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Pi, by any other name, just as sweet

March 08. 2015 10:06PM

I thought Studio 550’s professional pie-baking contest was a clever idea even before I realized it was being held on March 14. For others who are as slow as me, that date written out numerically is 3-14-15, the first five digits of the infinite number known as pi — 3.1415.

Get it?

“It is all one big silly pun, but we take any excuse we can get to do something fun,” said Monica Leap, founder of the community art center on Elm Street.

I share her sense of humor, as well as her taste in desserts.

“It just kind of made sense to do a pie competition on pi day,” she wrote to The Scene. “First off because it will be fun. Second, it celebrates pie — which is perhaps my favorite dessert.”

Leap and her team had thought about doing the competition last year on March 14, and when it didn’t come together, they knew that 2015 had to be the year.

‘We won’t see 3.14.15 again in our lifetime,” she explained.

The Pie Day competition will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. and feature samples from a dozen New Hampshire bakeries. There will be winners in three categories — fruit pies, cream pies and creative. Ticket holders can sample and vote for People’s Choice awards.

“The winners will get full bragging rights as well as a commemorative pie plate handmade at the studio here,” Leap wrote.

It’s a fun community building, and also brings people in the doors of Studio 550 to see what the center is all about.

“We try to expose people to the arts in fun accessible ways so that ‘being creative’ or ‘engaging in the arts’ is not a scary or expensive/exclusive activity,” Leap wrote.

Bakeries currently scheduled to participate Saturday include The Bakeshop on Kelly Street, Finesse Pastries, Wicked Good Bakery, The Crust and Crumb, Nomad Bakery, Just Like Mom’s Pastries, The Saxy Chef, Bridge Street Cafe, Sunshine Scoops, Sweet Melissa’s Kitchen, and the Roundabout Diner & Lounge.

Tickets bought in advance at the studio or at are $20 for adults and $15 for children under 13 and students with a college ID. There may be $25 tickets available the day of the event, but Leap cannot guarantee there will be enough pie.

“There will be a limited amount of pie, and once it is gone it is gone,” Leap wrote.

Palace of the past

The Palace Theatre’s book celebrating its centennial is hot off the presses. If you have a special place in your heart for this historic theater like I do, then you will love perusing this 90-page, full-color book that touches on some of the events and characters that have shaped the theater over the years.

You may recognize the faces of people like Cathy Burnham, George Piehl, Sally Zyla Addison and Bob Shea, as well as some of the local kids who have participated in the very popular Palace Youth Theatre productions.


“The Palace Theatre: 100 Years of Performing Arts,” written and edited by Suzanne Dell with Richard L. Hatin, is available for $29.50 at the Palace Theatre box office, or on the books page of

A festival of music

Temple Adath Yeshuran is bringing the Boston Jewish Music Festival to the Queen City this Sunday with an Israeli All-star Cabaret.

The artists scheduled to perform represent some of the many different styles represented in Jewish music today. They include jazz trio Ehud Etun, contemporary pop artists Tutti Druyan, pianist Tal Zilber and jazz-classical fusion artist Florie Namir.

Sunday’s show begins at 4 p.m. at the 152 Prospect St. temple. Tickets are available online at for $20 or for $25 at the door.

Luck O’ the Irish

In case you were wondering, both Bobs are still holding their traditional Saint Patrick’s Day-themed celebrations this month.

Tomorrow morning is the 15th annual Bob Baines’ Blarney Breakfast, hosted by the former mayor from 7 to 9 a.m. at the Radisson. The morning of live music, an auction, great food and endless fun, will benefit Special Olympics New Hampshire, the American Red Cross and the Shirley Brulotte Fund, established in memory of Baines’ sister.

Tickets are $150. For more information visit

Next Tuesday — the actual St. Patrick’s Day — is the 37th annual Bobby Stephen’s St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Celebration at the Executive Court.

The festivities begin at 5 p.m., with WGIR AM 610’s Jack Heath serving as emcee.

Funds raised go to the Bobby Stephen’s Fund for Education, a non-profit that assists disadvantaged students through scholarships and program development. Easter Seals of New Hampshire’s Youth Transitional Services is also a beneficiary of this event.

Tickets are $65 and will available at the door.

NH365.ORG Event of the Week

There is nothing like the New Hampshire State Home Show to make you feel like your own home is a dump. While I rarely get around to actually completing any projects, I do love the inspiration I get from all the vendors and exhibitors at the show.

This weekend’s home show starts Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets purchased in advance are $7 or $9 at the door. There are discounts for seniors and military and children under 12 gain free admission.

Visit for more information on where to buy tickets for this and other events around New Hampshire this weekend.

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