FSU Children's Literature Centre hosting 14th annual Storybook Holiday

Young storybook fans can meet and be assisted by elves like these from last year’s Storybook Holiday, from left, Kevin Keh, Michael Tartt, Andy Wall and Jennifer Schofield.

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Frostburg State University’s Children’s Literature Centre will hold its 14th annual Storybook Holiday celebration on Dec. 2 in downtown Frostburg.

The festivities will begin at 8 a.m. and end with a holiday-themed movie, “Holiday Inn,” starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is for people of all ages and features a parade, cookie decorating, storybook readings, trolley rides and other family-friendly activities. In addition, attendees get the chance to meet Santa Claus and authors/illustrators Joan Waites and Lezlie Evans.

Breakfast With the Elves will begin at 8 a.m. at Hotel Gunter. Tickets are sold in advance at the hotel. After the meal, 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 before the parade in front of Gunter Hotel. A 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. 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 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. Trolley rides will be available.

Waites and Evans will begin at 11:30 a.m. with their presentations at the Frostburg Community Center. Later, from 2 to 3 p.m., they will host book signings at City Place. Both are authors of various books; Waites is the author of “An Artist’s Night Before Christmas” and Evans is the illustrator of “Finding Christmas.”

Free cookie decorating and a cookie contest will take place from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at Gunter Hotel. Awards for this contest will be announced at City Place at 5 p.m. At 4 p.m. in the Lyric Theatre, 20 E. Main St., the children’s play “A Storybook Holiday Mystery,” written by Ann Buskirk and directed by Josh Mallow, will be presented. Admission is free.

As the activities of the day come to an end, the Festival of Trees takes place at City Place from 5 to 6 p.m. Celebrators will meet Santa, cookie contest awards will be announced and live entertainment will be presented. The last activity takes place at the Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m., with a showing of the 1942 movie classic “Holiday Inn,” featuring the music of Irving Berlin and starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. Tickets are being sold in advance at Main Street Books.

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 clc@frostburg.edu. Updates can also be found at www.facebook.com/clcfsu.

CUMBERLAND TIMES-NEWS, ctn@times-news.com

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