Cookie Express offers variety of baked goods along with craft

Published 8:21 pm Tuesday, December 12, 2017


Cookie Express doesn’t quite tell the complete story — for there will be more than cookies available at Washington’s First Christian Church on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

To be sure, there will be plenty of cookies to choose from — along with breads, pies, candy and other homemade treats. Tables will be covered with the delectable offerings. Customers who arrive just before 2 p.m. may find nothing but crumbs left, so it pays to show up early.

As they enter the sales area, customers are given a box or boxes and plastic, food-service gloves with which to grab cookies and other goodies. The boxes are weighed as customers leave, with the price for items at $8 a pound.

This year, Miriam Roberson — the “gingerbread lady” — and Brenda Mitchell are the chief organizers of one of the church’s major fundraisers. Money raised by Cookie Express goes to a local charity, denominational missions and global missions.

“We use it in the community, for missions. We put in back in the community in some fashion. Sometimes it’s for floods or hurricanes or something like that. We don’t say exactly what we’re going to do until we raise the money. We always say it’s going to go back to the community,” Roberson said.

Roberson described some of the items available at Cookie Express. “We’ll have parched peanuts. We’ll have cheese straws. We are famous for our cheese straws. We’ll have plenty of cheese straws. We’ll have gingerbread people. We’ll have items wrapped up, ready to give. We’ll have a little country store,” Roberson said.

Lunch — two varieties of soup (vegetable and taco), sandwiches and Clyde Roberson’s World Famous Clam Chowder — will be available at Cookie Express. The clam chowder got its acclaim when it was sold at the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and North Carolina Decoy Carving Championships.

In recent days, Roberson said, church members, including her, have been busy preparing for Cookie Express. Those preparations, along with planning the event and decorating for it, keep church members occupied in the days leading up to Cookie Express.

First Christian Church’s Cookie Express will run Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to come as early as possible. First Christian Church is located at 307 E. Third St., Washington.



About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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