Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Now that you're snowed in, let's talk about cookies. Let's bake cookies. Let's get out the cookbooks or go to Pinterest and choose recipes. Let's reminisce about the wonderful cookies of childhood. Even if people can't agree on whether to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, they can agree on cookies.

They almost ought to have their own holiday.

Well, they do. The Oakland Mills Cookie Swaptacular is this Sunday at the Other Barn in the Oakland Mills Village Center. They have their own Facebook Group, and and event page where you can learn more and RSVP for the event.

Yes, with the supreme guidance of Oakland Mills resident Mary Kate Murray and her amazing Cookie Chicks, we have been celebrating cookies for eight years now, and the event gets better every year. We are so lucky to be able to have the event in the beautiful upstairs space at the Other Barn. It is a beautiful space, with plenty of room for Swappers to socialize, taste cookies, navigate the vast array of cookie offerings...

And then there's Santa. Yes, the Swaptacular is a kid-friendly event, probably because kids and cookies are a natural combination. Your child can visit with Santa and you can snap a picture and even eavesdrop if you need some ideas for presents...Then there's a craft table for the kiddos, and plenty of holiday music and wide open spaces for dancing. Yes, kids know that if you have the music and the space, it's an invitation to dance. We should all feel that free!

I digress. Back to the Swap:

You bring six dozen of one kind of cookie, in a container, to put on the Swap Table. Bring another container for gathering your cookies to take home. (You'll take a few of your cookies to cut up for the tasting table when you come in.) You will go home with an amazing variety of cookies. It's that simple.

Oh, and there are door prizes. And, if you post your recipe in advance on the Group page, you will be entered in a drawing to win a $25.00 gift certificate to Oakland Mills' own Second Chance Saloon. This is an event where you will see a lot of smiles, and notice that worries have been left at the doorstep. Time slows down for a little while. It gives you that sense of community that makes Columbia awesome.

Sunday, December 15th, from 3 - 5 pm. Please join us.

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