Young and old bakers are invited to participate in the annual cookie contest organized by the Conklin House committee, and entries must be presented Thursday, December 2, afternoon between 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to the historic homefront
There are four age categories, from the under 12 to the adult set, and the winner of each category will receive a $15 gift certificate to the Cold Stone Creamery.
Bakers must provide at least one dozen cookies for judging, which will be done by a panel of six featuring Village Mayor Ralph Scordino, as well as local residents and business owners.
Last year there were close to 60 cookie entries in the contest.
The Conklin House will also host two open house events this week. The first will take place during the chamber's Old Fashioned Village Christmas extravaganza this Friday, December 3, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the second will be held on Saturday, December 4, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The cookie contest winner will be announced on Saturday and that day's event also offers a raffle contest in which some special prizes are up for grabs. The prize list include a wreath created by Village Trustee Deborah Basile and a tree skirt and quilt made by seventh grade students.
Volunteers have turned the Conklin House and its three-bay barn into a winter holiday spectacular, with various rooms decorated by different community groups, according to Basile.
The backroom, which features a live decorated tree, was put together by seventh grade volunteers and is "adorable," noted the trustee.
"The Open Houses are just a wonderful coordination of effort by people in the community," she said, adding the open house events always draw a big crowd.