There are two kinds of people in America: pie people and cake people. If you’re a pie person (as I proudly count myself), consider coming to the fourth annual “Peace Through Pie” Social this Saturday, Jan. 14, from 2 to 4:30 p.m., at the Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church in Austin, at 1725 W. 11th. “Peace Through Pie” is the homiest community event you can imagine, with music and a pie contest (just regular folks entering, not chefs), a pie auction, and pie eating. It’s all in conjunction with the Martin Luther King Day celebration. Gospel singing will be provided by the Bells of Joy and the Sweet Home Choir, and there will be jazz ensembles from Austin High School and O. Henry Middle School. Then there is the pie contest, with a whole slew of so-called celebrity judges (including yours truly), and the announcement of winners of a student essay contest on the topic “The Beauty of Brotherhood.” Fun will be had by all. Promise. Couple of key details: The public events get started at 2, but if you want to enter the contest, bring your pie to the church between 10 and 11 that morning. If you want to donate a pie for the auction or for attendees to sample (that’s what people really come for, you know), deliver it between 1:30 and 2. Don’t bring it in late, because things get a little chaotic once the doors are thrown open. It’s all so Norman Rockwell, you’d think it was 1950. You gotta love it. (Picture from Austin Chronicle. )
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