Gingerbread House Party held at Windsor Locks Public Library

By Lisa Stone - ReminderNews
Windsor Locks - posted Mon., Dec. 23, 2013
Devin Hernandez puts the finishing touches on his gingerbread house. Photos by Lisa Stone.
Devin Hernandez puts the finishing touches on his gingerbread house. Photos by Lisa Stone.

The seventh annual Gingerbread House Party was held at the Windsor Locks Public Library on Dec. 14. The snow was falling, but the participants’ spirits were high. “This is a very popular event,” said youth services librarian Kristin Raiche. “The library provides all the materials and goodies. All that the children need to bring with them is their creativity.”

“The turnout for this year’s party was larger than previous years. The library provides many free programs throughout the year,” said Raiche. “We encourage family activities and we always seem to have a great response.”

With several tables set up for gingerbread creation, children of all ages began their task. They were given an empty milk carton as the main structure and graham crackers for the walls of the house. Frosting was the glue and gum drops and other candy would serve as the decorations. Children would sample the building materials as they worked through their construction.

LeeAnn Hernandez brought her children - Devin, Veronica and Athena - to the party. “This is the first time that we came to this event,” said Hernandez. “When I told the kids about it, they were really excited and couldn’t wait to come.”

Devin was concentrating on his holiday creation. “This is so much fun,” said Devin. When asked if he was going to save the gingerbread house for Christmas, he replied, “I can’t wait to bring it home and eat it.”

Kris Apgar and her two children, Beth and Josh, were working diligently on their gingerbread houses. “This is Josh’s fourth year and Beth’s second year for the gingerbread house party,” said Apgar. “The kids always have so much fun with this and they look forward to it.”

A mother and daughter team created a candy-coated gingerbread house that was sure to be a showpiece. Melissa Maichack helped her daughter, Iliana, put the final touches on the gum drop roof. “It is so good of the library to have free stuff for families to do,” said Maichack. “This is a great way to get kids to interact with other kids and have fun doing it.”

“This is a great thing to do on a snowy day,” said Dan Walsh. “I brought my two sons with me for some father and son bonding time. This seems to be a great way to celebrate the holiday and have family time.”

Sons Kevin and Owen took their project seriously. “This is really fun and I can’t wait to eat it tonight,” said Kevin.

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