SMITH: It takes a village to bake this pie

Just about all of Windsor is pitching in with the giddy, flour-dusted students who'll prepare a UFO-sized apple pie that will be served up Sunday on the Town Green.

The latest mega-creation of students of Windsor High teacher Marie Ganister will be six feet across and weigh about 500 pounds. Every bite will contain organic Sonoma County apple.

Culinary-arts students and helpers will bake it Saturday at Cousteaux French Bakery's commercial kitchen and Windsor firefighters will lift it from the oven.

Before the pie is trucked down Old Redwood Highway on Sunday, North County Supervisor Mike McGuire and Phil Demery, the county's director of transportation and public works, will post signs officially renaming the road Old Redwood Pieway — for a day. Give KZST's Brent Farris credit for the name.

The apple pie, conceived as the largest ever in California, will be ceremoniously sliced and eagerly eaten starting at noon at the Windsor Farmers Market.

Five bucks a serving. A la mode.

ON HER TOES: The thrill of young ballerina Shelley Scott's life came in 1979.

The late George Balanchine, praised by some as the world's leading contemporary ballet chorographer, chose her to lead a New York City Ballet production of "Swan Lake." She was then 15.

"It was a life-changing experience," said Scott, who went on to dance two decades for the NYC and San Francisco ballet companies.

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