Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sweet History

The annual Holiday Gingerbread Village is just around the corner!

Experience the enchantment of winter as you view architectural masterpieces made entirely of gingerbread! The annual Holiday Gingerbread Village is a gingerbread house competition featuring confectionary replicas of historic structures in the CSRA. Delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations created by some of the area’s most talented bakers.

The annual event begins with the Holiday Gingerbread Village Preview Party, the official kick off to Augusta's holiday social season. The party, on Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 at the Museum, includes an open bar, incredible food, silent auction of gingerbread houses, raffle, and musical entertainment. The don’t miss event of the year!

This year’s competition will include expanded judging categories and great prizes! Five awards will be handed out – Grand Prize, Second Place, Third Place, Most Artistic, and People’s Choice. Cash prizes will be awarded by guest judges, Mr. Anthony Fernandez, Executive Pastry Chef, Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation; Architect Mr. Al Cheatham; Historian Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell; and Local Artist, Ms. Kathy Engler as follows:

Grand Prize - $1,000 cash!
Second Place - $750
Third Place - $500
Most Artistic - $250
People’s Choice - $250

Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 30, each historic-themed gingerbread house will be available through silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the programs of Augusta Museum of History. Bid on your chance to take one of these delectable masterpieces home during the Silent Auction. Strolling through the competition is a sure way to be swept up in the holiday spirit! And be sure to come by and cast your vote for People’s Choice! Free admission to view the display!

On Saturday, November 22 bring the entire family by the Museum for Gingerbread Family Fun Day, a day of crafts, tours, movies andthe opportunity for families to view the Gingerbread Village. Free with regular paid Museum admisison.

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