Pie in the Park

By Dawn De Busk

Staff Writer

CASCO — Don Murphy feels enthusiastic about the musical lineup for this year’s Casco Recreation Department fundraiser.

But, he said he is a little hesitant about playing his flute in front of an audience that has easy access to pies.

“I’ve played at the Fryeburg Fair with an Elvis impersonator, and I’ve played at pubs in Bethel, but I have never given pies to an audience before a performance,” said Murphy, who is billing himself as the Pie’d Piper. He will also serve as the master of ceremonies.

According to Casco Recreation Department Director Beth Latsey, the second annual Pie in the Park event was planned to raise money to support recreation programs such as the Veterans’ breakfast, the coach appreciation dinner, and other youth activities.

Casco Librarian Wes Covey, who plays the guitar and bass, will kick off the evening with some folk songs on his guitar.

The headlining band is Shakedown, whose members hail from Bridgton. Murphy also reigned in Mister Moon, a trio of women musicians, who delve into country music. Sisters Hallee and Kati Pottle are joined by Rachel Keyes in this talented threesome. Each of the musicians in Mister Moon take turns performing the vocals.

Local resident Mark Hitchcock will accompany Murphy during some of the numbers.

“The evening will be a nice mix of country, folk and blues. You can’t leave out the blues,” Murphy said.

“This is a family-oriented evening with local musicians showcased. Everyone agreed to volunteer their time for this community celebration. And, it’s for a great cause,” he said.

As far as the lineup of desserts — you name it, and someone will most likely bake it. Local bakeries and members of the Casco Recreation Committee will supply the pies for the event.

The slices of pie will be sold for $2 each. Later in the evening, whole pies will be auctioned off, according to Latsey.

Anyone wishing to donate homemade pies, please contact Latsey via email recreation@cascomaine.org or by phone, 627-4187.

If it rains next Sunday, the event will be moved into the gymnasium of the nearby Casco Community Center.

Latsey recommended attendees bring their own chairs or blankets.

“What a better way to enjoy a Sunday than with good music and homemade pies,” Latsey said.

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