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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!?

You’re invited to the 5th Annual Summer Pageant in the Park

Theatre Action Project presents its 5th annual Summer Pageant in the Park celebrating How our Food Grows on Saturday, June 23rd at Republic Square Park. Students will gather at the Sustainable Food Center Farmers’ Market Downtown to march in a grand procession of the year’s seasons, bringing all their puppets together culminating in a visual and aural spectacle. The public is invited to join the parade. The FREE family event will be followed by fun watermelon-eating and seed-spitting contests hosted by the Farmer’s Market as part of the Watermelon Festival.

The Summer Pageant in the Park event is the culmination of work with students from nine Central Texas schools who are learning effects of the changing seasons on food harvest, native Texas farming, and the benefits of healthy eating. Participating elementary schools include Barrington, Brown, Harris, Hart, Maplewood, Pickle, Widen, Winn, and Wooten.

Caroline Reck, Programming Specialist with Theatre Action Project, shared her excitement about this year’s pageant. “Summer Pageant is an extraordinary opportunity for our community to connect to world traditions of puppetry and parade while celebrating healthy and sustainable eating habits. It is truly inspiring to see the quality and quantity of parade materials being created by students all over Austin coalesce into a harmonious spectacle of sight and sound right in the Downtown Farmer’s Market.”

Students will gather at 10 a.m. to march in the Grand Procession of the Seasons. The Downtown Farmer’s Market is located at Republic Square Park, 422 W. Guadalupe, Austin, TX 78701. The public is invited to join in the procession, celebrating food, farming and the four seasons. FREE! For more information, call Theatre Action Project: (512) 442-8773.

PS: For a look back at last year’s fun Summer Pageant procession, enjoy this video.