Thanksgiving Weekend Project: Gingerbread creation for Arboretum fundraiser

Magic Shop at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Magic Shop at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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Are you looking for family entertainment for this year’s Thanksgiving weekend?  Consider taking part in a venerable Morris County holiday tradition: Bake, assemble and decorate a gingerbread house.

DEAL ME IN at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
DEAL ME IN at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

This can be a charitable project as well.  By submitting your creation to Gingerbread Wonderland 2017 you help raise money to support the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.  After the show, you can bring it home, or leave it to be donated to a seniors center.

Nov. 22, 2017 — the Wednesday before Thanksgiving– is the last day to register, assuming the maximum of 200 entries hasn’t been reached.  Note: Structures made from commercial kits will not be accepted.

The gingerbread scenes must be delivered to the arboretum after Thanksgiving:  Tuesday, Nov. 28, or Wednesday, Nov. 29, between 8 am and 7 pm.

Display dates: Friday, Dec. 1 – Sunday, Dec. 10. Times: 10 am – 4:30 pm daily, Fridays until 7:30 pm.  You can expect 13,000 guests to view your creation(s).

Creating a Gingerbread Scene

  1. Fill out the Entry Brochure. Entries can be in any one of six categories: Adult, Family, Children, School, Scout and Special Needs.
  2. Download the Gingerbread Recipe – Family and Adult entries must include a gingerbread structure.
  3. Consult a book on gingerbread construction from the Morris County Library system.  (Or print out a pattern from the Internet.) Our local library has 11 books, Morris County library has 15 books, and there are several dozen more you can request be sent to the Town/Township library for pickup. See tables below.
  4. Supplies can be procured at Michaels Craft Store, Candyland Crafts, Walmart, supermarkets and online.
Gingerbread Nativity, at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Gingerbread Nativity, at the 2016 Gingerbread Wonderland. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

At the Morristown & Morris Township Library 

  1 Author: Gunter, Veronika Alice.  
  Title: Making gingerbread houses : dozens of delectable designs & ideas / Veronika Alice Gunter.  
  ISBN: 1579905064 (Paperback)  
  Control Number: 509294  
  Copies in all libraries: 8  
  2 Other Author: Bragdon, Allen D.
  Title: The Gingerbread book / edited by Allen D. Bragdon.
  ISBN: 0916410080
  Control Number: 163521
  Copies in all libraries: 3

 

At the Morris County Library

1 Author: Beddall, Catherine, author.
Title: The magic of gingerbread : 16 beautiful projects to make and eat / written and photographed by Catherine Beddall.
ISBN: 9781441319807, 1441319808
Control Number: 1002090
Copies in all libraries: 9
2 Author: Stellingwerf, Steven.
Title: The gingerbread book / Steven Stellingwerf.
ISBN: 0847814149
Control Number: 222046
Copies in all libraries: 3
3 Author: Jarrett, Lauren.
Title: Making & baking gingerbread houses / written and illustrated by Lauren Jarrett & Nancy Nagle.
ISBN: 0517555980 (pbk.)
Copies in all libraries: 1
4 Author: Williams, Vera B.
Title: It’s a gingerbread house : bake it, build it, eat it! / Vera B. Williams.
ISBN: 0688801536, 0688841538
Control Number 86072
Copies in all libraries 2

 

Elsewhere in the County System

1 Author: Anderson, Lisa Turner.
Title: No-bake gingerbread houses for kids / Lisa Turner Anderson ; photographs by Zac Williams.
ISBN: 9781423605904

142360590X

Control Number: 728721
Copies in all libraries: 9
2 Author: Currie, Christa.
Title: Gingerbread houses : a complete guide to baking, building, and decorating / Christa Currie ; illustrated by Patti Falzarano.
ISBN: 0385472676
Control Number: 275744
Copies in all libraries: 6
3 Author: Samuell, Kristine, author.
Title: A year of gingerbread houses : making & decorating gingerbread houses for all seasons / Kristine Samuell.
ISBN: 9781454708919, 1454708913
Copies in all libraries: 7
4 Author: Morgan, Aaron.
Title: Making great gingerbread houses : delicious designs from cabins to castles, from lighthouses to tree houses / Aaron Morgan, Paige Gilchrist.
ISBN: 1579901360 (hardcover)
Control Number: 373330
Copies in all libraries: 10
5 Author: Farrow, Joanna.
Title: Gingerbread : houses, animals and decorations / Joanna Farrow.
ISBN: 0754816923
Copies in all libraries: 2
6 Author: Cargas, Nonnie.
Title: Gingerbread houses : baking and building memories / Nonnie Cargas.
ISBN: 0873417119
Control Number: 385222
Copies in all libraries: 2
7 Author: Rigg, Annie.
Title: Decorated gingerbread / Annie Rigg ; photograpy by Tara Fisher.
ISBN: 9781849751896
Control Number: 771022
Copies in all libraries: 1
  Author: Lorini, Andrea, author.
Title: Gingerbread man house / text by Andrea Lorini ; illustrations by Roberta Pagnoni, Laura Rigo.
ISBN: 9780764167843 0764167847
Control Number: 951200
Copies in all libraries: 1
8 Author: Banner, Christina.
Title: How to build a gingerbread house : a step-by-step guide to sweet results / Christina Banner.
ISBN: 9780981580609

0981580602

9780981580616

0981580610

Control Number: 962055
Copies in all libraries: 3
9 Author: Matheson, Susan.
Title: The gingerbread architect : recipes and blueprints for twelve classic American homes / Susan Matheson and Lauren Chattman ; photographs by Alexandra Grablewski.
ISBN: 9780307406781 (hbk.)

0307406784 (hbk.)

Control Number: 663354
Copies in all libraries: 2
10 Author: Farrow, Joanna.
Title: Gingerbread : 24 inspirational houses and decorative gifts to make / Joanna Farrow ; photographs by Michelle Garrett.
Other Title: 24 inspirational houses and decorative gifts to make
ISBN: 1859674917
Control Number: 334952
Copies in all libraries: 2
11 Author: Layman, Teresa.
Title: Gingerbread for all seasons / by Teresa Layman ; photographs by Randy O’Rourke.
ISBN: 0810933950 (hardcover)
Control Number: 325531
Copies in all libraries: 3
12 Author: Massingham, Rhonda, 1959-
Title: Making gingerbread houses / Rhonda Massingham Hart.
ISBN: 088266493X (alk. paper)
Control Number: 332373
Copies in all libraries: 1
13 Author: Layman, Teresa.
Title: Gingerbread : things to make and bake / by Teresa Layman and Barbara Morgenroth ; photography by Randy O’Rourke.
ISBN: 0810933675
Control Number: 238896
Copies in all libraries: 2

 

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