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Deering Music Program To Reprise Historic Cookbook

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Deering Music Program To Reprise Historic Cookbook
Posted on 11/14/2014

About 70 years ago, Deering High School band parents put together a cookbook filled with delicious recipes and ads from local companies. Now, Deering students, staff, parents and alumni are invited to join in a project to reprint “Cooking To Beat The Band” as a fundraiser for the school's musical programs, according to Gil Peltola, Deering’s music director.

Anyone interested in participating in reprising the old cookbook is urged to attend a meeting on the project on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Deering band room.

Peltola said he received a copy of the original “Cooking To Beat The Band” about three years ago and his goal since then has been to reprint the cookbook, which he said dates back to about 1946. “It is amazing – handwritten, with hand drawn pictures and lots of superb recipes,” he said. It also contains ads from some local companies still in business today, such as B&M Baked Beans, Eastern Musical Supply (now Music & Arts), Oakhurst Dairy, Vose-Smith Florist, and WMTW-TV.

The reprised cookbook would be sold to raise funds for Deering musical programs and contain some new recipes as well as the old ones and have new ads, with some hopefully coming from companies that advertised in the original, Peltola said.

Also, the reprinting of the old cookbook would be part of student Natalie Veilleux’s senior project, Peltola said. She is a member of band, chorus and handbells and intends to major in music education next year in college, he said.

“We talked about music projects she could do and decided that promoting this cookbook for her senior project would work well for her present and future goals,” Peltola said.

The agenda at Tuesday’s meeting includes such topics as the cost of reprinting the cookbook, how many copies should be made and selling ads. The hope is to have the reprised cookbook ready for sale by March or April, Peltola said.

“This is an extremely worthwhile project, one that will benefit the music program here at Deering, the community and Natalie,” he said. “We need many bodies to help get this off the ground and to be successful.”

For more information, contact Deering Music Director Gil Peltola at peltog@portlandschools.org.

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