Amid the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor’s lovely holiday décor sit 25 gingerbread creations for the annual Gingerbread Spectacular running Dec. 2-5, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Bakers’ imaginations ran from the classic: Clement C. Moore’s “The Night Before Christmas;” the traditional gingerbread house, from the modest to a grand-scale Victorian and vast (in gingerbread terms) depictions of landmarks, to gingerbread commentaries on COVID-19.
Judging gingerbreads is not as easy as you might think. At 4:30 Tuesday, Dec. 1, judges Brenda Blackman of First National Bank), Boothbay Region High School Principal Tricia Campbell, Alva Achorn of Robinson’s Wharf, and yours truly arrived to complete our assignment. After a bit of discussion and debate as we worked the list of categories, the 2020 Gingerbread Spectacular awards went to the following bakers, but all of the gingerbreads in the show are amazing works of art!
Most Spectacular – Susan Brackett: “ … And Dreams of Sugarplums Danced In Their Heads ...”
Almost Most Spectacular – Carla Warren of Exeter, New Hampshire: “Winter Wonderland”
Best Traditional Gingerbread – Pandy Dickinson: “Little Cottage”
Most Obsessive-Compulsive – Amy Addington of Belfast: “Stone House, Veazie Maine”
Most Creative – St. Andrews Village: “Snow Fun”
Best Representation of a Landmark – Alyssa Allen, Michael Maxim, Kathleen Viens, Ted Nelson, Colby Allen, Eben Court, Pete Viens and Jen Sherman: “It Takes A Village”
Best Youth Entry – Addie Barter: “Holiday Home Wrecker”
Most Uncontrollable Icing – Peyton McGuire (youth entry): “Cute As A Button”
Best Holiday Spirit – Sheila Wiken: “Merry Peanuts Christmas”
Most Hilarious – “Grumpy Grampy”: “Dumpster Fire”
Largest: Rick Koplau and Eric Rice: “Burnt Island”
Other gingerbreads included one entitled “Kick the Covid.” This larger scale ginger has a field of gingerbread people in white masks and behind them a giant replica of the SARS-CoV-2 image complete with those red-orange spiked things … the funniest bits are the four larger gingerbreads, faces showing grim determination in a mid-kick pose, aimed at the COVID.
“Ginger’s Gym” tickles the funny bone as well. The expressions on some of the gingers’ faces in various exercise poses will have you chuckling.
“Little House in the Woods” is a charming log cabin made of pretzels with a stone wall, and Santa or a look-alike in the sideyard among the pine trees and the fire pit.
St. Andrews Village’s “Snow Fun” is, well, fun! Little vignettes everywhere you look ... marshmallow snow people skiing downhill and cross-country; and sitting around a fire pit. And the expressions on those marshmallow faces are charming. Kids, even big ones, will love this one!
The Best Landmark award winner did an outstanding job depicting the inner harbor area, encompassing the footbridge, footbridge house, the water and boats. The detailing and overall impression will give you lots to take in before you move on to the next awe-inspiring ginger!
All coronavirus precautions are being observed: Masks are a must to see this dazzling, free show; distancing of six feet between viewers is marked by blue tape on the floor.
The Opera House is at 86 Townsend Ave. Come and experience the joy, awe and laughter these gingerbreads are guaranteed to deliver!