SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — The Springfield Science Museum has a very festive display of gingerbread houses for the holiday season.
Some were made by professionals from local bakeries and culinary schools, while others were made by youth groups, families, and talented locals.
Who better than the gingerbread man himself to bring in the holiday spirit?
From the pages of everyone’s favorite fairy tales, floor 2 of the downtown museum has transformed into a winter wonderland of coconut snow and frosting castles.
“Oh it’s Peter Pan, and there’s gingerbread underneath and the pretzels are a texture and the snow caps at the bottom”
Cherl Barnhart from Agawam who wanted to create something other than a ‘house’ made of gingerbread. With the perfect placement of mini jaw breakers as seat buttons and a gold embellished marshmallow on top, her creation is a favorite for many here.
“The Cinderella castle one. I thought that was very impressive.”
The murals on the walls, painted by UMass art students, are colored with a variety scenes that really bring the display to life.
“Now they don’t all feature lands far, far away. This gingerbread display is of an enchanting shopping center a little closer to home.”
Look familiar? It’s Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, and this other gingerbread masterpiece replicates the home sweet home of royalty too – Springfield College President Dr. Richard Flynn.
Many who come to check out the gingerbread fairy tales display leave inspired.
“For the Christmas tree, I would probably take fruit rolls up to shape it and outside I would put frosting on the trees”
And for the builders, “They are universally tired when they get done, but they are also very excited and already think about next year,” says Matt Longhi, Public Relations and Marketing Director for the Springfield Museums.
Before the Big Bad Wolf helps to take these houses down, you can check out the check out the exhibition throughout the entire month of December