11-6-13katycookies-cover2Cookies for Compassion, Reindog Parade, Carolers, Living Nativity

by Eva Potter

It’s Christmas Stroll in Ellicottville all day on Saturday, Dec. 7. Pack up the family, and don’t forget your dog, and head to the village for some holiday festivities, shopping and feasting.

Katy’s Cookies for Compassion

Katy’s Cookies for Compassion is back for its second year, so be sure to stop at Katy’s Café at 10 Washington Street during the Christmas Stroll so you don’t miss out on all the fun!

Katy’s Cookies for Compassion, was started last year as a way for Katy’s Café owner, Katy Arena, to give back to the community. When you stop in with a cash donation, Katy will send you home with a delicious bag of freshly baked sugar cookies to thank you.

“One hundred percent of the donations we receive will go to Family Support for Ellicottville,” Arena explained.

Family Support for Ellicottville pledges to keep 100 percent of all monies donated in the Ellicottville community. It is also a 501(c) (3) charitable foundation, so your donation is tax deductible. This year, your support will help 100-plus recipients! It’s a wonderful way to give back to your community.

Katy’s is a fun stop along EVL’s main drag any day, but especially at Christmastime and especially during the annual Christmas Stroll.

“During the Christmas Stroll, visitors can stop in to the cafe to visit with Mrs. Claus,” said Arena. “Stay a while, get your picture taken, and relax with some cookies.”

If you can’t make it on Saturday, plan to go another day in the next couple weeks.

“People can stop in any time we’re open and make a donation,” said Arena. Katy’s Café is open daily for breakfast and lunch.

Stop into this wonderful, festively decorated café, and enjoy some delectable cookies while helping a great local organization help others! If you have questions, please call Katy at (716) 699-8860 or email katyscafe@yahoo.com.

Time to Hit the Sidewalks

After you belly is full of cookies, you’ll be ready to experience everything else the Christmas Stroll has to offer!

Besides wrapping up your holiday shopping at Ellicottville’s fabulous shops, you can experience some good, old-fashioned family fun!

Want to see some animals? How about a live camel roaming the sidewalk? Bring your dog and enter him or her in the Reindog Parade beginning at 4:30 p.m. that heads down Washington Street. (Yes, this involves wearing antlers.)

Other fun activities include the Christmas Bazaar at the United Church on Elizabeth Street, Santa’s arrival at 4 p.m. at The Barn restaurant, carolers wandering the streets, and, of course, the grand finale — the Living Nativity at the Village Gazebo at 6 p.m. See the complete schedule on the front page.

Pack up your kids, your significant other, your friends, or come alone, and head into town on Saturday for a holiday experience you won’t soon forget!