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The cake for the 100th anniversary of Villa Maria Hall was beautiful.
Tara Basile, director of events at Immaculata, coordinated the
anniversary celebration and was in charge of ordering a cake. Basile
researched local bakeries and narrowed the selection down to two. She
scheduled tasting appointments at the two bakeries for her “IU cake team,”
and they took their work very seriously. According to Basile, the Cake Art
Studio “blew them all away…there was no comparison.” She booked the
Villa Maria cake well over a year in advance of the anniversary.
Eileen Gray, owner and pastry chef of the Cake Art Studio, visited
campus, met with members of the IU cake team, and took photos of Villa
Maria Hall. She was also supplied with photos from the Archives, current
images, and photos from
Grace & Glory on the Noble Hill,
the IU coffee
Q&A with Eileen Gray:
Q. On a scale of 1-10, how difficult was the Villa Maria cake?
A. I would say the Villa Maria cake was a 10 in difficulty.
Q. What aspect of the cake was the hardest?
A. The hardest part of any “building” cake is getting the
measurements and scale correct so that when you look at the cake,
it is instantly recognizable as that particular building. To do that,
I used photos I took, photos sent to me by Tara, and also Google
Earth images to see the footprint of the building.
Q. Approximately how long did it take to make the cake?
A. I believe there were a total of about 100 man hours in the cake,
from our first consultation until delivery.
Q. What was the best part of the process?
A. The best part of my job is the reaction from the client when they
first see the cake. After all the work involved, it was very gratifying
to see the cake in front of the building. It matched perfectly.
Not A Piece of Cake!
Mercita Loyola Brett Kane ’35 has more than 95 years of memories of
Villa Maria Hall, so it was fitting that she attended the celebration of the
building’s 100th anniversary on September 14, 2014, accompanied by her
daughter, Maryanna Mercita Kane Massey.
Throughout her life, Massey says, she has heard her mother’s stories
about Immaculata, and she interviewed her mother to help gather some of
those stories here.
“As I asked Mother these specific questions, I was reminded that it
was surely certain women in her life at Immaculata who sustained her,”
Massey said. “It’s incredible that her face still lights up when their names
Mercita Brett was born in Philadelphia, PA on September 28, 1914.
Her great aunt was Mother Mary Loyola Gallagher, IHM, the first
president of Immaculata (then known as Villa Maria College) from 1920
to 1930. Mercita arrived at Immaculata when she was 4 years old to attend
Villa Maria Boarding School, and she recalls Mother Loyola playing an
important role in her happy memories at Immaculata.
“In my young days Auntie M, which was my name for her, would visit
me whenever she could, and also made a point of saying good night each
evening. As I got older, I became her companion when she had a meeting
or an appointment that called for a car. Mother Loyola would summon
Anthony, the driver, and I would accompany her on the excursion.”
Sunday, September 14, 2014