Gingerbread sweetens visit to museum's Family Fun Day

It was all about gingerbread at the Augusta Museum of History on Saturday.

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Susan Plantamura helps her 3-year-old son, Nicholas, make a gingerbread-man craft at the Augusta Museum of History. The event took place Saturday.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Susan Plantamura helps her 3-year-old son, Nicholas, make a gingerbread-man craft at the Augusta Museum of History. The event took place Saturday.

A movie, a storytime, crafts and a gingerbread house exhibit were all part of the activities during the museum's Gingerbread Family Fun Day.

"This is a way for families to come out. It's one of our outreach activities. It's a way to spend time seeing the museum in a different way," said Rebekah Henry, the museum's marketing director.

Susan Plantamura was among the many museum patrons who attended the family day.

"My daughter has been really excited. She has been reading about the gingerbread man at school," said Ms. Plantamura, whose children, Natalie, 5, and Nicholas, 3, took part in making gingerbread men in the craft room.

Ms. Plantamura said she brought the children to see the gingerbread village in the rotunda. The village was part of an annual contest held at the museum.

"We've had bakers, crafters, professionals and amateurs participate," Ms. Henry said.

The gingerbread creations were based on historic sites in the area. Sacred Heart Cultural Center, the old Medical College of Georgia building, the Cotton Exchange and St. James United Methodist Church were among the entries.

Three people judged the competition -- a historian, an architect and a pastry chef.

Tied for the top award were gingerbread likenesses of Old Kiokee Baptist Church, by Steve, Joseph and Helen Krecksay; and St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro, by Jennifer Mooney.

The gingerbread creations were on display from Nov. 28 through Sunday and were auctioned as part of a fundraiser for the museum.

Reach Charmain Z. Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.


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