Face Time: Talking Music, Cooking, and More with Mechanic Falls’ Dee Dee Record Allen
I received an e-mail from a reader not long ago suggesting that we write about a certain lady from Mechanic Falls who had accomplished a great deal.
“A true Wonder Woman,” the letter writer said, describing the many accomplishments of a certain Dee Dee Record Allen.
I had heard of Allen here and there, but didn’t know much about her, so I went to the Sun Journal archives.
She was there in the middle of a story about some local country music awards.
There she was having a craft fair at the dance hall The silver spur in Mechanic Falls which, in this case, is owned by Dee Dee Record Allen.
The lady was everywhere, offering line dancing lessons, teaching something called ‘Piloxing’, teaching strangers how to knit blankets and cooking meals at D’s Pantry Cookin’, which – go figure – is also owned and operated by Dee Dee.
The lady clearly subscribes to the idea that idle hands are the devil’s workshop, and we knew it would be hard to get her between gigs, but we gave it a try and Dee Dee got away with it.
Here’s what she had to say about her busy and productive life.
If someone asks you what you do, how do you answer them? I recently opened a cooking business where I prepare prepared meals for families and deliver them weekly to residents of Oxford Hills and surrounding areas. I also own and operate a country music dance hall that hosts country music bands every Saturday night. I also teach line dancing on Monday nights at the Silver Spur.
What is D’s Pantry Cookin’? During the pandemic, when I was laid off, I started D’s Pantry Cookin’. It started as a YouTube show with weekly recipes and baking and cooking tips and tricks. I come from a long line of great cooks and bakers and have lots of old fashioned recipes. People wanted a cookbook with all the recipes, so I took some and published my first cookbook in November 2020. The following spring, I launched the “mobile meals” segment of D’s Pantry Cookin ‘, where a family of six who order, have dinner delivered to their door every Thursday. It was a great success and we are looking to branch out into making meals for small families in the future.
How did you come to own and run the Silver Spur? Being a musician myself, my family band “The Record Family” played at (Silver Spur), then called the Nickelodeon. The owners said they were considering selling, so I bought it in May 2005. Keeping country music live in the state is very important to me and my husband as we are both passionate about it. art because we are both performers.
How long have you been performing? My first performance dates back to the age of 6. I’ve been playing for just over 44 years now.
Did you really teach a group of 40 people to knit blankets? How did it happen? I actually taught two classes of 40. Filling the spur with extra activities to utilize the space, I thought having craft classes would be fun. I love crafts, so this year I taught two blanket making classes this fall and three wreath making classes. I plan to do more this winter doing other crafts as well.
What can you tell us about Piloxing? Piloxing is a combination of standing Pilates and boxing exercises. Even if you’re not hitting a punching bag, you’re doing all the moves. It was founded by a woman from Sweden, Viveca Jensen, and works your core, arms, legs, and all parts of the body.
What was it like working for the Maineiacs? I can say that working for the MAINEiacs was one of my favorite jobs as far as working for someone else. The relationships I built still endure today for many. We worked hard, but also enjoyed the time we spent experimenting with many social aspects.
What do you do in your free time, assuming you ever have it? Free time is scarce, but when I have it, I like to plan trips to visit friends, home improvement projects and, in the summer, work outdoors.