On December 9th, Rediscover Martinsville invites you to join them in downtown Martinsville for one of our very favorite events of the year - the Martinsville Cookie Stroll! So, what's the Cookie Stroll all about? Well, it's a day of fun for cookie lovers for sure, but also for those who simply like to explore and enjoy seasonal entertainment. This annual event features dozens of home-baked cookies made by volunteer bakers. Participants who have purchased tickets (available at Berries & Ivy Country Store, while supplies last) will exchange each ticket for an official Cookie Passport on the day of the event. That passport allows them to collect a cookie at each stop along the stroll.
We encourage everyone to pick up a Cookie Passport ticket early - the event is almost always a complete sell-out - but here's why you might consider spending at least part of your Saturday in Martinsville, even if you DON'T have a Cookie Passport. . .
- The Morgan County Farmers Market Association's annual Holiday Market will be held at Keller Hall, adjacent to the Presbyterian Church, from 11 am to 4 pm. Here's where you'll find fun items to fill out your holiday shopping list. All items are handcrafted and made by (or grown by) local or regional vendors.
- Many of the Art Sanctuary's resident artists will also be on hand in their studios offering fine art for sale, which always makes a wonderful gift!
- Enjoy live holiday entertainment upstairs in the Art Sanctuary. Local dance groups, and several musical performers will be on stage throughout the day providing holiday cheer and entertainment.
- Stop in at local shops around the downtown area. Some will have refreshments available (even for non-passport holders) as well as great holiday deals. The Sterling Butterfly features jewelry artist Pam Hurst's unique designs, including Indiana-themed pieces. De Lyn Jewelry features a variety of jewelry and ladies' accessories as well as treasure boxes - available for $5 each (or $20 for five), these boxes each contain a fun surprise gift! Berries and Ivy Country Store features fun home decor, jewelry, textiles and hand-painted gourds. Several other shops will be open as well!
- Live entertainment, including Christmas carolers, can also be found throughout the day at many of the shops and other locations around town that are serving as cookie stops, as well outdoors along the route - all entertainment is free and open to all. (Complete list of entertainment can be found at the end of this post.)
- Pictures with Santa! About Face Pictures will host Santa himself from 11 am to 1 pm. Photos are affordable and the backdrop is holiday perfection! Walk-ins are welcome, but you can pay in advance for a quicker visit. You can also find the jolly old elf at the Holiday Market from 2:00 to 3:30 pm - no professional photographer is on hand, but you are welcome to snap photos during your child's visit with Santa.
- Food! Many of the downtown area's restaurants are also cookie stops, so they will be busy throughout the day and many will host live entertainment as well!
- The Festival of Trees at the Morgan County Public Library. See holiday trees decorated by various local groups, organizations and classes, and vote for your favorite.
- Llamas! Yes - llamas. Pet them, take a llama selfie, simply enjoy these friendly, docile animals. The local 4-H llama club will be on hand with several llamas (and alpacas, too!) for you to meet.
- Candy Canes! It will be Saturday, so you know the Martinsville Candy Kitchen will be cooking up a batch of holiday candy canes (maybe even two!). The magical transformation of boiling liquid into sweet, solid peppermint-flavored holiday cheer is one of Martinsville's favorite Christmas miracles.
- The Annual Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County Gingerbread House Contest entries will be available for viewing at Studio J2 Dance. Vote for your favorites!
- A very large model train display will be open for viewing at Key Bank on Main Street. This cool model train is a 25 year tradition and is open for viewing during the bank's normal hours until December 31, but on Cookie Stroll day, it's often accompanied by live music as well! The train display is courtesy of the Morgan County Model Railroad Association.
- If you have friends with Cookie Passports, you can spend the day with them. . . and, in my experience, they will almost always share at least a couple of their cookies! (If your friends are stingy, there will be free cookies for all at Cookie Stroll Headquarters, inside the Art Sanctuary and Berries & Ivy Country Store will also have some cookies on hand for non-passport holders.)
UPDATE: 2017 Cookie Stroll Passports are currently sold out. In the event that someone does not claim their passport on the morning of the Cookie Stroll, they will be contacted by phone. Any unclaimed passports will be resold, for $20 each, beginning at 12:30 pm at the Art Sanctuary.
2017 Cookie Stroll Entertainment Schedule
|11 am - Noon||Peppermint the Penguin||Art Sanctuary|
|11 am - 4 pm||Girl Scouts Caroling||Downtown Martinsville|
|11 am - 4 pm||Girl Scouts Coat Drive Dropbox||Art Sanctuary|
|11 am - 4 pm||Model Railroad Display||Key Bank|
|11 am - 4 pm||Sonrise Llama 4-H Club||Art Sanctuary|
|11 am - 4 pm||Morgan County Farmers Holiday Market||Keller Hall|
|Noon - 12:30 pm||MHS Madrigals||First Presbyterian Church|
|Noon - 4 pm||J2 Dance Studio &
Children's Ballet Theater (Danville)
|Noon - 3 pm||Martinsville Community Choir
(Practice & Information Booth)
|Noon - 3 pm||Holiday Vendor Saturday||Stir-In Delicious Bakery|
|Noon||Michael Spencer Drum Solo||First Christian Church|
|1 - 2 pm||Peppermint the Penguin||Home Bank|
|1 - 2 pm||Bloomington Classical Guitars||First Presbyterian Church|
|1 - 3 pm||Sugar Grove Sweet Strings||Home Bank|
|1 pm||FCC Handbell Choir||First Christian Church|
|1:30 - 3:30 pm||Santa at Holiday Market (photos welcome)||Keller Hall|
|1:45 pm||Joohee Lee on Pipe Organ||First Christian Church|
|2 pm||Seth Lee on Piano||First Christian Church|
|2 pm||FCC Handbell Quartet||Maxwell's Art Gallery|
|2:30 pm||FCC Dulcimer Trio||First Christian Church|
|2:30 pm||Peppermint the Penguin at Holiday Market||Keller Hall|