While most families are beginning to decorate their homes for the holidays and check items off their shopping lists, the women of Asbury United Methodist Church are planning ahead to Christmas and baking the holiday treats for the annual Cookie Walk on Saturday at 9 a.m.
The event is a chance for local residents to augment their holiday baking with some of the festive treats prepared by the church group.
The bakers have been busy baking cookies in preparation for the annual event held in the church parlors. Approximately 60 bakers will each prepare 12 dozen or more Christmas cookies for the annual event.
Now in its 29th year, the cookie walk gets under way at 9 a.m., but the social hall is usually filled with customers well before that time patiently waiting their turn in the cookie room.
Each customer is given a number and that's the order in which they will be allowed to stroll past the tables filled with trays of cookies. Participants pay $15 for a large box which they can fill with whatever cookies strike their fancy. As they reach the end of the line, volunteers slip in a decorated Santa cookie and seal the boxes for customers.
According to organizers, proceeds from the annual cookie event will to benefit the church's mission projects.