Six children worked very hard during the month of November to produce a Treasure Time Christmas Program, with Lee Drescher at Falmouth Community Television (FCTV). The name of the program is A Baker’s Dozen and will run for the month of December and maybe into January. You can watch for it on Falmouth, MA local channel 13.

A Baker’s Dozen, based on a folk tale from Albany, New York, is about a baker who never gave any more or less to his customers than the exact amount. That is, until one day a mysterious lady in black appeared and expected to receive thirteen Saint Nicholas cookies instead of twelve. Because the baker would not give any more, business declined, and he grew poor. Just before the following Christmas, Saint Nicholas appeared in a dream and talked about being generous. The same mysterious lady came back, and this time the baker conceded and gave her an extra cookie to make thirteen. Thus the term “a baker’s dozen” was coined.

After Mrs.Treasure reads the story, a skit is performed by kids ranging in age from six to thirteen. The baker is Nicholas Dreyer. His sister, Caroline, has the part of Mrs. Miller as well as the Mysterious Lady in Black. Emery O’Keefe from Bourne also has two parts, one as Hans and the other as Tony, the band leader. Kelsey Crowley is Greta, one of the children who comes and asks for cookies after school. Two boys from the FCTV youth class also have parts in the skit. Nate O’Brien is St. Nicholas and Mattie O’Brien is Mr. Kraut. Manning the camera were two volunteers, Gunar Kinat and Elliot Pribillla, a youth producer, while Kevin Lynch assumed the role of head producer. The show concludes with thirteen verses of Twelve Days of Christmas, with the thirteenth verse being “thirteen bakers baking.”


Ms. Drescher founded Treasure Time Productions, which is a non profit organization promoting literacy through the arts. Currently she serves eight Head Start Centers in Boston. She taught afterschool drama for seven years at KC Coombs School in Mashpee, and has also done projects with Buzzards Play Productions in Wareham.