I live inside Boston’s city limits and I know my neighbors. My street is 2 blocks long, but the sense of community here is immeasurable. Last week, I received this email invitation:
News from Betty Crocker! We will have our 4th Annual Apple Bake-Off on Sunday, September 16th!
Location: the Meadow (the “Meadow” is my neighborhood’s nickname for the narrow side yard between two houses on my block)
If anyone wants to organize an apple-picking excursion on Saturday, 9/15, go for it! (and yes, an excursion was organized and locally grown apples were cored, peeled, sliced and boiled for the Bake-Off)
See you at the BAKE-OFF starting at 4 pm! BTW, Betty just might make a surprise appearance!
Today (Sunday, September 16) was a beautiful day with a hint of autumn in the air. There were 10 entries in the Bake-Off, some prepared by teenagers, some by adults and at least one with the combined efforts of an entire family. As you can see by the photo, Betty Crocker did make an appearance.
Five impartial judges (most under age 12 and one over 50) were selected. Each judge rated the entries between 1 (yucky) and 10 (yummy) based on their own preferences for apple desserts and how well they thought each individual entry lived up to its potential. After the judges had completed their taste tests, everyone present was invited to partake. (Some indulged with such enthusiasm that dinner that night was no longer required).
When all 10 entries had been sampled, the judges’ scores were totaled. It was a tight race and in the end, there was a three-way tie for first, a three-way tie for second and one third place winner. But if truth be told, there are no losers on my street and certainly no one left the Bake-Off hungry.