Hot Rods and Homemade Pies on Thanksgiving

There are many traditions celebrated on Thanksgiving Day. Some folks participate in 5Ks while others snuggle up on the couch and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Then there’s the “Pie Run.”

Now if you are asking yourself, “what is a pie run?” here’s the scoop. Originally planned as a way to get husbands out of the house—and out of the kitchen—on Thanksgiving morning, car enthusiasts would gather under the auspices of “running to pick up a pie.”  They would head over to the local bakery or cafe with their classic cars and hang out with other car enthusiasts  before picking up the pies and heading home. Over time, this Thanksgiving Day “errand” evolved into a tradition with men and women from all over meeting  up on Thanksgiving morning to admire classic cars.

The South County Cafe in Deale has hosted a pie run for years. In fact, this year marks the cafe’s 19th Annual Hot Rods Thanksgiving Day Pie Run. South County Cafe owner John Whitman said last year more than 350 hot rods and classic cars showed up—and he sold 978 pies.

Here are some pictures of last year’s event courtesy of photographer Joanne Riley:

Whitman said the cars will be parked in the parking lot of the cafe, and also in the church parking lot across the street and the library a little ways up the road.  The car show runs from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and there is no fee to participate. There will be a few pies available for those who do not pre-order.

This year Whitman expects to sell close to 1,000 homemade pies, tarts and specialty breads ranging in price from $8.99 to $17.99.  Ordering deadline is Thursday, Nov. 21, but they will continue to take orders into the following week.

Varieties include:

  • Apple
  • Blueberry
  • Cherry
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Chocolate Cream
  • Lemon Meringue
  • Mincemeat
  • Peach
  • Pecan
  • Pumpkin
  • Rum Pecan
  • Pumpkin Supreme
  • Pumpkin Bread
  • Key Lime Tarts
  • Key Lime Pie

Order a pie by calling 410-867-6450. Pick it up at the South County Cafe, 5960 Deale-Churchton Road in Deale between 7 a.m. and noon on Thanksgiving morning.


Chas and Fran’s Place located at 118 Mayo Road in Edgewater will also prepare homemade pies for Thanksgiving Day. Last year, Chas and Frannie hosted a pie run at their former location – the Davidsonville Country Market. Chas said they hope to host a pie run next year at their new restaurant.

The prices range from $12.99 to $15.99. Varieties include:PIes 1

  • Apple Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Pumpkin Rolls
  • Apple Crumb Pie
  • Coconut Custard

Ordering deadline is Wednesday November 20. Pies must be picked up on Wednesday, November 27. To order call 410-956-4264.  Chas and Fran’s Place will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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About Cynthia Giorgio

I'm Cynthia Giorgio, co-founding editor of South River Source. I love to write about the people, places, news and events in South County. Send story ideas to or call me at 301-906-4767.


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