History Center’s 25th Festival of Gingerbread to begin

This year’s Silver Anniversary festival begins on November 26 and runs through December 12.

A special preview party will be held on November 23. Reservations are $20 per person and can be made by calling Stephanie Essex, events coordinator, at 426.2882 ext 308.

On “Lighting Night”, November 24, visitors can get a sneak peek at the handiwork of creators from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is only $2 a person at the door for “Lighting Night”. At 6 p.m. that evening the History Center’s turret will be lit with special holiday colors of red and green.

The dazzling reflection of silver encompassed with the gingerbread houses will reflect the Silver Anniversary theme of the Festival which has as its title sponsor Lutheran Health Network. A special category has been created for this Silver Anniversary.

The Festival has grown to include over 100 creations designed and made by entrants from the lower elementary grades to professional culinary artists who vie to win prizes in the multiple levels of entries.

All ages and all levels of ability create the over 100 gingerbread houses that are judged and awarded prizes at the start of the Festival. Families, individuals, school, community and business groups, and professionals all are eligible to enter to win prizes in various categories.

Special holiday exhibits during the Festival will  include a Wolf and Dessauer display of animatronic characters, an exhibit of “A Christmas Carol” watercolors that once adorned the Patterson Fletcher Department Store; and a display of holiday photos from years past.

A variety of special events will occur during the Festival of Gingerbread:

Saturday, November 27, 1-3 p.m., Create Your Own Ornament.

Sunday, November 28, 1-3 p.m., Holiday Storytelling.

Tuesday, November 30, 5-9 p.m., Free Night  sponsored by AEP Indiana-Michigan Power.

Saturday, December 4, 1-3 p.m., Visit with Santa Claus.

Sunday, December 5, 1-3 p.m., “History of Holiday Traditions in Different Cultures” lecture by Sara Gabbard.

Saturday, December 11, 1-3 p.m., Science of Sugary Structures, $3 per person, sponsored by PNC Bank and Science Central.

Sunday, December 12, 1-3 p.m., Cookie Decorating Party, $1 per person.

Stay current on these events by visiting the History Center’s Facebook page or website at www.fwhistorycenter.com.

Hours during the Festival of Gingerbread are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. The History Center will be closed Thanksgiving Day.

Admission is $5 adults, $3 seniors and students, and free to children age five and under. There is no extra charge for special activities or events unless indicated. School or private groups can receive a discounted rate by scheduling in advance.  Call Leanna Harney, education coordinator, at  426.2882 x309.

The History Center is located at 302 East Berry Street, Fort Wayne, Indiana. For more information, visit www.fwhistorycenter.com, or call 426-2882.

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