FSU Children’s Literature Centre Hosts 15th Annual Storybook Holiday
Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre will begin its season of cheer with its 15th annual Storybook Holiday celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1, in downtown Frostburg. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. and end with a holiday-themed movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” starting at 7:30 p.m.
The event is welcoming to all ages and features a parade, storybook readings, cookie decorating and many more family-friendly activities. In addition, attendees get the chance to meet Santa and children’s book author Colleen Driscoll.
The day of events begins with Breakfast With the Elves at 8 a.m. at Hotel Gunter at 11 W. Main St. Tickets are $6 per person and are sold in advance at the hotel. After a delicious breakfast, some of the elves will battle one another in the Elf Olympics at the Broadway parking lot at 9:30 a.m. When the friendly competition ends, attendees can view the Mountain City Center for the Arts kickoff performance at 10:15 a.m. before the parade in front of Hotel Gunter. The fun run, Run Your Bells Off for Autism, will start the parade at 10:30 a.m.
Following the parade, from 11 a.m. to noon, Tail Waggin’ Tutors will provide storybook readings at the Frostburg Community Library at 65 E. Main St. There will also be readings from noon to 1 p.m. at Frostburg United Methodist Church and from 1 to 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, both on Main Street. At 11:30 a.m., the Frostburg Dance Academy will perform at the Broadway parking lot.
In addition, a variety of high-spirited seasonal activities will take place at City Place, 14 S. Water St., from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the Elves’ Secret Workshop, letter writing to Santa, photos with elves and a miniature train display. Craft vendors will also display their items for sale.
Also at 11:30 a.m., West Virginia author Driscoll will begin her presentation at the Frostburg Community Center at 27 S. Water St. Later, from 2 to 3 p.m., she will host a book signing at City Place. Driscoll is the author of “Piper the Elf Trains Santa.” Books can be purchased at Main Street Books.
Free cookie decorating and a cookie contest will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Hotel Gunter. Other attractions include Sticker Stops, where kids can fill their winter bookmarks with stickers to win a prize, face painting and balloon animals at the American Legion at 27 W. Main St., crafts at several shops along Main Street, Cocoa With the PoPo at the Frostburg Public Safety Building at 37 S. Broadway, business and restaurant specials and a miniature railroad display beside City Place. Children can also visit Santa’s House at P.S. Hair Design at 20 S. Broadway.
As the activities of the day come to an end, the Festival of Trees takes place at City Place from 6 to 7 p.m. Celebrators will meet Santa, cookie contest awards will be announced and a performance by the Arion Band will be featured. The last activity takes place at the Palace Theatre, 31 E. Main St., at 7:30 p.m., with a showing of the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” directed by Frank Capra and starring James Stewart and Donna Reed. Tickets are being sold in advance at Main Street Books and cost $5 per person.
Sponsors of Storybook Holiday include PNC Bank, the Frostburg Student Education Association, the FSU Children’s Literature Centre, Frostburg First and the city of Frostburg. For more information, call 301-687-3133 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/clcfsu.
Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 8:00am to 7:30pm
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