Arabella’s annual pie social took a road trip

City of Port Colborne press release – This year staff of the Port Colborne Historical and Marine Museum took Arabella’s annual pie social to the doorstep of their volunteers. For the last 36 years, dedicated volunteers have baked a wide variety of pies to serve in Edwardian fashion during the annual event that marks the opening of Arabella’s Tea Room.

“We worked with The Pie Guys on West Street to provide a small four-inch apple pie for each volunteer. We coupled it with fine china and the most popular tea at the tearoom, orange pekoe,” said Stephanie Powell Baswick, museum director/curator. “We also have to thank Wendy Barber who is a City of Port Colborne crossing guard who has been relocated to Arabella’s to assist in the cleaning and sanitizing of all the china in order to meet Public Health recommendations. She has been such a valuable asset with each cup and saucer given attention.”

Due to the cancellation of this popular event, and being unable to open Arabella’s Tea Room on June 1 as planned, museum staff decided this would be the perfect year to recognize these dedicated volunteers by treating them to tea and pie.

“We certainly miss all the activities that go on at Arabella’s Pie Social and History Fair and giving back to some of our wonderful volunteers is a way to keep the spirit of the annual event alive,”  said Michelle Mason, assistant curator.

On Sunday, May 31/2020, they winded the 1910 Edison Standard Model E cylinder phonograph, donated for event use by Ethel Kern, and set out around Port Colborne and beyond delivering an afternoon treat to the volunteers’ front door.

 

 

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