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Scholarships & Pie Fesitval!

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We’ve updated the website and posted information on local scholarships, which are going to be of interest to graduating local senior high school students.

Also, the Pie Town Pie Festival website is now active at PieFestival.org.

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News

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  • Febuary 2017: Pie Town Rising Stars has launched the 2017 Pie Festival Committee.
  • December 2016: Working with Catron County, Pie Town Rising Stars has begun the process of getting a large grant to help build a new Community Center in Jackson Park. This building should act as a general purpose building for the community, provide public restrooms, assist with the Pie Festival and act as a Senior Center.
  • September 2016: The Pie Festival was a huge success! It was better run than ever before. The Pie Festival Committee voted to purchase a commercial freezer to make next years Pie Festival even more efficient.
  • June 2016: Pie Town Rising Stars stepped in to assist with Pie Town’s famous Pie Festival (held in September of each year) when the old organization that oversaw it, Pie Town Community Council was dissolved.
  • March 2016: Pie Town Rising Stars will be assisting Pie Town Fire EMS with processing donations.
  • November 2015: Pie Town Rising Stars has begun work with New Mexico State to reduce the 45 MPH speed limit through town on Hwy 60 to 30 MPH in order to make the town safer for all, but most importantly to make the Pie Festival even safter.
  • May 2015: Pie Town Rising Stars has received it’s official status as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity organization from the IRS and the state of New Mexico.
  • July 28, 2014: The Catron Courier has announced that an article about the June Community Meeting will appear in the August issue of the newspaper.
  • July 27, 2014: Two separate subdivisions have contacted Rising Stars and asked for material about our project for their community newsletters. We’ll happily oblige.
  • July 25, 2014: We now have a bank account and can accept donations. Are you a Pie Town business or community leader? Now is the time to get some “skin in the game”. Please make a generous donation today!
  • July 20, 2014: Our first Public Community Meeting was held today. Some attendees were “cautiously optimistic” but most were enthusiastic about Rising Stars. Donations were received, some residents expressed interest in participating in Rising Star in various capacities.
  • July 15, 2014: Worldwide, over 50,000 people have learned about Pie Town Rising Stars
  • June 11, 2014: According to the Dances with Films Film Festival, our own “Pie Lady of Pie Town” not only won the Audience Award for Best Documentary Short, it got the highest score of ALL short films screened during Dances With Films festival which means that the film will show in a Los Angeles movie theater to become ACADEMY AWARD® QUALIFIED.
  • June 3, 2014: Here’s a copy of our first Press Release
  • June 3, 2014: Pie Town Rising Stars officially exists — at least as far as the IRS is involved. We’ve now got our IEN (our tax ID number).

The Story of the Humble Pie

Bird PieThis article is by Sam “Sweetwater” Savage and is used with permission from the Catron Courier.

They’ve been known by many names: coffins, traps, galettes, or pyes. But we know them simply as pies and we just love them! Pies go way back. Historians believe that the first pies were made about 9,500 BC in the Stone Age. These early pies known as galettes, made of oat, wheat, rye, or barley were filled with honey and baked over hot coals. The crust was an edible bowl, like a tostada, and sometimes too hard to eat; for thousands of years pretty much anything you ate was technically a pie.

In the days of ancient Egypt pies were even served to the pharaoh. These were made of nuts, honey, and fruit. The ancient Greeks had their own version of pie dough wrapped around meat to seal in the juices. At this time the Romans had a favorite pie, called the placenta which was more of a cheesecake and often used as an offering to their gods. The Romans were responsible for spreading these pie recipes throughout the world.

In medieval Europe “animated pyes” became a royal treat. These pies were packed with living things, such as birds, and rabbits that would pop out when the pie was opened. Sometimes these pyes contained a dwarf who would pop out and walk down the table reciting poetry and doing tricks. Recipes of the era explained how to make these pies without killing the creatures inside.

Back when America was young, the Pilgrims brought with them what they were familiar with from England, so shepherd’s pie and cottage pies were popular. Once the Native Americans introduced them to the abundant fruits and berries in the New World, the Pilgrims adapted their recipes to what we know as the fruit pie. It was the Pilgrim ladies who “cut corners” and made pies the familiar round shape familiar, literally to stretch their precious ingredients to the max.

In 1700’s, Pioneer women were responsible for making the pie part of American culture, elevating it to a critical part of county fairs, picnics, and other events. Pies changed as ingredients and life styles changed.

Even George Washington had a favorite pie made with sweetbreads, which Martha happily baked for him. Mark Twain ate huckleberry pies and cold milk to cheer himself up, but also loved apple, peach, mince meat, pumpkin, and squash pie. Here in Pie Town the most popular pies during the founding of the village were dried apple, raisin, and pinto-bean pie. By all accounts, bean pie “isn’t too bad” and tastes a bit like pumpkin pie.

Whether you’re a prince or a pauper, whether you prefer cream, meat, or fruit, pies are a delicious food interwoven into American and human history. Why not bake or eat one today and be a part of history yourself?

