Cupcake event a nod to the Bard

Jaffrey: 9th Annual The Night of 1,000 Cupcakes

Almost a decade ago when the Jaffrey Civic Center came together to devise a plan to draw the community together under its roof, Lajla LeBlanc came up with the idea for what is now the center’s signature event: “The Night of 1,000 Cupcakes.”

“We love that the night brings people of different ages from all over the area together. It’s not just an event for eating dessert, its really creative,” said LeBlanc in a recent interview. LeBlanc, a former Hancock resident, drives up from her home in Salem, Mass., each year for the event. “The community support is so important. It’s good for the region and good for families. The Civic Center is a source everyone should know about.”

To commemorate William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Jaffrey Civic Center’s 9th Annual Night of a 1,000 Cupcakes will carry the theme “Get Thee to a Cupcake!” on Thursday, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

“This year we have a theme for the first time, we are very excited about it,” said Civic Center Director Dion Owens.

To follow the theme, the categories for cupcake judging are: Most Romeo and Juliet, Best Hamlet, Sweetest Puck, Most Colorful Court Jester, Most Romantic, Most Queen Elizabeth, Best As You Like It, Best Comedy of Errors, Most Elegant and Most Tempestuous. Anyone who would like to bake cupcakes for eating or judging needs to contact Dion Owens in advance.

“I always enjoy the fact that people come who have never been to the Civic Center, but live right here in Jaffrey. We want people to come and visit us when there aren’t free cupcakes,” laughed Owens.

Aside from lots of cupcakes, water, lemonade and wine, there will be dancing to live music by Hot Mustard, short acting performances by the Project Shakespeare players, selling of raffle tickets for both a 52” x 52” cupcake quilt by members of the Monadnock Quilters’ Guild and a beautiful cupcake-themed painting by Deb Pero. Raffle tickets will be $5 a piece.

The Jaffrey contingency of the Quilters’ Guild, made up of Peggy Ueda, Nancy Lloyd, Theresa Marshall, Kassie Eichorn, and Sally Graf, are responsible for crafting the cupcake quilt.

“There are 120 to 150 volunteers that come together to make this day happen. We could not do any of this without them,” said Owens.

As always, there will be face painting, cupcake T-shirts for sale, and bidding on professionally baked cupcakes. The event will take place rain or shine, and the Civic Center asks that pets be left at home.

Dylan Fisher can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235, or dfisher@ledgertranscript.com.

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