The Wimberley Pie Social happens for the 22nd consecutive year on April 14. It’s a way to welcome in Spring with a nostalgic connection to the way villages used to socialize in the past—quite appropriate considering that the event is sponsored by the Wimberley Institute of Cultures.
Pie may be the ultimate comfort food and you can get a wide variety at the Pie Social, along with hot dogs, chips, drinks, and sno-cones.
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., visitors can listen to music by the Distractions, jump around in a bounce house, check out a petting zoo, get their faces painted, eat lots of pie, and watch the pie competitions.
Awards will be given to the best apple pie, the best nut pie, best fruit pie, best chocolate pie, and best cream pie.
Oh, and you get to eat lots of pie.
The Pie Social will be held at the historic Winters-Wimberley House on Ranch Road 12, just down from the Community Center.
The Winters-Wimberley House was built around 1856 by San Jacinto Battle veteran and furniture maker William Carvin Winters. It’s the village’s oldest documented stone cottage representing the anchor of Wimberley’s economic origin: the miller and his mill.
After Winters’ death in 1864, successive resident millers were John Cude, Pleasant Wimberley, and John Will Pyland. The home was continuously occupied for 140 years, has an official Texas Historic Marker, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
WIC bought the building in 1997, part of their ongoing mission.
“This is what we do as an organization,” said WIC President Barbara Thibodeaux. “We preserve local history.”
The Wimberley Institute of Cultures is a non-profit organization formed to recognize and protect the natural, historical, archaeological, and cultural resources of the Wimberley Valley. They do that through educational and social activities like the Pie Social.
WIC started more than 20 years ago and sponsors historic trips, picnics, Christmas parties, produced the “Historic Walking Tour of Wimberley” brochure, and preserves historic locations in the village.
It all began in 1986 with $500 left over from the Bluebonnet Ball, a Wimberley Celebration of Texas’ 150th anniversary as a state. The Pie Social was WIC’s first major event and has become part of the fabric of the village.
In addition to the Winters-Wimberley House, WIC has also restored two historic murals by Buck Winn, a noted artist and inventor who settled in Wimberley in 1941. One mural hangs in the Wimberley High School and the other in the Community Center.
The Winters-Wimberley House also hosts historic exhibits sponsored by WIC and other groups in the area.
Among the items preserved by WIC are a number of historic photographs showing early village landscapes and pioneer families and events that helped shape Wimberley’s history. Many of these photographs are on permanent exhibit in the Winters-Wimberley House. With each exhibit come more photographs, sometimes artifacts, oral histories, and videos.
WIC is also restoring the historic Zach Wimberley House built in 1877. The home is one of only three surviving structures from the 19th century and is the oldest house of its type in Hays County.
“It’s a miracle it’s still standing,” said Bruce Billingsley, Chair of the WIC Zach House Committee.
The house was home to Zach Wimberley, son of the town’s namesake, Pleasant Wimberley, who built it for his 14-year-old child bride, Mary Elizabeth. The Nathan E. Hughes family later lived there, so it is formally known as the Wimberley-Hughes House.
WIC is also pursuing official historical markers for a couple of buildings on The Square, restoring another Winn mural, and compiling the “Village of Wimberley Cookbook” with more than 400 community recipes and original art.
For more information, visit the web site at www.wimwic.org.