Why You Need A Gingerbread House

The Family Place's 15th Gingerbread Festival Returns

You are not ready for winter. What you need is to build, see, buy, or snack on a gingerbread house. It's great if you have stacked your wood and already made that appointment to mount your snow tires. But it's the spirit that needs some attention in the cold and dark. Spicy aromas and holiday architecture with roofs of frosting can fill the bill.

Mark your calendars for The Family Place's 15th Annual Gingerbread Festival, to be held on Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tracy Hall in Norwich, VT. It is a festival to usher in the winter holidays, and will feature a display of over 80 gingerbread houses.

Activities include a silent auction where you can bid on whichever gingerbread house wants to come home with you, a boutique with crafts and other items, a cafe serving lunch, a demonstration on how to build a gingerbread house, cookie decorating and special activities for kids. If you would like to build and donate a gingerbread house, it may not be too late. The Family Place states that each year there are professional and first-time bakers and everyone in between. A donation form with specifications can be found by clicking here. It is particularly appealing that The Family Place prefers that "the houses be all edible except for the bases and lights." Not hungry? Think of delivering one of these to a friend as an early holiday gift.

The Family Place was founded in 1985 and has continued to offer much needed support to children and families in the Upper Valley. Among the many services it provides are a child care center, coordination of early intervention services for children with developmental delays, parenting education programs and workshops, and distribution of Welcome Baby bags.

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All proceeds from the Gingerbread Festival will benefit The Family Place. Admission is $5 per person, or $10 per family. (Photos courtesy of The Family Place)


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