Visions in gingberbread on display, up for auction
KENT — This is only the second year the Kent Chamber of Commerce has hosted a Gingerbread Festival, but the event is already being considered a holiday tradition.In the weeks prior to delivery of the tasty and tasteful houses to Gingerbread Station at the Kent Green, there were a number of themed activities.Gingerbread classes taught by Patsy Stroble (of the former Stroble’s Bakery) were held for both children and adults. Local shopkeepers and restaurant owners have produced cookie creations of their own, to display in their windows.And entries for a gingerbread contest were turned in Nov. 27 and are now on display at Gingerbread Station at the Kent Green until Dec. 30.There are three categories: professional; adult/group; youth.The professionally made gingerbread creations will be on display at Kent Kitchen Works (5 Kent Green Blvd. on the Kent Green). Visitors can buy a chance to win one of these to take home, in a Tea Cup Auction that continues to Dec. 10. Chances cost a dollar each (six chances for $5). The houses (and other gingerbread creations) will be on display at Gingerbread Station until Dec. 30. The Gingerbread Station will also accept nonperishable food items for the Kent Food Bank.Visiting hours Dec. 1 to 3 are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. From Dec. 4 to Dec. 23, the station will be open Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will be closed Dec. 24 and 25 and will be open daily from Dec. 26 to 30, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. To learn more about these and other seasonal events, go online to www.kentct.com.