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Sweet talents displayed at GMP gingerbread contest



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The winner of the General Category was Lisa Merrill and Elizabeth Rodenburg. (Photo by Erin Plummer) (click for larger version)
December 09, 2021
MEREDITH — An array of colorful gingerbread houses and a few specially decorated trees went on display at the Meredith Community Center for the Greater Meredith Program's first ever Gingerbread Decorating Contest with help from Meredith Altrusa.

On Saturday, the GMP Promotions Committee put together a holiday event showcasing gingerbread house and were joined by some special Christmas trees from Meredith Altrusa.

A total of 22 contestants entered gingerbread houses, dropping them off at the community center on Friday night where they were displayed all day Saturday.

Visitors came in throughout the day to look at all the entries and judges decided the winners in four different categories.

The winner of the General Category was Lisa Merrill and Elizabeth Rodenburg for their lakeside house with stone siding, a poured sugar pond and campfire, a dock, Santa waiting outside, and many other features.

The Gallery at 30 Main won in the Business Category for their house that featured a miniature gallery inside and a gingerbread version of Bob Ross.

Crystal Starr Dial won in the Advanced Category for her Victorian house with duck ponds.

The Cartier kids placed first in the Children's Category with their little house with a reindeer on the roof and gingerbread people around the house.

Marie Kelly from The Gallery at 30 Main also created four different zentangle holiday coloring pages for kids

Meredith Altrusa also partnered for the event, displaying a few special trees.

The Festival of Trees was canceled this year due to ongoing concerns about the pandemic.

Linda French, co-vice president of Meredith Altrusa, said when they heard about the GMP's contest they asked if they could also take part in the event.

Altrusa displayed a few different trees and offered raffle prizes.

One tree held gift cards from The Common man that were raffled off. Altrusa also raffled off the gingerbread house it contributed to the event.

The Lakes Region Food Pantry donated a tree called "Pan-Tree" that will go to Sadie's Place in Meredith, a home for women in need.

Altrusa also put up its Literacy Tree and offered books for anyone to take and enjoy.

Taylor and French said they were happy with the response to this year's event.

"We're very pleased that so many people participated," Taylor said.

She said they hope to expand the event in the future with more houses, kids' activities, and other activities.

French said the work on each of the houses was "breathtaking."

"The workmanship and character of each house has been remarkable," French said. "Just unbelievable the people that have displayed their talent."

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