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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!?

Welcome Susan Kirr, New TAP Board Member

by Karen LaShelle, Executive and Artistic Director

We are thrilled to welcome our newest board member, Susan Kirr.  Susan became familiar with our organization through our involvement in the Impact Austin grant process last year.  Susan will be working on our Events and the Finance committees. We are excited about her unique areas of expertise and how they will help strengthen TAP. Read below to learn more about Susan!

Susan Kirr

Independent Film Producer

Susan got involved in theatre at an early age, and it left a mark on her. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in English and Theatre, performing, stage managing and directing in her spare time. She worked as a print journalist in Tokyo, Dallas and Austin before segueing into the film industry. She received her M.F.A. in film production from New York University and has worked in the film industry in the Southwest for 15 years. She has line produced feature films for Terrence Malick (The Tree of Life), Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart and The Killer Inside Me), John Sayles (Honeydripper), Richard Linklater (A Scanner Darkly), James Marsh (The King), and Doug McGrath (Infamous), and she recently produced the indie features “Benavides Born” and “Winter in the Blood.” She resides in Austin with her husband, Rusty Martin. She believes in the power of theatre to transform a kid’s outlook and experience.