'Flat Frosties' are showing up all around Boonsboro

December 09, 2011|By CALEB CALHOUN |
  • A two-dimensional snowman decorated by Boonsboro High School photo class hangs from a light pole in the town. The flat Frosty is made of corrugated plastic.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

Boonsboro resident Jeanette Richmond was staring at a snowman cutout Friday morning decorated by a local business, Country Zen Massage Studio.

"This is wonderful; it shows our Christmas spirit," she said. "I think we need to do more of it."

The snowman cutout — called a "Flat Frostie" — is one of many that have been placed along Main Street and Potomac Street in Boonsboro as part of its inaugural Holiday Hellos from Flat Frosties celebration.

Groups and businesses in Boonsboro can buy Flat Frosties that are 4 feet tall for $10 and put them on display, according to a flyer on the Town of Boonsboro's website,

Residents can also buy Flat Frosties that are 2 feet tall for $4 and put them on display outside their homes.

"All of them (the Flat Frosties on display) are good," Richmond said. "This shows that we all care about our community."

In addition to the celebration, residents can also take part in a scavenger hunt. They can find out who made what Flat Frostie for one point each and visit select retail businesses taking part in the celebration for two points each.

The deadline to complete the scavenger hunt and turn in the flyer is Monday 12 at 6 p.m. The 35 most successful participants will be rewarded with gifts valued up to $100.

"Things like this kind of bring the community together," Boonsboro resident Pam Rutherford said. "The residents are all talking about it."

Residents can also take part in two separate contests, involving picking the best Flat Frostie among groups and businesses, and picking the best one decorated by residents. Prizes for the winners have not been announced yet.

The Flat Frosties celebration was organized by the Women In Networking Community in Boonsboro.

Jennifer Guenther, co-owner of Boonsboro business Enkore Kids and a member of the organization, helped come up with the idea. She said that almost 50 Flat Frosties have already been sold.

"This being our first year, that's just an outstanding turnout," she said. "It shows the holiday and community spirit of the Town of Boonsboro."

Turn the Page Bookstore in Boonsboro took part in the contest. Store  Manager Janeen Solberg said that she and other workers decorated their Flat Frostie wearing pages and holding a book.

"We made sort of a vintage look," she said. "We took some pages of a book and sort of distressed them, created a vest and put some vintage reading glasses in the pocket, and a cover of a book."

The book was "The Next Always" by Nora Roberts, which is set in Boonsboro and was released on Nov. 1. Solberg said the book and the involvement in the contests are examples of how residents can participate in the community.

"It's time for us as a community to come together," she said. "Shopping local is something that is important for the community."

Each business and resident that decorated a Flat Frostie can post a photo of it on the town's Facebook page, The best Flat Frostie will be determined by which photo gets the most likes.

The Flat Frosties can be bought from Amelia's Attic, Enkore Kids, Rayco Signs, Turn the Page Bookstore, Studio 3, A Cut Above, or Country Zen.

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