In addition to the baking competition, the Holiday Open House will feature performances by comedian Nate Williams, Tania and Tamia Kelley, Mablevale Elementary Drumline, Gloryland Pastor’s Choir, Mablevale Magnet Middle School Dance Team, Horace Mann Magnet Middle School Dance Ensemble, Latavia Franklin and Shereece Manuel aka Shades of Diamondz. The museum will also host a holiday craft-making station for children.
The “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Contest derives its name from Little Rock restaurateur Robert “Say” McIntosh who is known for his popular sweet potato pies. A panel of celebrity judges will select first- and second-place winners in both the amateur and professional categories, and a “People’s Choice” award will be determined by open taste-tasting beginning at 2:30 p.m. The panel of judges will include Power 92 FM’s Broadway Joe, food and travel writer Kat Robinson, Eleanor Lindsey of Lindsey’s Hospitality House, food columnist Pamela Smith and Say McIntosh himself as an honorary judge.
“MTCC welcomes everyone to visit for the Say it Ain’t Say’s pie contest and Holiday Open House,” MTCC Director Christina Shutt said. “This event is truly a community and cultural celebration that incorporates food, art and family.”
Open to the public, MTCC’s Holiday Open House is a free event, though visitors are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the Stop the Violence organization, which was founded by Robert “Say” McIntosh.