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Homemade cookies bring in the dough

By Staff | Dec 12, 2018

Stacy Ours and her grandmother, Pud Ainsworth, pack up an assortment of delicious cookies for their families during Harpers Ferry's Second Annual Cookie Walk. Photo by Toni Milbourne.

HARPERS FERRY — The Harpers Ferry Parks and Recreation Commission called on the bakers in town and around the area to provide homemade cookies for a fundraising endeavor to raise money for the town. The Second Annual Cookie Walk took place on Saturday, with approximately 50 bakers contributing cookies for their fellow community members to box and take home for the holidays.

The event, once again organized by Patty Morse, chair of the Commission, offered cookies that were decoratively displayed for buyers to choose from. Everything from chocolate chip to maple to sugar and more could be found around the table, as folks filled their boxes before heading to the weigh station. The cookies were sold by the pound, and customers paid anywhere from $7 to $21 and beyond, depending upon the weight of their choices.

The fundraiser this year was geared to raise funds for new benches at the Town Gazebo, located on Washington Street. It is the site of several events throughout the year, including Easter and July 4 events.

“The benches currently in place have seen a lot of wear and tear,” Morse said. “Our goal is to replace them to allow visitors and residents continue to enjoy the park.”

According to Morse, all of the cookies baked for Saturday’s event were sold before the 1 p.m. closing of the event.

“We had steady traffic all morning, even with the change in the timing for the town’s parade,” Morse said, referring to the change from the traditional start time of the town parade at 2 p.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The town’s Parks and Recreation Commission has increased in activity over the past year, and in the upcoming year will offer a minimum of seven events.

“The cookie walk is our last event for 2018, but we’re already getting ready for 2019. We will continue with the annual Easter Egg hunt at the gazebo,” Morse said. “We will also offer Music on the Ridge as a returning event.”

In addition to these activities, the commission hosts the annual Oktoberfest and Art in the Park events in the fall, as well as handing out candy on Halloween night and overseeing the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree.