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A pie in the sky afternoon at the West Stanly Senior Center

On Wednesday afternoon, the participants at the West Stanly Senior Center celebrated National Pie Day by…making earrings as part of a jewelry class.

The dream of a scheduled pie-tasting afternoon ironically turned pie in the sky — only two people actually brought pies.

Penny Geater brought a frozen peanut butter pie while Cyrilla Haggerty brought a fresh apple pie. Both are Locust residents.

And both love pie.

“I’ll take pie any day, every day,” said Geater.

Geater prefers rhubarb pie while Haggerty enjoys cherry and lemon meringue pies.

They both also thought more people would bring pies.

“Elderly people, they love their sweets,” said Haggerty.

“The pies that came were enjoyed,” said Kelley Bigger, family services director at the Stanly County YMCA, with a big tongue-in-cheek grin.

There are events every day at the West Stanly Senior Center such as canasta, quilting, Scrabble, crochet and watching “The Andy Griffith Show,” to name a few.

And the senior center has several events happening in the future, including a celebration of National Puzzle Day on Tuesday and of National Kite Flying Day Feb. 8.

The senior center is a collaboration between the Stanly County YMCA and the Stanly County Senior Center. The collaboration began in October.

The official ribbon cutting and grand opening of the West Stanly Senior Center will be at 2 p.m. Thursday.

New people come in each week, said Bigger. So far this week, six people have already joined.

“That’s been exciting to see it grow,” said Bigger.

As the senior center has gained more attention, it seems more and more people want a piece of the pie.

Now, if only more people had brought actual pies.

About Chris Miller

Chris Miller has been with the SNAP since January 2019. He is a graduate of NC State and received his Master's in Journalism from the University of Maryland. He previously wrote for the Capital News Service in Annapolis, where many of his stories on immigration and culture were published in national papers via the AP wire.

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