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Pie auction goes a long way at the Maycroft Hall

Sunday, 19 November 2017. Posted in Shootin' the Breeze

Pie auction goes a long way at the Maycroft Hall
Kathy Rast presents a pie, made by her husband Kyle, as auctioneer Bob Westrop calls on bidders at the Maycroft Hall fall fundraiser.   Photos by Shannon Robison

Pie auction goes a long way at the Maycroft Hall

By Shannon Robison

Folks from Twin Butte to Pincher Creek to Crowsnest Pass and places beyond braved nasty weather and sat down at the Maycroft Hall for the annual supper concert on Nov. 4.

A highlight of the event was the pie auction, which saw takers support the community association with bids in the range of $700 per pie.

The background of a mocha cream delight, told complete with French accent by piemaker Kyle Rast, may have topped the animated bidding for entertainment value.

His wife, Kathy, says Kyle’s pies tend to bring in the big bucks and that his introductions get sillier each year. He has been baking auction pies for the past four years.

Kathy is secretary of the Maycroft Hall Community Association. She says the hall had reached a state of disrepair, with few attending fundraising functions, until eight years ago when the board changed the format to a sit-down dinner, pie auction and dancing to live music.

“This last-ditch effort to save the hall was successful and has been a major fundraiser ever since,” she says.

Money raised at the Maycroft supper concerts and through working a casino has been used to install a new hardwood dance floor, new flooring in the entry and bathrooms, hot water and septic systems, new windows, indoor pine siding, a sound system, acoustic baffles, barnwood siding on the stage, new carpet and a new deck. The roof has been repaired and the hall society has purchased new tables, chairs, dishes, linens, cutlery and a commercial cooler.

The pie and casino money has gone a long way.

This year’s effort resulted in profit of more than $8,600 — the pie auction raised $3,500 and roasts were auctioned for another $975, with the balance coming from ticket and liquor sales.

Kathy says there are no particular projects in mind at the moment, but the committee hopes to upgrade from a propane to a natural gas heating system as a long-term goal. Down the road, she would also like to see Internet capability on-site and a projector and screen purchased.

A Christmas party is held at the hall each year for community members and it is also used for private parties and weddings.

“We are very grateful to all the people who support us by purchasing a ticket, as well as the very generous donations to the pie and roast auction,” Kathy says.

“It is truly a community that has come together to revitalize the hall. Thanks to all!”

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Kyle Thomson is ready to dig in after being high bidder on a homemade apple pie. The auction supports projects at the community hall and raised $4,475.