2009 Pudding Head Paula Zindler
The 2009 Pudding Hollow Pudding Festival is over—and it was a success!
We were worried that the date (Halloween) might keep people away. It actually seems to have attracted them. Several festival-goers competed for the best costume prize, which went to local chef Marty Yaffee attired as “The Lion Chef.”
The Lion Chef
Lunch was a mob scene (but a tasty one), thanks to the efforts of Juanita Clark and her family, along with Sandy Cronin.
The kitchen crew was cheerful and efficient.
Our entertainment, “The Witches of Pudding Hollow,” involved the title witches, their hapless male counterparts, a couple of ghostly spirits, and a lot of laughs.
Witch Melanie works her magic with John and Ray.
The Reverend Jonathan Grout and Witch Pamela
Musical Director Alice Parker
Original Pudding Head Abigail Baker--a witch AND a chanteuse.
Ghostly spirits of Pudding Hollow cement the witches' spell.
Our judges worked extra hard to discriminate among the novel puddings entered in the pudding contest. We had entries from five out of the six New England states. (New Hampshire, where art thou?)
Bob Hall of Maryland won a bag of apples as the contestant who came the farthest.
Here the replete judges announce the winners (left to right: Edie Clark, Kathleen Wall, Michaelangelo Wescott). Thanks to the generosity of our donors, everyone went home happy as well as full.
Mardi Smith of Newtown, Connecticut, took home the prize for Spookiest Pudding with her Fright Night Pudding.
New Pudding Head Paula Zindler of Cummington, Massachusetts, looked a little astonished at her victory, but it was well deserved.
Her luscious Pumpkin Gingerbread Pudding (pictured below) featured a creamy custard made with sun-colored local eggs.
Congratulations to all–and especially to all of our volunteers for making the day so joyful!
One of our fabulous judges, Edie Clark, has written a blog post that sums up HER experience that day. Do take a look!
Meanwhile, here are a few additional images, just for fun.
Costumed contestants await the start of the Pudding Parade.
A Table Full of Pudding
Paula De Fougerolles and her family entered FOUR puddings in the contest!
Our actors weren't highly rehearsed, but no one seemed to mind!
EXTRA SPECIAL THANKS to Phyllis Gotta, our wonderful photographer, for her contributions to this site and to our big day………