Portal, AZ - Rodeo, NM

Pi Day- 2019

Started by a physicist at the San Francisco Exploratorium in 1988, Pi Day soon became an annual national celebration. And celebrate we did on 3/14. The number of people and the amount of food far exceeded our expectation. Yes, we had pies - of every flavor imaginable (with  ice cream or whip cream), but then came the other pies: spaghetti pie, pizza pie, chicken pot pie. OH MY!

There were games, songs, activities, a multimedia presentation about all things Pi, and even a medley of Pi-Ku readings (see below the slide show). This turned out to be one of the funniest and unusual celebrations we have ever staged in Portal. 

 You Can Advance The Slides With The Right & Left Arrows, On Either Side Of The Thumbnail Images

                                             The Pi-Ku Contest

"Haiku" is a traditional form of Japanese poetry consisting of 3 lines. The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. The lines rarely rhyme.

A Pi-Ku is similar, except that the number of syllables must correspond to the digits of Pi (3.1415 ). Accordingly, a Pi-Ku works like this:

-- First line: 3 syllables

-- Second line: 1 syllable

-- Third line: 4 syllables

— Fourth line (optional): 1 syllable

—Fifth line (optional) 5 syllables

Here are some entrants from Pi Day

By Linda Pretty (ok, one extra syllable) 

Portal is


place for me and thee 

Narca (One extra line)

PI r²


Pie are roundish


All In

Teri Denson (Three lines)

Ode to Pi




Not just that. It’s a

Reason for a party in Portal

By Jackie Lewis (a 3-14-2 huh?)


Pie is the one I bake or buy and eat until it is

Gone. Yummy

By Howierd

This Pi Day


Portal at its best!