Archive for Tuesday, December 5, 2000

Festival’s houses are tasty treats

December 5, 2000

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The Eldridge Hotel has houses good enough to eat.

More than 180 confectionery architects entered houses in the hotel's seventh annual Gingerbread Festival this year. Tonight, the public will have a chance to buy the edible homes at an auction to benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Douglas County.

Individuals and groups ranging from Pinckney School students to Munchers Bakery crafted the gingerbread and graham-cracker creations, using marshmallows, pretzels and breakfast cereals to decorate them.

"We stipulate that everything has to be edible for people to be creative," Big Brothers/Big Sisters public relations director Todd Moore said. "You'd never think to use cookies for a path."

About 60 people stopped by the Eldridge to view the holiday houses before tonight's auction at 7 p.m. Viewing, which costs $1, continues today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moore said he is impressed with the work and motivation.

"One child wrote us a note saying, 'I just want to help children who don't have someone in their life,'" he said. "Every one is put together with love."

Entries were divided into two divisions: graham cracker and gingerbread. The graham-cracker division also had three age groups for children and teens to compete in. The winner from each group will receive a $50 savings bond.

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

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