Fort Riley society hosts membership drive, publicizes pies
Kymberly Dillon, military spouse, left, signs in with HASFR ghostess Kirstin Batchelor, right, at the HASFR Ice Cream Social Aug. 26 at the Custer House. Dillon signed up to volunteer for HASFR’s ghost tours in October. Photo by: Jessica Healey, POST.
Story by: Jessica Healey
1ST INF. DIV. POST
The smell of apple pie filled the Custer House on the evening of Aug. 26.
The Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley opened the doors of the historic house for the organization's annual Ice Cream Social.
HASFR's apple pies were offered as a sampling, along with ice cream and toppings.
The event served as a membership drive for the organization. It also was an opportunity to pre-order apple pies before Oct. 5's Fall Apple Day Festival.
Several of the board members donned old-fashioned gowns, complete with hoop skirts, helping bring history to life.
HASFR raises money to help preserve Fort Riley's history, said Jean Anderson, publicity chair, HASFR, and military spouse.
"Memberships make restorations possible," she said.
HASFR contributes to restoration projects and also operates the Custer House. Rentals at the Custer House contribute to making restorations possible.
A lifetime HASFR membership costs $25 and gains the member several perks, according to members, who compiled the top 10 reasons to become a member:
• Cool parties
• Cool outfits
• Cool ghost stories
• Cool facts
• Ghosts scare away mosquitoes from Custer House
• First dibs at apple pies
• Discount on Custer House rentals
• Become a docent and learn about the post
• Learning to channel inner prairie person and deal with power outages
• The best reason to join HASFR is to pass on the historical legacy of Fort Riley to Family and friends.
Each year, HASFR makes apple pies and sells them through the fall until the FADF. The pies seem to be widely anticipated by the Fort Riley community.
Order forms for apple pie pre-sales were readily available at the ice cream social.
"They are so good, you have to buy at least two," said Michele Ross, treasurer, HASFR, and military spouse.
To volunteer to make apple pies with HASFR, email email@example.com.
For more information on HASFR, visit its facebook page, www.facebook.com/fortrileyhistory, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HASFR APPLE PIES FOR SALE
Pre-orders for the Historical and Archaeological Society of Fort Riley's apple pies can be placed through Sept. 27. Pies pre-ordered are $11, but will be $13 during the Fall Apple Day Festival, with taxes included.
Checks or money orders can be made payable to HASFR and need to accompany an order form. Order forms can be obtained by emailing email@example.com.
Both can be sent to: HASFR c/o Michele Ross, 21407 Spur Road, Fort Riley, KS 66442. Mailed orders must be postdated by Sept. 24. Order forms and payments can be dropped off in the locked mailbox on the porch of Side B of the Custer House.
Apple pie pick up will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at a location to be determined. Pick up also will be available from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at FADF. Pies not picked up Oct. 4 or by 2 p.m. Oct. 5 at the FADF will be resold.