Christmas cookies for a good cause



October 24th – Yes, it’s only October.

No, it’s not too early to talk about Christmas cookies.

And that’s because my favorite local bookstore, Gathering Volumes, 196 E. South Boundary, Perrysburg, is hosting a triple threat event on Nov. 13 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm.

1: It’s a Christmas cookie bake-off, to start with.

You can be one of the competitors by bringing 48 of your best bite-size treats for evaluation, along with the recipe if possible. Or, you can be one of the tasters and pay $ 10 per person to take on the important responsibility of tasting the goodies and voting for your favorite.

If you don’t want to bake or eat, who wouldn’t want to be an official biscuit connoisseur? – then you are still cordially invited to be there as a spectator and take part, because it is more fun (read on).

2: It’s a fundraiser for the Northwest Ohio Teen Book Festival, which promotes the love of literature and gives teenagers and teenagers a chance to meet their favorite authors. The $ 10 biscuit tasting cost will benefit the festival and help keep it free for all teenage attendees, including entry, lunch, and bus transportation, said Denise Phillips, owner of Gathering Volumes. (Sponsors are also invited to offer support – hint, hint.)

And 3: It’s a book signing, and you’re welcome to attend the presentation. (Register as a spectator as mentioned above.)

Michigan-based author Darci Hannah will talk through her Beacon Bakeshop series about a former Wall Street investment banker who buys a lighthouse overlooking Lake Michigan and converts it into a bakery, with mystery and intrigue ensuing. (Lindsey Bakewell also happens to be driving a Jeep Rubicon.) Both the first book, Murder at the Beacon Bakeshop, and the recently released Murder at the Christmas Cookie Bake-Off are available for $ 8.99 each.

To register for any of the options, go to

Baking is going to be a great time for everyone. And since it’s on Ms. Phillips’ birthday, it’s a party too – just cookies instead of cake.

Supporting the teenage book festival would be the best gift, Ms. Phillips said.

“The data shows that many teenagers stop reading for pleasure,” she said. “In 1980, 60 percent of 12th graders said they read a book, newspaper or magazine every day that was not intended for school. In 2016 it was only 16 percent.”

But reading, she believes, is “one of the best ways to learn to think critically, be empathetic, understand complex problems, and separate fact from fiction. It helps teenagers become informed voters, engaged citizens, and successful college students and / or employees. “

The festival, Ms. Phillips said, “will be an opportunity to meet and interact with writers and their peers. We have a fabulous group of diverse writers writing in different genres, and a fabulous program that has lots of themes and activities with several options covers “. for students in each session to make sure there is something for everyone. “

So come to the baking and birthday party, support the teen festival and go home with new books.

There is no better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.



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