Getting away
Pie and art: A tasty menu plus a cool escape from summer doldrums

Frosty ice cream and pie, art, sculpture, crafts, shaded picnic tables, and classic cars to admire -- that’s all coming Saturday, July 17, when the Skull Valley Historical Society presents its annual Pie and Art Social, 1 to 4 p.m., at the depot museums and community center.


Members and friends of the historical society are baking pies for the event, and the Yavapai Artists are preparing paintings, sculptures and crafts to show.

Likewise, members of the Mile High British Car Club are polishing their vehicles in anticipation of the event. Also, there will be bronze sculptures by Bob Scheelings, ceramics by Mary Hirschberg, Skull Valley honey by Tom Vetch, and other booths.

During the pie social, the Skull Valley Depot and Section House Museums will be open to visitors. A tour through these museums will take people back to the early days of this ranching community. There are pictures of Skull Valley’s earliest families, old-time farming and household implements, and memorabilia about the railroad .

The Skull Valley Railroad Depot was built in 1898 and was moved to its present location in 1970. In 1991, the section house, once home to railroad section managers and their families, was moved to the museum grounds. The adjacent Skull Valley Community Hall, built in 1916, was facing destruction until the historical society took it over four years ago and re-roofed, painted, and furnished it.

Funds from the pie social enable the historical society to continue to maintain these three historical buildings. In recent years, more than 500 people have come to the event for a country afternoon of pie-eating and socializing.

The Skull Valley Depot and Section House Museums and the Community Hall are located at 127 Old Road South, 500 feet west of Iron Springs Road, next to the elementary school. The depot and section house museums are open for summer hours each Sunday (through September) from 2 to 4 p.m.

Information about the pie social may be obtained and pie donations made by calling the Skull Valley Historical Society at (928) 442-3658. Shade and tables and chairs will accommodate those enjoying the pie and ice cream.