HOUGHTON -- In anticipation of their 5th Annual Gingerbread Village display, Carnegie Museum staff are busy unpacking Gingerbread Houses. They invite the public to create edible buildings to add to the museum's festive display.
"Our contest last year was so successful that we decided to make it an annual event too," says Elise Nelson, Carnegie Museum director. "All New Creations will be awarded a prize in one of many different categories."
Want some company while you work? Gather some friends and come to the Museum during any of their open hours, or come to one of the Gingerbread Building Workshops -- from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, or from noon to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 13.
"Bring one of your own creations, build one with us, or just help with the repair and maintenance of our Playhouse!" adds Nelson. "We will have plain houses in need of decoration, some frosting 'glue,' and bits of candy and pretzels, etc. Additional graham crackers and confections to share are always welcome."
All abilities and ages are encouraged, but children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Carnegie Museum will hold their Annual Holiday Open House from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, with Storytime by Chris Alquist, Portage Lake District Librarian, and with a Visit from Santa from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Contest winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded. Refreshments will include snacks and hot chocolate. The completed gingerbread houses will be on display including the walk-through playhouse.
So, put on an apron and start baking, or bring some friends and some fixings and work at the Museum. All entries must be brought to the museum by 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 15. For more information, including a good recipe for the "glue," please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 482-7140.
Even if you are unable to make a something for this year, you are welcome to stop by to view the exhibit -- and perhaps be inspired for next year!
The Carnegie Museum is at 105 Huron Street, Houghton. Regular Hours are Tuesday and Thursday, noon - 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon - 4 p.m. Special for the holidays: Open noon - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Closed: Saturday, Dec. 24, and Saturday, Dec. 31.
Also currently showing: "We Have To Go Out: The History of the Life-Saving Service of the Keweenaw," "Remember Me: Letters and Photos from World War II Soldiers to a Laurium Barkeep," "The Golden Anniversary of the Portage Lift Bridge" and "Building Bridges."
Images of Gingerbread House and Santa courtesy Carnegie Museum.