Thursday, December 02, 2010

Let Them Eat Pie At PS29 Fundraiser


photo credit: Jakob Trollbäck

Some fundraisers are more fun than others. Take the "Eat Pie & Shop" event organized by PS 29 scheduled for this Sunday.  Take part in the pie contest, buy holiday presents from local artists and enjoy short films.  And the proceeds go to the P.T.A. of this neighborhood school.  Doesn't get any better than this, does it?

Eat Pie and Shop at PS29’s Annual Holiday Fair/Pie Social
Pie! Shopping! Movies! Crafts!

 On December 5 from 11am to 5pm, PS 29 in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, will host the second annual “Eat Pie and Shop” Holiday Gift Fair and Pie Social, to benefit the school.  Proceeds from this family-friendly Holiday event will support the school’s PTA. 

The Pie Social is sure to be a delicious and entertaining afternoon event with local bakers – both amateurs and professionals – supplying a wide array of pies.  For a $5 tasting ticket the public can sample a piece of pie of their choosing.  Be assured this event is not only for those with a sweet tooth, the pies will cover all categories including fruit, creamy, savory and nut, so shoppers can come to shop, eat lunch and get dessert!

The pie competition will be an afternoon highlight.  Bakers are invited to bring pies to be judged by parents and a panel of celebrity judges.  The panel will include Gail SimmonsFood & Wine and “Top Chef,” Dannielle Kyrillos, “Top Chef: Just Desserts,” François Payard, co-owner of François Payard Bakery, François Chocolate Bar and Payard, Jeff Lederman, owner of Bocca Lupo, Strong Place and Nectar, and Brooklyn’s own Borough President, Marty Markowitz.  The winner will receive a gift package from Food & Wine, a Payard Gift Box and Silver Pie Server donated by Fork & Pencil and bragging rights for the year!  Judging will take place at 1pm.

The Gift Fair will highlight local artisans, craftspeople and merchants, and promises to provide a huge variety of handmade, local and sustainable gift-giving choices, from jewelry, to clothing from Half Pint Citizens to hand made and classic toys from Fork & Pencil. More than twenty different vendors will be displaying and selling their wares.

And while you shop, Rooftop Films will show a selection of independent short films for kids continually throughout the day. Tickets to the movies are $2.  In addition, children can make free holiday crafts – perhaps an ornament, sachet or a frame as a present for Mom and Dad.  To quench their thirst, kids and adults can both enjoy delicious and refreshing egg creams from Brooklyn Farmacy. Stumptown coffee will be served, too.

Eat Pie and Shop will have a donation bin for Toys for Tots hand collected by our US Marines!  Consider purchasing toys for donation from Fork & Pencil (net proceeds go to PS29).  Donation guidelines: Unwrapped, new and no stuffed animals or military toys.  Visit toysfortotsnyc.orgBig Apple Circus will also be on hand with giveaways and a FREE raffle of a family four-pack of tickets to this season's all-new show, Dance On!

Melanie Raneri Woods, Principal of PS 29, said, “We are thrilled to host the second annual Eat Pie and Shop event.  The event was such an amazing success last year and I am positive this year’s will be even bigger.  It’s refreshing in the midst of all the holiday craze to have an event where children and adults can spend some time together and at the same time support the fabulous efforts of our school community.”

Eat Pie and Shop will be held on Sunday, December 5, from 11am to 5pm, at PS 29, 425 Henry Street, between Baltic and Kane Street.  For more information on the event, including a list of all vendors and information on how to enter a pie, please visit

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