Archive for Tuesday, December 5, 2000

Festival’s houses are tasty treats

December 5, 2000


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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