Frostburg Storybook Holiday

December 4, 2010

Children's Literature Centre

Downtown Frostburg will be transformed into a winter paradise as the Frostburg State University Children's Literature Centre and FrostburgFirst Main Street Program come together to present the seventh annual Frostburg Storybook Holiday, a daylong event of seasonal family activities, on Saturday, December 4, from 8AM to 9:30PM. The opening celebration will occur at Failinger's Historic Hotel Gunter on Main Street, where guests can enjoy Breakfast With the Elves for $6 per person from 8-9:30AM. Tickets are available at the Hotel Gunter. The fourth annual Elf Olympics will begin at 9:30AM, followed by the Storybook Holiday parade on Main Street. After the parade, children's author and illustrator, Loren Long, will present his holiday book, "Drummer Boy," at the Frostburg Community Library, followed by a craft activity.

The sidewalks of Frostburg will feature carolers and wandering elves, and Frostburg's City Place, on Water Street, will host various activities throughout the day, including free carriage rides from 1-4PM. From 11:30AM to 4PM, 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 letters to the North Pole. Children will also have the opportunity to have their pictures taken with an elf. From 2-3PM, visitors can purchase one of Long's books and have it autographed. Holiday craft vendors and a miniature railroad will also be at City Place from 11:30AM to 4PM.

Take the time to celebrate the season through literature at one of the holiday storybook readings from 1-1:30PM at Main Street Books, Mountain City Traditional Arts or Frostburg Community Library. Also, from 1:30-3:30PM the Soroptomist Holiday Auction will take place at the Community Center. The Hotel Gunter will house the Holiday Cookie Contest, starting at 1:30PM. Free cookie decorating will begin at 1:30PM in Hotel Gunter as well.

Following the lighting of the city Christmas tree at 6:30PM, the Potter's Place will be caroling in Saint Michael's Courtyard at 7:30PM. The Palace Theatre will host an 8PM showing of the holiday classic, "White Christmas." Tickets are $5 and are on sale at Main Street Books and the Children's Literature Centre in Framptom Hall 206 on the FSU campus.

The event, created by Dr. William Bingman and Dr. Barbara Ornstein, keeps alumni returning to Frostburg every year. Many alumni volunteer as elves, assisting children, working in the Elves Secret Workshop and participating in the Elf Olympics.

Storybook Holiday's major sponsors are PNC Bank, FrostburgFirst, the City of Frostburg Parks & Recreation, FSEA, FSU 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 protected]. Visit the centre's website at

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