pi, Texas Alpha Phi Omega, Texas Zephyrs, UT Austin, The Long Center, Tickled Ivories, Texas Longhorn Chapter- UT Austin, Westwood High School, Women in Medicine-UT Austin, Ann Graham, Susan Kirr, and Amy Averett, Carol Park Acurso, Alicia Santana and so many more wonderful individuals who made paper bag hats, served up pie, wrote pie poems, ran our parachute game and pie walk, painted faces, and made crafted kid-sized aprons. Thank you!

Ready to relive all the fun pie memories?
Check out our Facebook and Flickr albums. What was your favorite part of I Spy Pie!?

My Weekend as an Austin Kiddie Limits Volunteer

by Austin Malcolm, Texas Tower PR

This past weekend was the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL), one of the biggest music festivals in the nation in Zilker Park. Every year, an area of the park is sectioned off for Austin Kiddie Limits (AKL), a kid-friendly environment that includes a stage for bands like School of Rock and Rocknoceros and tents/tables set up by many children orientated organizations. This year, Creative Action (partnered with H-E-B) hosted the Alter Ego Factory, a magical machine that allows kids to meet a variety of fantastical characters that will help them discover their inner Alter Ego. The factory was a hit and at one point had a line stretching across the AKL grounds.

As a volunteer, I can say that I had just as much fun participating in the factory as I did at any of the concerts at ACL.

Friday morning, after making it through the crazy sequence of buses and shuttles to reach Zilker Park and across the vast fields of people, I finally found myself at the Austin Kiddie Limits. Dressed up as the “Cool Blue Beach-Lover” I was overwhelmed with what my eyes saw. The simple white tent provided for the event was turned into this wonderful headquarters decked out with beeping gizmos and blinking doo-hickies, something only a mad scientist could dream up.

All of us volunteers were dressed up in some of our best costumes and ready to unleash everyone’s alter egos:

  • Kids were rushing in with their alter ego name cards ready to design the look of their alter ego, which was described as “adjective, adverb, noun.” For example, “Beautiful jumping princess.”
  • After they created their alter ego, they got their face painted and then finally receive the much-desired piece of costume their alter ego needed, whether it was a cape for the super heroes or lots of fur for the pop star divas.

As with everyone who’s ever worked with children before, its a lot of hard work, especially when there’s close to 100 of them; but in the end, it was definitely worth it to know that the kids who attended ACL/AKL were leaving with crafting experience, knowledge of some new vocabulary, and of course, a smile on their face (as well as some painted shapes.) We’re ready to come back next year for more creative fun!

I Spy Pie! Features Family Fun

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

We’re getting really excited about I Spy Pie! on Saturday, Oct. 20!  Join us from 12-3pm on the deck and the lawn at Central Market North.

Your children can listen and dance to The Biscuit Brothers as well as Jungle Jill and the Jaybirds.  They can write their own Peace Pie Poem, create a moving Pie Puppet, compete in the Pie Walk for a chance to win their own pie, make their own Chef’s Hat, decorate an Apron for Baking, and get their faces painted.  All of these fun activities are free!

For $5, you’ll receive a tasting ticket so you can taste 10 different pie flavors from Austin’s favorites: Central Market Bakery, Central Market Cooking School, Jeffrey’s, Texas Pie Kitchen, and Tiny Pies.  Then you will get the chance to vote and help determine the winner.

Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to will any one of three fabulous prizes:

Grand prize – 2, 3-day wristbands for Austin City Limits (ACL) 2013

2nd prize – 2, 3-day wristbands for Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012

3rd prize – Central Market gift basket and gift card to Trace at W Austin
Hope to see you on Saturday!

My favorite pie is a difficult choice because I like so many of them!  It’s a tie between apple pie a la mode and pumpkin pie a la whipped cream.  Fun fact:  The Long Wharf Theatre, where I worked in Connecticut many years ago, held an annual pie competition.  I entered with a homemade chocolate pie with oreo crust, topped with chocolate shavings in the shape of the symbol “pi.”  I lost the contest, but the next year I was selected to judge.  Being a judge was much tastier.

Partnerships

by Mary Alice Carnes , Community Relations Director

One of my goals as the Community Relations Director at Theatre Action Project is to seek partnerships with people and organizations that complement our respective goals missions. One such partnership is with Texas Tower PR, a University of Texas student-run public relations firm. As a client of Tower PR, TAP has a sounding board with communications students and faculty on a wide variety of communications and marketing topics throughout the year, and its fun too. TAP, in turn, provides real work experiences for students who are studying to become tomorrow’s communications leaders.  Who are the special partners in your world? Read the rest of this entry

Wordless Wednesday

 Check out more Alter Ego Factory Pictures on Flickr!

Alter Ego’s Unite!

by Chelsea Gilman, Business Manager

This past weekend, was Austin City Limits and I had the privilege to work at the festival on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Austin Kiddie Limits in Theatre Action Project‘s Alter Ego Factory.  It was very fun, although extremely busy and hot/humid, depending on whether it had rained yet that day. This weekend I wasn’t Chelsea Gilman, but instead I was dressed with a vest, handkerchief, pointy jeweled glasses, a chopstick in my hair, and a silly oversized foam tie, and my name was the Helpful Hiccuping Professor.  Read the rest of this entry

Ready to go Incognito at Austin City Limits?

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

Be sure to come to the Austin City Limits (ACL) Music Festival to check out Theatre Action Project‘s Alter Ego Factory in the Kiddie Limits area.  We are open every day from 11-5!

At the Alter Ego Factory, young people will travel through a colorful and fantastical tent to enjoy different interactive stations at which they will create all the elements that make up their dream alter ego.  After traveling along the magical path youth will leave dressed in a handcrafted costume as their dream alter ego and take away a “passport” all about their dream character including a photo!