Dress warmly and join in the winter festivities of this year’s eighth annual Storybook Holiday on Saturday, Dec. 3. The Frostburg State University Children’s Literature Centre and Frostburg First come together to present a daylong event of seasonal family activities running from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m.
The opening celebration will occur at Failinger’s Historic Hotel Gunter on Main Street, where guests can enjoy breakfast with the elves for $6 a person from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Tickets are available at the Hotel Gunter. The fourth annual Elf Olympics will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Storybook Holiday parade on Main Street. After the parade, children’s author Jerdine Nolen will present her holiday book, “Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee,” at the Frostburg Community Library. Her presentation will be followed by a craft activity at City Place on Water Street. From 10:45 until 11:15 a.m., the Frostburg Dance Academy will perform, and from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the United Church of Christ will host a holiday cookie sale.
The sidewalks of Frostburg will feature carolers and wandering elves, and Frostburg’s City Place will host various activities throughout the day, including free carriage rides from 1 to 4 p.m. From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., children may visit the elves’ secret workshop to choose a craft to make and wrap as a “secret” gift. They may also visit the Letter to Santa station, where they can write and mail their letter to the North Pole. Children will also have the opportunity to have their picture taken with an elf. From 2 to 3 p.m., visitors can purchase one of Nolen’s books and have it autographed. Holiday craft vendors and a model railroad display will also be at City Place from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Take the time to celebrate the season through literature during the holiday storybook readings from 1 to 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Also, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., the Soroptomist Holiday Auction will take place at the Community Center. The Hotel Gunter will house the Holiday Cookie Contest, starting at 1:30 p.m. Free cookie decorating will begin at 1:30 p.m. in Hotel Gunter as well.
Following the Festival of Trees in City Place at 6:30 p.m., Potter’s Place will be caroling in the Courtyard of Saint Michael’s Church at 7:30 p.m. The Palace Theatre will host an 8 p.m. showing of the holiday classic, “The Bishop’s Wife.” Tickets are $5 and are on sale at Main Street Books and the Children’s Literature Centre in Framptom Hall 206.
Storybook Holiday’s major sponsors are PNC Bank, FrostburgFirst, the City of Frostburg Parks & Recreation, FSEA, Frostburg State University College of Education and the Children’s Literature Centre of FSU. Additional sponsors are Main Street Books, Lorenzo’s Bakery, McFarland’s Candies and the Princess Restaurant.
For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or email@example.com.
FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call 301-687-4102 or use a Voice Relay Operator at 1-800-735-2258.