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Tuesday, July 4, 2006

Deluge and dough

NEWTON

Two of the most intriguing questions that arose during the daytime portion of Newton's Independence Day festivities:

1. Would it rain? And 2. Who, exactly, is Tish the Dough Lady?

The second question came up yesterday, when Tish's impossible-to-miss, hot pink fried dough stand appeared at Albemarle Park in anticipation of the all-day Open Air Market and Amusement Rides event. I decided I had to meet her.

Turns out, I would have had an equal chance of going to McDonald's and meeting Ronald.

Tish, you see, is something of a fried dough magnate. As her daughter, Trish, explained to me, the Salisbury-based Saucier family actually has about 37 brightly-colored stands hawking fried dough, cotton candy, candy apples and other sinful carbohydrates to henpecked parents on any given weekend.

This weekend, the 62-year-old Tish was actually in Bath, Me. at the Heritage Days Festival. So I had to ask Trish my burning question: Ever eat your own fried dough anymore?

"Uh, no," the 37-year-old replied with a laugh.

The answer to the first question came at about 2 p.m., when the skies opened up and soaked the dozens of picnic blankets put out in advance of the 6 p.m. concert by the Zaitchik Brothers. The storm passed after about an hour, and the weather radar actaully looked pretty good for the evening.

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