Four things that Judy Pyle is most passionate about include the arts, parties, people and pies. (More on her pies, in a moment….) The longtime ACAC supporter is throwing one of her biggest parties in about a month—inviting the public to enjoy her Fall Fiesta—and all to benefit the arts council.
“This is the 11th annual Fall Fiesta,” Pyle explains. “Not only is it a fundraiser for the arts council, but it’s also a great way to spend a Friday evening after work.”
Set for Friday, September 26 from 5-8 pm, the Fiesta celebrates the first Friday of fall with a Mexican themed supper and drinks. Pyle says tacos are a staple of the menu—with endless possibilities for combinations of fillings—as well as traditional Mexican rice, beans, guacamole, plenty of salsa and chips, and more. Plenty of lively conversation, plus music by the Klinger McFry Band will add to the festive atmosphere.
The setting is Pyle’s meticulously-maintained grounds and gardens, surrounding her Gettysburg home, featuring tents and spacious seating areas. How fitting that attendees will be heading “south of the border” onto South Howard Avenue for her Fiesta—she laughingly refers to her address as “Gettysburg’s SoHo.”
The Fall Fiesta also includes a silent auction featuring one-of-a-kind art and exclusive items. She says prizes in the past have included incredible art as well as trips such as the chance to go sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. As a jewelry artist, Pyle always contributes a pair of her hand-crafted silver earrings.
What drives Pyle’s love of the arts and determination to give back to the arts community?
“I taught art for 35 years,” she says, “So I know how important the arts are to life, to the community, to people who want their children to grow and go onto college. Art is a language, a problem-solving exercise—it expands minds. And the ACAC is all-inclusive in our community.”
Pyle says she’s been an arts council member since the organization’s inception, more than 20 years ago. She’s thrilled to host the Fall Fiesta for the 11th year, as a way to support the non-profit ACAC and keep the arts flourishing throughout Adams County.
RSVP for the Fall Fiesta today:
- $25 per person
- Requested by September 24
- Can be made online (click here) or in person at the arts council, 125 S. Washington Street, Gettysburg
- Admission at the door will be $30
- Event-goers must be at least 21
You will also see Pyle’s name among the many talented instructors teaching adult classes at the arts council this fall. And here’s where her love of pies comes in…
“Not everybody knows how to make pies,” Pyle explains. “I grew up at the elbow of both of my grandmothers and it was great training for me, learning how to make pies. They were known for their pies, so I’m sharing their recipes through my classes offered at the arts council.”
You’re welcome to join Pyle, not only for the Fall Fiesta, but for her upcoming classes as well:
My Grandmothers’ Pies : Peach – Thursday, August 21, 6:00-8:30 pm
Members of the class will be greeted by the aroma of baking pies as they enter the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen. Learn how to make the unbeatable combination of flaky dough and rich peach filling from local artisan and pie baker, Judy Pyle. Learn tips on how to put a crust together, make it, roll it out, ready for the pie pan and the luscious filling to follow. Your pie will be ready to bake or freeze when you leave. Enjoy a pie that’s ready to be shared after instruction! Judy Pyle $38 (members $35) Register thru Paypal
Block Printing-Making Workshop – Saturdays, October 11-18, 10:00 am -3:00 pm
Learn how to make block prints using classic techniques. While the process is simple, the lino print can be as subtle and simple, or as intricate as the artist wants. Bring along ideas to the first class, and use as a catalyst to produce new and exciting artwork! Materials provided. Judy Pyle and Andrea Theisson $139 (members $126) Register thru Paypal
My Grandmothers’ Pies – Apple: Thursday, October 16, 6:00-8:30 pm
Members of the class will be greeted by the aroma of baking pies as they enter the state-of-the-art chef’s kitchen. Learn how to make the unbeatable combination of flaky dough and rich filling from local artisan and pie baker, Judy Pyle. Learn tips on how to put a crust together, make it, roll it out, ready for the pie pan and the luscious filling to follow. Your pie will be ready to bake or freeze when you leave. Enjoy a pie that’s ready to be shared after instruction! Judy Pyle $38 (members $35) Register thru Paypal