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1,000 pies support affordable housing

KENT — Kent Affordable Housing’s sixth annual Night of a Thousand Pies was held on Saturday, Nov. 12. The popular fundraiser will support renovation and construction of five affordable rental apartments at Stuart Farms.

Originally scheduled for the preceding week, the event was postponed by the recent snowstorm and statewide power outage.

Festivities began on Friday, Nov. 11, with a pie baking class taught by Patsy Stroble, former owner of Stroble Baking Company in Kent. The class was supposed to be held in the Community House but there was an oven malfunction so it was moved to the firehouse kitchen.

Stroble showed participants how to prepare a number of different sweet and savory versions including pumpkin pie and chicken pot pie.

On Saturday, lunch was served in the parish hall at St. Andrew’s Church. Lunch was available for purchase as were whole pies and individual slices. Many of the pies offered for sale were donated by local bakers and businesses; others had been made in Stroble’s class.

Many of the visitors went back for seconds and many had pies packaged to enjoy at home.

That evening, a series of Pie Night Dinners were held at private homes in Kent.

Kent Affordable Housing has commitments of about $350,000 in grants and loans for the apartments at Stuart Farms, an antique farmhouse in the center of town. The group is in the final stages of obtaining a $1 million grant from the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development.

The pie fundraiser will help the group raise the $25,000 it needs as part of the grant process. For more information on Kent Affordable Housing, or to make a donation, write to Kent Affordable Housing, PO Box 265, Kent, CT 06757.


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