Dirigo Grange #98 in Freedom Hosts Cookie Fest
In preparation for the annual State Grange Cookie Baking contest, members and guests of Dirigo Grange #98 participated in cookie baking party at the Grange Hall recently.
Bakers and eaters of all ages enjoyed themselves as several varieties of cookies, with numerous embellishments, were created recently at their Cookie Fest.
Hazel Cross, a long-term Granger, was the person attending with the most years of cookie sampling and baking experience, followed by Harold and Viola Greeley. Although Harold is a former winner in the men’s division, he passed this year opening a clear path for Jim Rogers, who won first place in that category.
Several women participated, with Lorraine Overlock, Linda Kennedy, Katherine Cross and Kay Khalvati entering the contest. By popular vote, Lorraine Overlock was chosen the winner, with her delicious date filled sugar cookies (at least as good as our mothers made). She will represent us next month at the Pomona Grange level competition.
In the non-member category, younger bakers were well represented. Tim Hill, a student at Unity College and apprentice this summer at Smithton Farm, excelled with an almond-flavored version of the State Grange Sugar Cookie recipe. Tristan and Acadia Choi delighted us with their creative approaches to embellishing various cookies in the “under 10” category. Their mother, Carrie Choi, not only made cookies for general use and enjoyment, but she earned special congratulations for her new cookie creation, The Almondine. Yummy!
Myrick Cross enthusiastically led the group in a round of applause after ribbons were presented to the participants.
Everyone enjoyed cookies with milk and lemonade for refreshments, and each left with an assortment of cookies for tomorrow.
Jim’s new Grange apron says it all….”Good things are cooking at the Grange”.
We hope to see you soon. For more information contact any member, or MaineStateGrange.org.