Local Museum Announces Fun Holiday Contest

WNRR Augusta – (Museum Press Release)

Calling all Bakers!  Create a Gingerbread House for the chance to win Grand Prize of $1,000!

Museum now taking applications for annual Gingerbread House Competition


Augusta, Georgia (10/1/08) – Chefs, caterers, and amateur bakers and artists are invited to participate in the Augusta Museum of History’s Annual Holiday Gingerbread Village, a gingerbread house competition featuring confectionary replicas of historic structures in the Central Savannah River Area.  Participants are invited to create a gingerbread replica of a historic structure in the CSRA for a chance to win cash prizes, including the grand prizes of $1,000 for adults!  From Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 30, each historic-themed gingerbread house will be on display inside a spectacular village set and available through silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the programs of Augusta Museum of History. 

A panel of guest judges – Mr. Anthony Fernandez, Executive Pastry Chef at The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation; Al Cheatham, architect with Cheatham Fletcher Scott; Dr. Lee Ann Caldwell, Director of the Center for the Study of Georgia History at Augusta State University; and Ms. Kathy Girdler-Engler, local sculptor, will select the winning gingerbread houses on Thursday, November 20, and will award cash prizes for Grand Prize, Second Place, and Third Place, in addition to Most Artistic and People’s Choice – new prize categories for 2008!  The winning creations will be chosen based on their overall appearance, originality, creativity, precision, difficulty, and consistency of historic theme.

Winners will receive the following cash prizes based on their award: 

·         Grand Prize – $1,000 cash!

·         Second Place – $750

·         Third Place – $500

·         Most Artistic – $250

·         People’s Choice (announced Sunday, November 30, 2008) – $250

From Friday, November 21 through Sunday, November 30, the Holiday Gingerbread Village will be displayed free of charge to the public in the Museum Rotunda and each historic-themed gingerbread house will be available through silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the programs of Augusta Museum of History.  Museum patrons can bid on their chance to take one of these delectable masterpieces home through the silent auction and can cast their vote for their favorite house with the People’s Choice award

The 2008 Holiday Gingerbread Village is open to both amateur and professional competitors.  Individuals (Professional or Amateur), Restaurants, Bakeries, Caterers, Hotels, Country Clubs, Groups and Businesses are all welcome to submit an entry.  There will be only one Competition Category which will include all participants.  A limited number of entries (40) will be accepted on a first come, first serve basis.  An application deposit fee of $25 will be charged to all applications, which will be refunded upon delivery of the gingerbread structure. 

Save the date and delight in the imagination shown in these sugar-and-spice creations created by some of the area’s most talented bakers, or enter a creation of your own!  Deadline for Entry: Wednesday, November 5, 2008. 

Visit www.augustamuseum.org for official entry form and guidelines, and a gingerbread recipe from Chef Anthony Fernandez, a guaranteed way to bake the best gingerbread for house-building, or call the Museum at (706) 722-8454 for more information.  Limited space available for participation!  Deadline for participation is November 5, 2008!

Export Wizard-1Augusta Museum of History, the only Museum in the CSRA accredited by the American Association of Museums, was established in 1937 for the purpose of preserving and sharing the material history of Augusta and the region.  From a 10,000 year-old projectile point to a 1914 locomotive, the collections chronicle a rich and fascinating past.  The museum is located at 560 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta.  Please call (706) 722-8454 for more information or visit our website www.augustamuseum.org.

Hours:  Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm; Closed Monday

Admission:  Adult: $4 • Senior: $3 • Child (6-18): $2 • Child (5 & under): Free

 The 1797 Ezekiel Harris House¸ said to be “the finest eighteenth-century house surviving in Georgia”, is located at 1822 Broad Street and is an excellent example of early Federal architecture.  Fully restored in 1964 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Ezekiel Harris House is a reminder of the days when tobacco was the primary cash crop of Georgia.  For more information, call (706) 737-2820 or visit www.augustamuseum.org.

Hours: Guided tours Tuesday – Friday, 1:00 – 5:00 pm, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm; Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, with the last tour beginning at 4:00 pm; Tours by appointment only 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tuesday – Friday; Closed Sunday & Monday. 

Admission: Adult and Senior: $2 • Child: $1

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