Kids decorate tasty gingerbread houses

By Jennifer Coe - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Wed., Dec. 11, 2013
Victoria works hard on her gingerbread house. Kent Memorial Library held a gingerbread party on Saturday, Dec. 7.  This event was free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Photos by Jennifer Coe.
Victoria works hard on her gingerbread house. Kent Memorial Library held a gingerbread party on Saturday, Dec. 7. This event was free and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Photos by Jennifer Coe.

A whole city of gingerbread people had brand new houses made for them on Dec. 7 at Kent Memorial Library. About 35 children came ready to get messy at the library’s annual Gingerbread House Party.

“We have been doing this for years,” said staff member Diane Morse. “For some of the families, it’s like a tradition. It’s really a disappointment when they don’t get in,” she said, referring to the limited space the library has to host events in its activity room.

Children were piled in at long tables draped in tablecloths and covered in the makings of amazing gingerbread houses. Gum drops, candy canes, sugar icing and colored fondant were the supplies used to assemble and decorate each unique house.

As children pasted on colored candies, they would sneak a bite, or two or three, of the tasty treats.

This free event was sponsored by the Friends of the Library, who just happened to be down the hall organizing their monthly book donation.

“We pay for many events,” said Ruth Zimmerman, Friends’ treasurer. “About $12,000 worth of programming,” she said. The group's biggest fundraiser is the annual book sale at the end of the summer, which usually brings in about $15,000.

In fact, the programs which are paid for by the Friends of the Library are unmatched in the town as far as scope and interest. “It’s a continuation to what we feel the library is – a community resource,” said Friends member Beth Chafetz.

“It’s a resource that is available to [families] that is not available otherwise,” said Zimmerman.

The children in the activity room may not have realized how it came to be that they were given free gingerbread kits, but the significance of their smiles was not lost on Zimmerman. “It means a lot to parents,” she said. “There’s not much to do that’s free.”


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