Holiday Open House features 4th annual “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest

Mosaic Templars Cultural Center - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Little Rock, Ark. (Nov. 24, 2015) --- Mosaic Templars Cultural Center will celebrate the holiday season with its annual Open House, featuring the 4th annual “Say it Ain’t Say’s” Sweet Potato Pie Contest, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6.

In addition to the baking competition, the Open House event will feature performances by the Horace Mann Magnet Middle School Dance Ensemble, The Lorenzo Smith Band Camp, as well as the Gloryland Pastor’s Choir. 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 1st and 2nd 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 judges’ panel will include Power 92 FM’s Broadway Joe, food and travel writer Kat Robinson, AY magazine food columnist Pamela Smith, and Kelli Marks, owner of Sweet Love Bakery.

“The Say it Ain’t Say’s contest is one of MTCC’s signature events. It’s a celebration of not only African American holiday traditions, but Southern cuisine. An afternoon filled with music, decadent homemade sweet potato pies and a holiday craft-station for children – it’s the perfect holiday celebration,” said MTCC Director Sericia Cole.

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. For more information, please call 501-683-3593 or visit

The Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, a museum of the Department of Arkansas Heritage, is celebrating five years of communicating the history of African Americans in Arkansas from 1870 to the present, especially in the areas of politics, business and the arts. Other agencies of the Department of Arkansas Heritage include Arkansas Arts Council, Arkansas Historic Preservation, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Delta Cultural Center, Historic Arkansas Museum and Old State House Museum.


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