Saturday, September 15, 2007

A Pie & Ice Cream Social Under the Cottonwoods

Perhaps you recall that sometime back I wrote about two old retired Santa Fe stations that sit alongside Iron Springs Road. Here's the third of the trio -- unlike the other pair, it is less than a mile from its original railroad home in Skull Valley. I was fortunate enough to score a ride down the hill for the annual ice cream and PIE social sponsored by the Skull Valley Historical Society Saturday morning.

There were ladies and gents in period costumes, the men as Arizona Roughriders...

...and the ladies in their Sunday-go-to-meeting finery.

There was music -- by the bluegrass gospel & western group, Extra Touch.

This was not an occasion for all those sales booths we see at most summer events. Only a few items were on sale, all local, including honey...

...cute little owls made from what look like Arizona walnuts...

...Skull Valley tee shirts...

...cloth books made by a Skull Valley woman...

...and pie, wonderful pie! Oh, so many kinds of pie there were.

Pumpkin. Apple in various guises. Lemon meringue. Lime cream. Chocolate. Assorted berries. Pecan. You name it...
Well, I did. I asked for good old fashioned rhubarb. It took some looking, which the ladies did willingly. Finally they found two, among all those homemade goodies that were still packed away, waiting to be served from the long table. But I'm sorry to have missed tasting some of those other confections. At $5 a pop (priced to pay for the entertainment and food), a slice of that lime cream looked a hair pricey. But mainly, I was short on cash!

Folks ate at tables in back of the museum in the shade of those immense cottonwood trees for which Skull Valley is famous (all thanks to the best water table in all Yavapai County, BTW.) If you still need convincing, the picture below should help gauge the size of those trees.

I haven't room in this post for the other pictures you'll see soon, of the beautiful quilts and the really, really antique autos that were on display! And, not so incidentally, the reason I made it all the way down to Skull Valley is that a dear friend, Georgene Lockwood, is running for county supervisor for district one. She is attending all manner of local events to meet people and get a feel for what they expect of a candidate.

Speaking of Elections: In case you were looking for a website for the Yavapai Wester (formerly the Yellow Sheet), it is here. There's a good story about the election of our new mayor.

7 comments:

Olivia Kroth said...

Lime pie - wonderful!
It is my favorite pie, I ate it all the time when I lived in the States. They don't make lime pie over here, I miss it a lot.

SBird said...

Two years ago, we went to the pie social and yesterday, we drove by...it has EXPLODED in size. We really couldn't believe the difference...

rhubarb is my pie-of-choice, as well.

Oh, and our well hit water at 9 feet--unheard of, except in this water table.

Granny J said...

Olivia -- But then you were in Florida, where they understand that the limier, the better. I've discovered a wonderful lime marinade that I use on fish and on fruit concoctions!

SBird -- This was a grand occasion, aside from the fact that PIE is one of my not-so-secret vices. Do you like your rhubarb straight up, too, without strawberries diluting it? Now that Young's Farm is gone, I think the only place to get decent rhubarb pie is at Berry's over in PV.

meggie said...

Another lovely interesting post! I love huge old trees.

Granny J said...

Meggie -- aren't those cottonwoods wonderful? Our only other tree that I love as much (or more) is the Arizona sycamore.

sheoflittlebrain said...

Oh me, oh my, how I love pie! Now why didn't we drive down the hill for that!

Granny J said...

Brain -- I was going to call you, begging for a ride, but this chance came up and I grabbed it! Also, it was a three-event day. I'd never been to Acker Park before...

 
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