From left, Judy Wendler, of St. Clair Shores, Chef Marti Marques, Judy Molitor, of St. Clair Shores, Candie Jagenow, of Eastpointe, and Jannett Williams, of St. Clair Shores, assemble pies for baking. The center is able to bake 32 pies an hour and aims to sell 1,000 pies over the course of the week.

From left, Judy Wendler, of St. Clair Shores, Chef Marti Marques, Judy Molitor, of St. Clair Shores, Candie Jagenow, of Eastpointe, and Jannett Williams, of St. Clair Shores, assemble pies for baking. The center is able to bake 32 pies an hour and aims to sell 1,000 pies over the course of the week.

Photo by Deb Jacques


This year's apple pie week is double the fun in St. Clair Shores

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published September 16, 2021

 Mary Zerilli, of St. Clair Shores, peels apples at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center Sept. 13.

Mary Zerilli, of St. Clair Shores, peels apples at the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center Sept. 13.

Photos by Deb Jacques

 Ruben Ascencio, fitness instructor at the Senior Activity Center, helps Chef Marti Marques take apple pies out of the oven.

Ruben Ascencio, fitness instructor at the Senior Activity Center, helps Chef Marti Marques take apple pies out of the oven.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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ST. CLAIR SHORES — The St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center doubled the number of apple pies for sale in 2021 compared with 2020, which will help with the increased costs associated with the center’s meal program, Senior Center Coordinator Matthew Hubinsky said.

“We ordered 68 bushels of apples this year, and we’re planning to have quite a few more volunteers this year,” he said. “Over the last year or two, we’ve really seen an increase in the cost of food, so this will really help us out.”

Curbside sales were a success last year, so that continued this year, Hubinsky said.

“Everyone seems very excited. We’ve gotten a lot of phone calls, a lot of questions and a lot of volunteers,” he said. “A lot of people want to make it happen.”

The apple pie sales support the Senior Center’s meal program, which provides high-quality, nutritious meals to members. Although the center asks for a donation in order to dine, they don’t turn anyone away.

“We’ve had people who couldn’t donate, and that’s what the program’s there for,” he said. “People really like to see each other for the meals, even if it’s just in the parking lot picking up their meals.”

Pie sales began Sept. 14, with a goal of selling about 200 pies per day through Sept. 17. Speaking the week before the sale, Hubinsky said there has been so much interest that they doubted there would be any problem selling all of the pies.

“Between our senior center members and the general public, people are calling (asking) when can I come? When can I get in line? How much do they cost? How many can I buy?” he said. “We’ve got a lot of great people coming together to make this happen, and we’ve got a lot of sponsors, too, so we’re happy about that.”

The Senior Activity Center was able to offer in-person dining for parts of August and early September, but it recently transitioned back to carry-out meals only to follow guidelines from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B, whose guidance changed with increased COVID case numbers.

“Sometimes, it’s not about the meal, but more about the conversations and the friendships,” Hubinsky said.

Activities have been returning to the Senior Activity Center after closures during the pandemic.

“We’ve been adding back all of our day trips (and) started, this summer, ‘Explore the Shores,’” he said, explaining that participants would go to a local park or attraction and go out to eat. The trips are now expanding outside of the city to destinations like The Parade Company and Blake’s Orchard.

“Those trips are filling up quick,” he said.

Likewise, a summer pickleball clinic was so popular that the center added another this fall and started a beginners group that is playing at Kyte Monroe Memorial Park.

“People are really interested in getting out there and getting out again,” he said.

For more information on the St. Clair Shores Senior Activity Center, visit scsmi.net/673/Senior-Activity-Center or look for St. Clair Shores Senior Center (50+) on Facebook.

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