Pie social planned at Norlands

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The Merry Plinksters Ukulele Group from Farmington has an expansive catalog of songs spanning many decades and genres.

LIVERMORE — The 7th annual pie social at Norlands will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, at the Washburn-Norlands Living History Center, 290 Norlands Road.

The fundraiser will feature pies for $12 or slices for a donation. All proceeds benefit the Norlands educational programs.

New this year is a pie baking contest. Adult and junior bakers can enter pies and have the chance to win prizes. Contest rules and entry forms may be found on the Norlands website or by emailing norlands@norlands.org.

Bakers also have a chance for a special “Gold Medal” prize if they make the crust using Gold Medal flour.

The Norlands is the ancestral home of the founder of Gold Medal flour. Born in Livermore in 1818, Cadwallader Colden Washburn moved west and at the age of 48 built a flour mill on St. Anthony Falls in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1880 he entered several types of flours in the International Millers’ Exhibition in Cincinnati and his flours won the bronze, silver and gold medal prizes. He changed the name and started the Gold Medal brand.

The Merry Plinksters Ukulele Group from Farmington has an expansive catalog of songs spanning many decades and genres.

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Visitors to the pie social will hear more about Cadwallader during a tour of the Washburn family home. Guided tours are available all afternoon. The 1853 one-room schoolhouse, similar to the one where all of the Washburns attended school, is a short walk down the road and will be open all afternoon.

Starting at 1 p.m., Phil Poirier will perform in the pop/folk tradition. Poirier is also an artist/photographer and a former board member of the Norlands.

The Merry Plinksters, a Ukulele group from the Farmington area, will play at about 2 p.m. The group, founded in 2010, has an extensive and unique catalog of songs spanning many decades and genres.

A $5 general admission is charged for the mansion and schoolhouse tour ($3 for children ages 12 and under). Otherwise it is free to enjoy pie and music on the front lawn.

Activities take place rain or shine. In case of cold or damp weather, the music will be moved into the meetinghouse.

For more information, visit www.norlands.org or call 207-897-4366.

Cadwallader Colden Washburn, founder of Gold Medal Flour and a U.S. Congressman and governor of Wisconsin, was born in Livermore in 1818. He was one of 11 children born to Israel and Martha Washburn.

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Phil Poirier, a singer-songwriter in the pop/folk tradition, will play during Norlands Pie Social on Sept. 9.

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