Gingerbread houses a tradition in South Windsor

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Nov. 30, 2011
Bonnie Grover organized the Wood Memorial Library's first Festival of Gingerbread Houses, on display at the library through Dec. 15. She is seen here with the St. Moritz Bakery in Greenwich, Conn. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Bonnie Grover organized the Wood Memorial Library's first Festival of Gingerbread Houses, on display at the library through Dec. 15. She is seen here with the St. Moritz Bakery in Greenwich, Conn. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The Wood Memorial Library is showcasing gingerbread houses this holiday season. For the 19th year, Lynda Jones hosted gingerbread house workshops, held on Saturday, Nov. 26. Families have found this to be a great addition to their holiday traditions.

“I’ve got it down to a science,” said Jones. She uses orange juice cartons as the forms for the houses and graham crackers in place of homemade gingerbread.

“This is our tradition,” said Karen Kasheta, who has been coming with her children for three years. Kasheta learns new tips every year, such as using cotton candy as "smoke" coming out of the chimney.

This year also features the first Festival of Gingerbread, organized by Bonnie Grover. “I had a vision,” said Grover. “This venue is a natural.” With a background in window-dressing, she transformed the library itself into a showcase for the 50 gingerbread houses.

Bakeries and families alike have submitted entries into the gingerbread festival, which are on display during library hours, Monday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., until Dec. 15. There will also be a special open house and bake sale on Sunday, Dec. 4, from noon to 5 p.m.

The gingerbread houses will be auctioned off at a tea cup auction to be held on Dec. 15, after the children’s holiday story hour, which begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit the website at woodmemoriallibrary.org or call the library at 860-289-1783. Wood Memorial Library is located at 783 Main St., in South Windsor.


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