Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Plan Ahead

I hate rushing the holidays. Seeing Christmas stuff out early in the stores drives me crazy. But calendars fill up fast. Howard County offers some amazing holiday events and there's only so much time before it get to be too much. So I am giving you a date now. Put it in your calendar.

The Oakland Mills Cookie Swaptacular will be returning to The Other Barn on Sunday, December 15th, from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. This event, spearheaded by Mary Kate Murray, hosted by the Cookie Chicks, and presented under the auspices of the Oakland Mills Community Association, has become a highlight of my holiday season.

You'll soon be seeing info on Facebook. When you join the event, more details will be forthcoming, but I'll clue you in right now. Bring 7 dozen of one kind of homemade cookie. Bring a plate to display them on, and bring a container to take home your loot, because we will share and share alike and you will go home with a sampling of everyone's cookies. Yum.

Yesterday I talked about added value. Well, this is truly a value-added event. There's time for cookie sampling and socializing with a variety of hot drinks. Santa will be there to meet and greet kids, so bring your camera to snap a few pictures. There's a children's craft activity table, too.

But wait--there's more: a variety of cool door prizes and party favors for participating. With holiday music in the background and lovely decorations on the tables, you're sure to get that holiday "zing" and come away cheery, if not just buzzing with all that sugary cookie goodness.

Okay--mark your calendar. December 15th from 3-5 pm. The Other Barn, Robert Oliver Place, Oakland Mills Village Center, Columbia. Join the Facebook Group. And start looking at recipes...



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