KCCA puts its own twist on ides of March to offer Pies of March

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - (From left) KCCA residents Suzanne Whisler, Marietta Davis, Peggy Trees, Carolyn Griffith and Nancy Hayes, who all worked on the Pies of March, stand by a tableful of pie slices ready for the next guests through the door.
In William Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," the Soothsayer says to Caesar, "Beware the ides of March," which of course was prophetic because Caesar was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 B.C., a day in the Roman calendar that corresponds to March 15.

Why the history lesson? Fast-forward 2,000-plus years to King City, where in a turnabout, KCCA residents celebrate the Pies of March.

Two years ago the Hello Neighbor Committee set up what was then a fundraiser, selling home-made (and bakery) pies by the slice or whole, according to Peg Beckwith.

"Everyone thought it was great fun so they did it again last year," she said ahead of this year's Sunday, March 12, event. "So now we're heading for the third annual event.

"It isn't a fundraiser any longer. We have money because the KCCA board gave (the Hello Neighbor Committee) $1,500 to fund activities…  We'll have people sign up to make pies - but of course, some will probably just show up.

"We'll have a reader board with people's names on it who bring pies. Probably some ribbons to pin on them - the people, not the pies. Just a fun thing for the neighborhood."

And the event was fun. Inside the Clubhouse entrance, people got a raffle ticket for drawings for prizes held throughout the event, and people also could buy raffle tickets for a 50/50 drawing.

REGAL COURIER PHOTO: BARBARA SHERMAN - Elaine Siimms (left) offers whipping cream to top off slices of pie as a batch of guests comes through the door of the King City Clubhouse banquet room for the third annual KCCA Pies of March.There was a wide variety of pies to choose from by the slice, and Elaine Simms stood ready with a can of whipping cream for those who wanted a dollop; at the next table, Jim Armour also was ready with a scooper and a gallon of ice cream to top off slices of pie if people so desired.

Coffee also was available, and then about every 15 minutes a raffle ticket number was called, with the winners invited to come to a table in the front of the Clubhouse banquet room and choose a prize.

They included a gift basket with Starbucks products, a book and two mugs; a Hops on Tap growler that would be filled with a liquid beverage at the bar; and a bottle of Bridgeport Brewery Imperial Russian stout.

The King City Pro Shop donated two rounds of golf and two sleeves of balls (one for men and pink ladies' ones).

Other prizes were a ceramic pie plate; jumbo playing cards; a pie server and napkins; "Martha Stewart's Pies & Tarts" book along with colorful measuring spoons; Hot Hands kitchen and BBQ gloves; and a set of cheese knives and a cutting board.

No one left hungry or unhappy as the third annual Pies of March wrapped up.

Take that, William Shakespeare.

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