Berkshiremuseum Press Release
For Immediate Release: October 29, 2012
Media contact: Jennibeth Gomez, Digital Media Marketing Manager
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Berkshire Museum holds Holiday Cookie Contest
As part of Festival of Trees Family Day and author Gina Hyams’ release of Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box

[Pittsfield, Mass.] – ’Tis the season for bakers – so get your oven mitts on, baking sheets prepped, and cookie cutters out of storage, and visit Berkshire Museum on Saturday, December 8 for a festive cookie bake-off, as part of the release of author Gina Hyams’ book & kit, Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box: Everything You Need to Host a Christmas Cookie Contest.

As part of the Festival of Trees Family Day, Hyams will hold the cookie contest, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Participating contestants will bake four dozen of their favorite holiday cookies to enter and Museum visitors will vote for their favorite cookie. Three People’s Choice Awards will be given; winners will receive a free family membership to the Museum plus a signed copy of Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box (Andrews McMeel Publishing). The event is free with Museum admission. To participate in the cookie contest, contact Craig Langlois at or 413.443.7171 ext. 13 with your contact information and what kind of cookie you will be making.

Christmas Cookie Contest in a Box enables aspiring bakers, die-hard cookie lovers, and anyone who adores holiday festivities to have an innovative experience. Whether it’s for the office Christmas party, a holiday gathering, or a way to join the in-laws, a fun and competitive time is guaranteed with the kit, which provides all the essentials for a cookie contest: a handbook, 5 judge badges, prize ribbons (1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, and People’s Choice), 12 table tents, and scorecards. These items allow you to take the classic Christmas cookie exchange to a whole new level of friendly competition. The book also includes an assortment of recipes and tips from passionate bakers, including magazine contributors from Bon Appetit, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and

About the Author
Gina Hyams is an author and editor who specializes in mysterious and confounding subjects. She has published several books on family, traditions, travel, cooking, and the arts. Her cooking contest in a box series includes kits for chili, pie, and Christmas cookies. She lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts with her husband, teenage daughter, and dog named Goose. Find her online at

About Berkshire Museum
Berkshire Museum located at 39 South Street (Route 7) in Pittsfield, MA. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. For more information, visit or call 413.443.7171. Museum admission is $13 for adults and $6 for children under 18. Members and children aged three and under enjoy free admission.

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