Verde Valley Questers raise money for Hance House upkeep

During the annual Fort Verde Days parade, Verde Valley Questers Malia Adache and Diana Hopper, from left, will ride in the 1942 Chevy truck to promote their Pickles and Pies fundraiser to help restore the Historic Hance House on Coppinger Street. (Photo by Bill Helm)

During the annual Fort Verde Days parade, Verde Valley Questers Malia Adache and Diana Hopper, from left, will ride in the 1942 Chevy truck to promote their Pickles and Pies fundraiser to help restore the Historic Hance House on Coppinger Street. (Photo by Bill Helm)

CAMP VERDE - Recently, Malia Adache and Diana Hopper took a break from marketing strategies - and pie baking - for a quick photograph in front of the 1942 Chevy truck they and other Verde Valley Questers plan to ride in Saturday's Fort Verde Days parade.

Each year, the Questers sell hand-made pickles, slices of home-baked pies - or even whole pies - as they raise money to restore the kitchen in the Historic Hance House on Coppinger Street, across from Fort Verde State Historic Park.

"Looking for a country sink and dual drain boards," Hopper says.

This year, the Questers, along with their pickles and pies will be at the Hance House from 10:30 a.m. Saturday until there are no more pickles - and no more pies.

No shortage of pies at the Hance House, with Dutch apple, peach, blueberry/strawberry, rhubarb/strawberry, raspberry, blueberry and pecan.

The jarred pickles, Adache says, are "not dill pickles, more sweet, with a little bit of pepper in them - really good ice cold."

"The recipe was from when the Hance House was built," Adache says. "Originally, [Quester] Lynn Sweitzer's grandma's recipe."

Pickles will be available for $8 per jar, with whole pies available at $15 each or $3 for a slice - or even slices of pie ala mode for $5. All "donations" are tax-deductible.

The Verde Valley Questers are a local group interested in historic preservation. The Historic Hance House, built in 1917 by Judge George Hance, is owned by the Camp Verde Historical Society.

-- Follow Bill Helm on Twitter @BillHelm42 and on Facebook at @CampVerdeBugle

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