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Celebrate Storybook Holidays With Frostburg, FSU Children’s Literature Centre
11/18/2014

Celebrate Storybook Holidays With Frostburg, FSU Children’s Literature Centre
Frostburg elves are ready to celebrate Storybook Holiday with area children.

Frostburg State University’s elves are ready to help ring in the winter festivities of this year’s 11th annual Storybook Holiday on Saturday, Dec. 6, on Main Street in Downtown Frostburg. With the holidays around the corner, the day of events from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. will feature fun storybook-themed activities for children, such as “Breakfast With the Elves,” secret workshops and face-painting. Scores of FSU students and alumni participate in this annual event.

The celebration will start off with “Breakfast With the Elves” from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at Hotel Gunter, where children can give messages for the elves to give to Santa. Tickets are $5 for this event and are on sale now. The seventh annual Elf Olympics will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the Broadway Parking Lot; children can cheer on their favorite elves competing in competitions like the cookie toss and Christmas tree relay. Following the parade kickoff performance by Mountain City Center for the Arts at 10:15 a.m. will be the Storybook Holiday Parade at 10:30 a.m. led by Run Your Bells Off for Autism, where participants represent those who deal with autism by ringing bells. From 11:30 a.m. to noon, the Dance Academy will perform. “Elfaoke,” a sing-along with the elves, begins at noon at the Broadway Parking Lot.

Janet Stoeke, illustrator/featured author, will present “Minerva Louise on Christmas Eve,” her winter story about a friendly chicken from her Minerva Louise series at the Frostburg Community Library from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Other books in the series include “A Hat for Minerva Louise,” “Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs” and “Minerva Louise at School.”

From 11:30 on, City Place will host activities for children, such as photos with elves, making a gift for someone special and writing a letter to Santa. While working on these activities, children and their families and friends can take a free ride on the Holiday Trolley, which will take children on a Christmas-themed journey through the town. Children can also watch the movie, “Prep and Landing” at 12:30 and 1 p.m. at the Lyric Theatre at 20 E. Main St., about an elf preparing for Santa’s arrival around the world before Christmas Eve. Storytelling will be offered at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall and Hotel Gunter from 1 to 1:30 p.m., and children can participate in the cookie contest and decorate cookies at Hotel Gunter at 1:30 p.m. There will also be a book signing with Stoeke at City Place at 2 p.m.

More activities start at 6 p.m. at City Place, with activities such as meeting Santa, the Festival of Trees, the cookie contest awards and caroling. Capping the night off at 8 p.m., the classic 1945 movie “Christmas in Connecticut,” starring Barbara Stanwyck, Dennis Morgan, Sydney Greenstreet and Reginald Gardiner, will be playing at the Palace Theater for $5.

This event is sponsored by FSU Children’s Literature Centre. For more information, contact the Children’s Literature Centre at 301-687-3133 or clc@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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.

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

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