Future Plans for Pie Town

Future PlansPie Town Rising Stars is working to accomplish these things:

  • Solicit donations from private individuals, corporations, and government.
  • Raise funds by creating and operating an astronomy based event to follow with the existing Pie Festival in the form of a “Pie in the Sky Star Party” to compete with the currently popular “Texas Star Party”. The proximity to a large town (Albuquerque), the dark skies, and the uncrowded quiet of Pie Town makes it ideal to cater to astronomers the world over and has clear advantages over the Texas site.
  • Restore Pie Town’s infrastructure, such as water service, roads, park and community center.
  • Purchase land and historic buildings to preserve the town’s history and small-town feel.
  • Create and operate a tourist destination leveraging the town’s historic past and unique characteristics to bring attention to the area and create jobs and spur intelligent controlled growth.
  • Operate an art gallery where the works of local artists are displayed and sold, with a portion of the proceeds going to the non-profit. This will empower and assist artists that are currently residents, and will attract more artists to live and create art in the very affordable Pie Town area.
  • Organize and restore two historic aspects of the Pie Festival that were lost for various reasons, but will dramatically improve the appeal and the number of nights visitors stay in the area:
    • The “Fiddle Contest” will be restored, attracting musicians from around the world to come and play and compete.
    • The Pit BBQ will again feed thousands of guests with Pie Town’s own unique cowboy recipes.
    • Will attract visitors and residents who love old-west history by purchasing and restoring historic buildings in the area and making them open to tours.
    • Will build needed structures, in part, using re-discovered earth-building technologies, along with partial solar and wind power, making the community a showcase for the popular energy independence and earth building movements.
    • Will attract general tourists by operating a museum that will feature old-west and nostalgic “Route 66” artifacts and will sell souvenirs to help raise funds.
  • Attempt to work together with the current attractions to improve the overall guest experience:
    • DanCyn Windmill Museum
    • Lightning Fields
    • Pie Town Rodeo Association
  • In addition to the two current restaurants, over time will attract or operate the necessary businesses and services to make Pie Town an attractive tourist destination, such as:
    • An old-west petting zoo
    • Horseback rides
    • An old-west/vintage themed gas station/c-store
    • A coffee shop that serves pies and coffee every day – serving pies purchased from the two current Pie Town restaurants. Acts as a promotional tool and helps fight the current “always closed” reputation of Pie Town.
    • A small grocery store.
    • An old-west themed saloon with regular live country/western music entertainment and dancing
    • A motel with 30 rooms
    • A biker hangout, with parking for dozens of motorcycles, open grills, “biker chow”, bike
  • And will eventually host a multiple day “Ride the Driveway” cattle drive with real cows, real cow-boys and guests mounted on horses retracing the steps of the historic Cattle Driveway, spending the night eating authentic cowboy grub and sleeping under the stars. contests, and other features known to be loved by bikers.

And, the Pie Town community benefits from:

  • Funding to maintain and improve infrastructure, such as water and waste services
  • Control and manage growth so that the town can become prosperous, yet remain small, charming, clean, relatively crime free, quiet and uncrowded.
  • Increased property values
  • Property taxes paid to the county and state will increase
  • The Pie Town area will become a popular tourist destination, bringing money into Pie Town, New Mexico and the local community.
  • New jobs will be created.
  • New jobs will attract new residents.
  • New residents means improving Fire and EMS services
  • Providing funding to improve the Community Center, including building a commercial kitchen
  •  Build and operate a Senior Center offering community, free meals and basic medical care
  • Provide free vocational training to local youth to help them fill the needed services in Pie Town and the surrounding areas.
  • The new traffic into Pie Town will increase traffic on Hwy 60 benefitting other communities on that highway.
  • This model for restoring a historic town to a prospering tourist destination can be used for other towns in New Mexico and beyond.

Video

Kathy Knapp and the Pie-O-Neer Restaurant in Pie Town, NM

Michael Rawl and the Good Pie Restaurant in Pie Town, NM

Pie Town featured in an Award Winning Hollywood Movie? You bet!

Restoring Pie Town

Pie Town Gas Station
Future Restored Vintage Gas Station

Pie Town is a small historic town balanced on the Continental Divide in southwest New Mexico. Its unique name hints to its humble beginnings back in the days of the old-west as a pie-serving rest stop for cowboys, later to become a destination for dust bowl refugees, then booming yet again as a prosperous agricultural center.

Pie Town, at one time had a Post Office, Two Restaurants, a School, a Gas Station, a Grocery Store, and a Gift Shop.

Sadly prosperity has been absent for fifty years. These days only a hand full of residents live there, and two small restaurants serve pie to the occasional curious driver travelling on highway 60.

 

Using funds raised with the “Pie in the Sky” Star Party, we hope to restore many of Pie Town’s historic buildings and businesses and make Pie Town a friendly and popular tourist destination. Please consider making a donation to help Pie Town. Or come and visit the annual Pie Festival, which is our main Pie Town fundraiser.

With revenue from the “Pie in the Sky” Star Party and with revenues earned from the new Tourist Destination program, we hope to restore and build infrastructure such as water and waste services, and parks. We also hope to someday build our own senior center, and fully staff our emergency services to build a foundation for new jobs an a prosperity not seen here in forty years.

‘Pie In The Sky’ Star Party

Teaching Telescope

Pie Town New Mexico is a tiny historic old-west town located 2 hours and 30 minutes South West of Albuquerque. There are no street lights here, no parking signs, no stop lights. What Pie Town does have is remarkable natural beauty, quiet and some of the darkest skies in the world.

Pie Town Rising Stars is a  non-profit organization that is holding the “Pie in the Sky” Star party starting in spring 2015. It promises to be the friendliest, most neighborly, and most delicious Star Party you’ve ever attended.

All proceeds are to benefit Pie Town Rising Stars efforts to restore Pie Town’s infrastructure, and to help it’s needy residents, and eventually to help make Pie Town a visitor friendly destination for astronomers and travelers of all stripes to spend a few hours to several days enjoying this remarkable place.