The Wimberley Pie Social, A Sure Sign of Spring from the Wimberley Institute of Cultures

5-year-old Alexandra Dishman won first place in the children under 12 category last year with her "Miss America" pie.
Right along with the sounds of returning migratory birds, Wimberley has also learned to welcome another sure sign of spring -- the rustle of aprons and delicious mix of aromas rising from dozens of freshly cooked pies.

Their destination will be the 18th annual Wimberley Institute of Culture's Pie Social at the historic Winters-Wimberley House and grounds. It takes place Saturday, April 12th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is WIC's only avenue for fundraising to support its historic preservation and educational work. Chairperson and WIC President Tinka Eoff says "this is the kind of event everyone enjoys and we think that shows in its tremendous past success.  With the best pies anywhere, along with refreshments and entertainment, it's the ideal place to be on a Hill Country spring afternoon."

Beginning with the "down-home" landmark setting,  event organizers are striving to recreate the original festive spirit of frontier pie socials. The Pie Social committee - numbering more than 40 - will help set the stage by wearing old style western outfits with ladies in their  "pie social best."

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

Wimberley's Nancy Emerson earned the Grand Prize at last year's Pie Social with her "Cherry Apricot Pecan Pie with Chocolate Glaze" entry.

Once the judges have made their decisions, everyone present will have 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 edits 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; a second generation of the always popular "Little Divas" (now called "Little Divas Two") from Lee Colee' Atnip's studio, and Dave Badal's "Skyliners" swing band.

Area artists are also invited to bring their works for display and sale. To reserve space and obtain further information, contact Tinka Eoff, event chairman, at 847-8722.

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.  

Pie makers can obtain entry forms, with rules information at the Wimberley Visitor's Center. Click here for more information at the WIC web site.

--  Lewis Smith