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COOKIES IN A COOL SETTING The Marietta Museum of Art & Whimsy is on the North Tamiami Trail in Sarasota. Photo by Norman Schimmel MUSEUM OF ART & WHIMSY PROVES THE PERFECT PLACE FOR A HOLIDAY COOKIE PARTY By Harriet Cuthbert Contributing Writer I attended Mary's Cookie Party recently and I It was a stunning Sarasota day for the party. had a marvelous time. As soon as I stepped out of my car, holding onto my home-baked snickerdoodles and my Mary is Marietta Lee, owner, primary decofood donation, I was "greeted" by three huge rator and curator of the Marietta Museum of yellow giraffes. They were metal sculptures, Art & Whimsy on the North Tamiami Trail in and their sunshine color immediately put a Sarasota, which was the location of the party. smile on my face and set the tone for Mary's The invitation came to those of us who volparty. unteer at the Sarasota Visitors Center — one more joy added to the list of many in our work We walked in through the front entrance of — and it said, "Bring cookies to share and the museum, where one of Mary's friendly cans to donate to the All Faiths Food Bank." helpers placed our food donations under a This was a fairly simple and potentially satis- beautifully decorated tree and then ushered fying request. us to the outdoor area in back. I will confess

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