Who can’t find room for pie on Thanksgiving? Apple, pumpkin, pecan, chocolate cream, mincemeat, cherry, blueberry, coconut cream and lemon meringue – all freshly baked were being sold by ladies of Edgecomb Community Church.
The very popular annual pie sale held the day before Thanksgiving and again hosted by Ames True Value Supply on Route 1 was a sweet success. Business was brisk early Wednesday morning, Nov. 27. Nearly half of the 70 or so pies were sold before 9:30, said Gail Boudin of Edgecomb.
Boudin, Marjorie Di Vece and Rev. Kate Pinkham were manning two tables filled with pies at the front of the store. Orders are taken in advance and picked up by the buyers. Some bought two, three or even four pies for their families to enjoy. Each pie was baked fresh the day before the sale. Wayne Averill told Wiscasset Newspaper he couldn’t resist buying a coconut cream for his family’s Thanksgiving gathering. Wayne and his brothers Jeff and Steve Averill own and manage the store.
The congregation baked single and double-crusted pies. Bakers were Boudin, Di Vece, Pinkham, Pat Green, Gloria Bailey, Virginia Kreutz, Carol Colby, Marie Cooper and others. The pie dough and crusts were made at the church on Edgecomb's Cross Point Road and distributed to members who filled the shells with all the different fixings and then baked them the night before the sale.
The church's mission committee organizes the sale; all the proceeds go towards the church’s mission work. Some of the money will benefit Habitat for Humanity in Boothbay, Boudin said.
The sale began about 30 years ago. Beta Sigma Phi, a local woman’s sorority, started the tradition. The church took on the sale four years ago. This is at least the fourth one hosted by Ames True Value. Several leftover pies were given to the Averills to share with their employees.