Wimberley Institute of Cultures 2007 Pie Social Features Frontier Days Theme
Saturday, April 14th from 11 AM to 3 PM at the Winters-Wimberley House

A frontier days flavor has been added to the 17th annual Wimberley Pie Social to compliment its pie centerpiece with live entertainment, art and craft exhibits, and auction. Beginning with the setting - the grounds of the historic Winters-Wimberley House -  every aspect of the event is being planned to bring back the original festive spirit of frontier pie socials.  

WIC is encouraging everyone to support the theme by wearing old-west style outfits or 1850s ladies "pie social best", gingham, calico and sun hats.

The event is WIC's only avenue for fundraising to support its historic preservation and educational work. Chairperson Tinka Eoff says WIC members and residents of the Wimberley Valley are very supportive. "Everyone we've asked to help, from entertainers, to pie judging, arts and crafts exhibits, and just making it all work, has been more than generous with their time and talents."

Focus of the event is on pie-makers and their creations. Chief Judge Dave Lewis and his crew will have a real challenge selecting the best from an expected 90-plus contest entries. Pies will be judged in six categories:  Apple, Fruit, Nut, Cream and Chocolate, and Pies by Children under 12.  First, Second and Third place ribbons will be awarded in each category, along with one Grand Prize donated by The River House. In addition to pies submitted for judging, there will be plenty available for purchase intact or by the slice.

Previous Wimberley Pie Social winners
Once the judges have made their decisions, everyone is given an opportunity to bid on the Grand Prize whole pie and winners' pies.  

Throughout the event, live entertainment, art and exhibits will add additional frontier flavor to the social. Keeping things organized and moving at a lively pace will be emcee Mac McClure, Wimberley resident and former editor of the Wimberley View who now works for the Austin American Statesman as editor of the Lake Travis View.

Entertainment headliners will include "Destination's" swinging sounds of the 40s performed by Linda and Michelle Sriro and Juli Derrington; Ray and Linda Sriro's "Gypsy Moon" classical guitar renditions of gypsy jazz, and the always popular "Little Divas" from Lee Colee' Atnip's studio in one of their final performances before they give way to their successors as Little Divas II. Also on stage will be a unique, native American dance performed by Calvin Osife.

The musical backdrop also will help set the stage for timeless crafts and exhibits around the house and grounds. These will include an antique quilt raffle as well as blacksmith Tom Leining and broom maker Enora Fant demonstrating their authentic frontier skills.   

The quilt to be raffled is a vintage 30's - 40's "Grandmother's Flower Garden." Cost of the quilt was donated by Gordon and Lucy Dysart and Paul and Marilyn Wright. Raffle tickets are $2 or three for $5 and can be purchased at the event or in advance at the Wimberley Visitor's Center. A $5 contribution to WIC on entry will provide 5 tickets which can be used to purchase a slice of pie and a beverage, or to buy one of the event's trademark hotdogs.