Please let this blog guide you to understand how the Nine Days Of Pie works.
How does the Nine Days Of Pie happen? Who pays for it? Who is the sponsor?
The Nine Days Of Pie is a labor of love by Shane and Amy Bugbee. There are no sponsors, no paid participants. Believe it or not, Amy saves money from her meager paycheck to cover the cost of ingredients, and she uses her vacation time to host people and make pies. Instead of sitting poolside on vacation with an umbrella in a drink, this is what the couple chooses to do. It sounds crazy, sure, but someone has got to do it!
Okay, enough of the third person talk…
Additionally, all of this year’s many wonderful participants are basically donating their space, and several are donating the pies they make. Imagine The Clinton Street Theater and Dantes are just letting us use their space! Just turning the lights on costs money, big money. And, other locations are spending money and manpower to make their part in this event happen.
Why? Because this is about building a strong community, and all of us are willing to sacrifice in an effort to do that. In this time especially, bringing people together is vital. It is vital for the future of our neighborhoods, our cities and our entire nation! Sure that sounds grandiose, but as the old saying goes, a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step, or the other one about not overlooking the power of a single person to change the world.
Want to bring a pie?
Pie is welcome, but certainly not required. Rest assured, this is’t a pie contest, there are no judges. Your pie will be met with absolute gratitude, store bought or homemade, all are welcome at most locations.
AND, if you do bring a pie, we’ll give you a prize. Actually, we will give you a gift pack worth over $50. Yep, that’s right.
Also, if you make a pie, PLEASE bring the recipe. I am working on a Nine Days Of Pie cookbook and I would be thrilled and delighted to include your recipe in the book to celebrate your guest pie!
How else can I help?
Make no mistake, we love The Nine Days Of Pie, but it is a costly affair. I bake with nearly all organic ingredients, I make some vegan pies, some gluten-free pies, and that stuff is all expensive. Last year I went through over 20 pounds of butter, and about 40 pounds of flour! This is no small affair!
Let’s be clear, I am a mere working stiff, working a day job, trying to build up my vanilla business, taking on additional odd writing jobs when I can. We are not wealthy, we are paycheck to paycheck, art sale to art sale, trinket sale to trinket sale, it’s not easy. If you have the means, or if you are so inclined, we would be most appreciative if you hit the GoFundMe link and threw in a couple bucks. We even have prizes on there to make it worth your while: https://www.gofundme.com/the-nine-day-of-pie
Thank you for your support!