The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre and Historic Frostburg present the second annual “Frostburg Storybook Holiday” on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The day begins at Hotel Gunter on Main Street, featuring “Breakfast with the Elves” from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., followed by the 1K “Jingle Run,” which will start at the West End of the city. Tickets for the breakfast are $4 per person and may be purchased at Main Street Books and The Children’s Literature Centre at FSU. The Storybook Holiday Parade, sponsored by the Frostburg Masonic Lodge, will roll down Main Street at 10 a.m., ending at 11 a.m. with the event kick-off at St. Michael’s Church courtyard, featuring music and festivities.
Holiday storybook readings will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. at Main Street Books, the Frostburg Community Library, Kramer’s Deli and Thrasher Carriage Museum. Drawings for free children’s books will be held at all locations.
For adults, readings by the FSU Creative Writing Center from “The New Yorker Book of Christmas” will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Tombstone Café. Additionally, Main Street Books will also feature a book signing at 2 p.m. for “A Taste of Maryland History: A Guide to Historic Eateries and Their Recipes.”
Frostburg’s City Place on Water Street will host a variety of activities throughout the day. From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., children may visit the “Elves’ Secret’ Workshop” for $1 to choose a craft to make and wrap as a “secret” gift. They may also visit the “Letters to Santa” station, where they can write and mail their letters to the North Pole. Children may also have their picture taken with an elf for $2. From 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., vendor booths will also be selling a variety of crafts and artwork, and lumps of coal will be on sale for $1 as a gift for that “special someone.”
The Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at 2 p.m. at the Frostburg Community Center, followed by the Soroptomist Holiday Auction from 3 to 5 p.m.
At noon, children’s authors Marc Harshman and Cheryl Ryan will be at the Frostburg Community Library for a presentation, followed by a book signing at Main Street Books from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Visitors to the Main Street area will be able to walk past window decorations at stores and restaurants that revolve around various holiday children’s books, created by area schoolchildren. The sidewalks of Frostburg will feature carolers and wandering elves, and hot cocoa, hot cider, wassail and hot chestnuts will be available at several locations. From noon to 4 p.m., free carriage rides will be leaving from City Place. Restaurants and shops will be open throughout the day with special offerings. Parking is free throughout the day and evening.
The day will continue at 6:30 p.m. at City Place, with a tree lighting ceremony, musical programs, cookies, cocoa and a visit from St. Nick. At 8 p.m., the Palace Theatre will host a one-time showing of the classic film, “White Christmas,” starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye and Rosemary Clooney. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at Main Street Books, Armstrong Insurance, J.R.’s Custom Screen Printing and the Children’s Literature Centre at FSU.
For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-4420. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.