Once upon a midday sunny, while he pondered raising money,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of Biblical lore, —
While he plodded, nearly snacking, Rev. Larry Peacock’s mind was racking,–
Who would judge the 10th annual Pie Fest? Soon he found himself rapping, –rapping at the Chamber (of Commerce) door, —
Bev Hammond said t’would be no chore.
To raise funds for after-school research, — at Malibu United Methodist Church,
The volunteers, they made suggestions, — silent auctions, face painting, apple bobbing, pie-eating contests and more, —
Music, it would be the role of Joellen Friedkin, Melvin Eddy and Steve Cole,
The pie judging was to be in categories, — based on ages and types gustatories, —
With sips of water to clear the palates, the judges would be able to cast their ballots.
Quoth Rev. Peacock, “Let’s explore.”
The Pie Fest plans were full of heart, Saturday at the Country Mart.
Came the day, City Council members, civic leaders, stars and eaters, —
Filled the grounds to judge the winners, eat too much and feel like sinners.
Candace Bowen seemed ecstatic, Mike and Ryan Matthews looked photographic,
Walt Keller said he’d judge with balance, Ken Kearsley said he’ll soon “announce.”
Quoth Rev. Peacock, “Eat some more.”
Judges who tasted all the pies found themselves nodding, nearly napping,
Weak and weary, except Tom Hasse, — who, after tasting piles of meringue, said quite sweetly, “I am flying,” —
Phil Cott found the pies “quite buttery,” Harry Barovsky termed the day “good community.”
Came the time, the judges noted, tasted, evaluated and voted,
Meanwhile, Malibu Art Assn. held a contest, of whom they thought could color bestest.
Quoth Rev. Peacock, “What’s the score?”
Winners in categories were declared, bakers offered tips on their pies prepared, —
Helen Loy Hicks said, “Don’t overcook,” — Lori Bender said of crust, “Don’t overlook,” —
Katie Zarpas thought her pie too melted, — Kids at the beanbag toss got pelted, —
This reporter liked the pecans shaven on the pallid crust of crackers.
Now for all those bulging bellies that lie bloated on the floor,
Quoth the dieters, “Nevermore.”
Pie Fest Results*
1st — tie:
Jack Shoulder — Pear Tatin
Meredith Casey & Lori Bender — Apple
2nd — Yvonne Hymann — Apple Blueberry
3rd — Bill Miller — Peach Crumble
1st — Kay Gabbard — Black Bottom Banana
2nd — Jennifer Downes — Bavarian Chocolate Cream
3rd — Maryanne Angliongto — Pumpkin
1st — Vinny Petrosino — Chocolate
2nd Malvina Chala — Cheesecake
3rd — Kathy Wilstein — Mango
1st Kelly McShane — Pecan
2nd — John Loy — Pecan
3rd — Katie Zarpas — Chocolate Cream
Children 9 & Under
1st — tie:
Ryan Matthews — Cherry with Stars
Charlotte Van Ireland — Painted Peach
2nd — Alissa Wilstein — Cheesecake
3rd — Alexandra Connors — Unknown
1st Rose Stutsman — Lemon Tart
2nd Lucy Loy Hicks — Pecan
3rd — Oliver & Sam Sholder — Apple Upside Down
1st — Granita — Apple Crumb
Ages 5 and under
11 and over
*for our beloved readers who think newspapers should print just the facts.