Cookie Monster would be proud.
Imagine a fundraiser featuring cookies baked and donated by local folks.
It’s all happening Saturday morning in Harpers Ferry, and the baking is already under way.
After all, what’s better than cookies at Christmas?
But that’s only the beginning, there’s more good news about this sweet bake sale.
Proceeds will go to a special cause, according to organizer Pat Morse.
“This is our first of what will hopefully become an annual event. We are excited, and can’t wait to see it become a local date that people look forward to,” she said.
Morse and other Harpers Ferry Parks and Rec Commission members are responsible for this inaugural event.
They have been assisted by 20 volunteers who are baking the goodies, she said.
Saturday’s sale is open to the public.
It will be held at the Camp Hill Church Social Hall, 645 Washington Street, Harpers Ferry, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Cookies will be sold by the pound, and customers will be able to choose how many and which kinds to purchase.
Beverages will also be available including coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
Funds will go toward refurbishing the top step of the town’s bandstand.
A “CCB 1909” etching has seen plenty of bad weather, and is fading away.
Some tender loving care is important to restore it.
And because there’s actually a lot of history at the site.
Most of it wasn’t well known until recently.
For example, the inscription stands for Citizens Concert Band 1909.
The bandstand, now known as the town gazebo, was quite a hotspot years ago.
Years ago it was located on an island, but that has changed.
The CCB had the structure moved from Island Park on Byrne’s Island in the Potomac River near the Hilltop House.
It was moved to its current location in 1909, and that explains the inscription date mystery.
Morse said she learned about its past when her son researched the gazebo and inscription for a school project.
Slowly, one by one, pieces of the iconic puzzle fell into place.
“This is the only structure remaining from Island Park. But the gazebo is still a community centerpiece,” she said.
Holidays are celebrated there, including community events like a July 4th concert, Easter egg hunt, and the Woman’s Club annual herb sale.
Tourists often stop at the gazebo and enjoy learning more about this part of the historic town’s past, she said.
“Researching the meaning of the engraving was the catalyst for my son’s social studies project in the late 1990s which produced the wayside sign now installed at the gazebo.”
Time and weather are taking a toll.
“The engraving on the step is a piece of our town’s history that is fading away, and needs to be preserved for future generations,” she said.
“We hope people will join in the fun to help save this piece of our town history.”
She’s not alone.
Nancy Cummins is happy to be a volunteer baker, and she’s bringing some favorite goodies (cranberry and white chocolate chip cookies) to the sale.
She’s also looking forward to sampling others’ baked goods.
“I don’t have time to bake a lot so this gives me an opportunity to get a variety of home-baked, fresh cookies.
And these funds go to the restoration of the original stone for the bandstand. It’s a fun way to bring the community together,” she said.