More than strawberries at Pie Day |

More than strawberries at Pie Day

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – You gotta move fast if you want a piece of pie.

Pie Day started at 9 a.m. sharp on Friday with more than 100 homemade pies up for grabs, but by 11 a.m., there were just seven or eight slices left.

“This year, the strawberry and blueberry pies were especially popular,” said Barb Barnes, the outgoing president of the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary.

Sitting next to Barnes, auxiliary member Barb Jones was busy counting dollar bills after the pie rush.

“Those went very fast,” she said.

Pie Day is an annual Strawberry Days’ fund-raiser for the Valley View Hospital Auxiliary.

Held in the basement of the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs, the pie feast has a long-standing tradition, bringing avid pie lovers to the church basement to buy a slice of pie for $3 to eat on site.

People can also purchase an entire pie for $18 to take home.

“A lot of business people come by and buy a whole pie for their offices,” said Carol Call, an auxiliary member, savoring a slice of fruit pie.

“It’s kind of Mayberry,” said Barnes, of the similarities between Pie Day and “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Maggie Lowery, co-chair for Pie Day, decorated the church basement in tropical finery to reflect this year’s Strawberry Days “Strawberries in Paradise” theme. Plastic flamingos and metallic palm trees adorned the walls, and auxiliary members wore plastic leis as they served coffee and chatted with people who stopped by for a treat.

Auxiliary and community members alike are welcome to bake pies for Pie Day, and anything goes, from pecan to apple pie.

“There are some great pie bakers here,” said Connie Eckert with a smile. “Marilee Rippy makes her own crust, and so does Bev Reynolds.”

Eckert, Pie Day co-chair, said the fund-raiser usually generates around $2,000. Money raised by the auxiliary, which totals nearly $18,000 a year, goes towards health science scholarships for local students and Valley View’s health resource library.

Contact Carrie Click: 945-8515, ext. 518

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