Fruitcakes will be smashed at Dorchester vineyard

Even comedian David Letterman made fun of fruitcakes, those often hard and dry pastries passed out at Christmastime.

“Airport screeners are now scanning holiday fruitcakes. Not even the scanners can tell what those little red things are,” Letterman joked.

Since he isn’t the only one with a distinct distaste, fruitcakes shunned by finely tuned palates will be smashed with hammers or broken into pieces suitable for a game of cornhole at Flying Fruitcake Fun.

An adult field day designed by the Layton family and held at Layton’s Chance Vineyard and Winery on New Bridge Road in Vienna, the event is planned for Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.

To balance the destruction of food, those attending are asked to take donations for the Maryland Food Bank in Salisbury, said Jennifer Layton, who owns the winery with her husband, William, and in-laws Joe and Laura Layton.

“This will be a good fundraiser for the food bank, especially now, in light of the government shut down. That was not intended when we originally planned it. There will be games and things that destroy or use fruitcake,” Layton said.

“Some fruitcakes will be destroyed by bat. We will play cornhole with smaller fruitcakes that will fit through the hole and there will be some other silly games,” she said.

She is hoping about 50 people attend, and take canned or boxed foods or cleaning products for the Food Bank.

“It was a combination of ideas, but we really liked the idea of working with the Food Bank because the summer before last my son, for his Eagle Scout project, grew an acre of vegetables for the Food Bank. We learned a lot about how great the need is. It’s like 45,000 people on the Eastern Shore are food insecure and over a third are kids,” Layton said.

Seventeen-year-old Stephen Layton raised tomatoes, zucchini, squash and watermelon.

Now the Layton family will use fruitcakes to further help the Food Bank.

“We are procuring the fruitcakes. I bought them and people, if they don’t have one to bring, can get them from me for a donation,” she said.

The Delmar band Double Nickels will perform. Guests can take snacks and picnic lunches, buy wine and taste fruitcakes.

“I think it’s going to be a great time,” Layton said.


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