Saxon River – On the 4th, Patriot, Pie and Flippers were doing Charleston on Main Street.
The Saxton River returned to its festive ways in Vermont on Monday after a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus, as it paid tribute to the traditional “Roaring Twenties” and celebrated all day.
The small village has revitalized a pie-making competition and has drawn dozens of area firefighters for bragging rights to a traditional water polo.
Others strolled the short Main Street to eat, read their tarot cards, buy a goldfish, learn about local politics, conserve energy and electric cars, and listen to live music from Debbie and the Downers.
When it comes to pie, the father-daughter duo from the Saxon River won the competition with a special apple pie.
The competition attracted 13 pies, including three types of unusually delicious desserts, including sausage and egg pie, French chard and apricot prosciutto pie.
There were apple pies, blueberry pies, blueberry apple pies, peach and black currant pies, and blackberry cream.
Shailene Smith, 10, of Rockingham, made peach and blackcurrant pie, made with home-grown black currants. Her mother, Alexis Mullen, said the peaches were from last year’s crop.
Marie Lou Masuko of the Saxton River brought out a last-minute blueberry sour cream pie, and the judges returned to their plates.
Matt and Sacha Beauchamp won the judges’ nod with a crunchy apple pie, which was garnished with small pastry apples on top, with red sprinkles for a festive touch, according to pie contest organizer Ann Manner McClarty.
Manner McClarty and a group of judges tasted 13 different pies, and announced the winner just before the show started. Slices of pies were sold to raise money for future village celebrations, and recipes were collected for inclusion in a pie cookbook that will be sold next year, also to raise funds, Manner-McLarty said.
Manner McClarty, who moved to the Saxton River recently when she and her husband bought the former St. Edmund’s Catholic Church, said she’s jumped into the local pie celebration, succeeding Celia and John Bohannon, old villagers honored as major spectators at Monday’s parade. .
Manner McClarty said the Bohannon family gave her good advice on the pie contest: “Never mind, do it your way.”
The Bohannons rode in a vintage white convertible Rover, and drove a motorcade full of small-town charm and spanning the political spectrum. A group of silent electric cars followed.
There were protesters against the recent US Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, and there were supporters of science, as well as life, liberty, and justice.
And in between, there were children and adults on decked bikes, quiet electric cars, hummingbirds, and a large floating phoenix.
At the Saxton River, the area’s lineup of fire trucks was roughly the same width.
Coming first on the show were Main Street Arts and Charleston Dancers, who wore two beaded and embroidered dresses.
One of the dancers, Saxton River Village President Amy Howlett, said some of the dresses came from the New England Youth Theater, and some came from people’s closets.
She said that the group rehearsed, and even had a choreographer.
Other “floaters” on the show included the Bartonsville Grange wagon that won third place. The newcomer celebrated the 160th anniversary of The Grange, an agriculture-based organization that had completely vanished from the Vermont landscape.
There was a large group of children – and adults – on decorated bikes. The samba band’s rhythms won second place, according to show organizer Sue Hernandez.
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