Cookies, singing and more at Commons this Saturday

Margaretville — All are welcome to share in some holiday cheer and have an uncommonly good time at The Commons Building on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 1 p.m. at 785 Main Street, Margaretville. Enter the third Annual Cookie Contest, enjoy a holiday reading by The Open Eye Theater, come sing-a-long with Patti Dell and Kent Brown and partake of delectable treats at the Longyear Christmas Party.
Bake your favorite cookies and enter the “Third Annual Cookie Contest” to win gift certificates from local Main Street merchants in time for your holiday shopping. To enter bring a batch of your favorite holiday treats to the Commons Building, between 10 a.m. and noon to register your entry on the 2nd Floor Atrium. Only one entry per participant and no mixed plates of cookies.

Baking prizes
Gifts will be awarded to the best cookie, most original cookie and healthiest cookie. Judging will take place between noon and 1 p.m. when all are welcome to gather to enjoy a good old-fashioned Christmas Party. Winners will be announced during the course of the event, but you don’t have to be present to win.

Following the cookie contest, the Open Eye Theater will present a reading from Amie Brockway’s new stage adaptation of the popular classic Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham.
One hundred and one years ago Kenneth Graham published Wind in the Willows, a book for children inspired by the stories he told his young son Alistair about the little animals who populated the Meadow, the Riverbank, and the Wild Wood. Chapter V is known as “Dulce Domum” or “Home Sweet Home” and takes place at Christmastime. Working class Mole (performed by Nat Thomas) has been enjoying the company of debonair and well-to-do Rat (performed by John Exter).

Special celebration
They have been out for a walk on Christmas Eve and are heading back to Rat’s comfortable home on Riverbank for oysters and tea, when suddenly Mole, sniffing the air, catches a forgotten but familiar scent, and memories of his modest dwelling in the Meadow come rushing back to him. The two set off to find his old abode, and a very special celebration of Christmas results.

Elizabeth Sherr will supply descriptions of scenes and stage directions, Kent Brown and Patti Dell will add to the magic by performing all of our favorite holiday songs followed by a good old-fashioned sing-a-long.

The Longyear Gallery will also be hosting a Christmas Party where all will be invited to partake of all the delectable cookie entries and other refreshments. Guests are asked to bring a wrapped gift labeled by gender and age to be distributed to children throughout our communities hardest hit by the recent floods.

These events are sponsored in part by Shopmargaretville, a collaborative effort of Margaretville businesses working in association with the MARK Project. Events are free. For more info, visit www.catsguild.org or call 586-3443.