Many homes are beginning to fill with the aromas of pies, cakes and cookies, while the local malls are getting dressed up in their finest holiday styles and preparing for the holiday shopping rush. Three special events will give area residents the opportunity to add some special touches to their own holiday celebrations, while enjoying one of the state’s treasured landmarks.

The Holiday Arts and Crafts Workshops give participants the chance to learn how to create tempting smells of baked treats and beautiful holiday decorations. The Gingerbread House and the Candy Making Workshops are scheduled Saturday, Nov. 23. The Holiday Live Greens Workshop will be Saturday, Dec. 7. All sessions are offered at the WVU Jackson’s MillCenter for Lifelong Learning near Weston.

The Gingerbread House Workshop will show attendees how to assemble, decorate and design a pre-baked gingerbread house. The edible creation will make a unique holiday centerpiece. Becky Cox, who has been a cake decorator for more than 25 years, will lead the workshop.

The Candy Making Workshop instructs participants how to make tasty treats such as peanut butter cups, peppermint crunch, coconut bonbons and chocolate-covered cherries. Ruby Helmick, who has been making candy for 30 years, will serve as instructor.

The Holiday Live Greens Workshop, set for Saturday, Dec. 7, will teach attendees how to make holiday pine wreaths and door swags. Terry Sisto, who has led wreath-making classes in Morgantown for several years, will lead the workshops.

Each workshop costs $35, which covers most materials and lunch in the Mt. Vernon Dining Hall. A special price of $60 will be available for those participating in both November workshops. All three workshops will be offered in the mornings and repeated in the afternoons. Some workshops require participants to bring some materials with them. Space is limited and registration must be completed by Friday, Nov. 15, for all three workshops.

For more information or to register, contact the WVU Jackson’s MillCenter for Lifelong Learning at 1-800-287-8206.
The events are sponsored by The Friends of Jackson’s Mill and the Jackson’s Mill Heritage Foundation.