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Magical Gingerbread House Workshop

December 15, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Do you enjoy sweet treats, but maybe aren’t sure how to create them? Maybe you want to test out your creativity in the kitchen, but don’t have a good location to do so? If these sound like you, come check out the Museum Center at Five Points’ Magical Gingerbread House Workshop on Saturday to not only learn from some pros, but also build your own masterpiece.

This will be the second year the Museum Center has held this event. In 2017, it combined the event with its massive Christmas Open House and Artist Showcase, which unfortunately pushed the workshop into a small room and limited the audience size significantly. This year, that problem has been resolved.

Held in the cultural center at the museum, the workshop features many more tables and significantly more room than last year’s setting.

While the 2017 event held 50 attendees, the room was so full any additional ones had to be turned away, despite high demand. The move to the cultural center will allow for a much larger crowd, and Museum Center Executive Director Janice Neyman is hoping for a crowd of nearly 200.

Similar to last year, the local business Just A Bakery, owned by Moldovan-born sisters Marina Sepenuk and Valentina Mantsevich, will be baking all of the provided gingerbread materials for whatever creative endeavor attendees wish to make. On top of that, they’ll also be teaching the workshop.

Sepenuk expects to help all participants with their houses. Mantsevich will demonstrate the techniques and walks everyone through the process. Just A Bakery is also providing all candy toppings for the houses as well.

Sepenuk added she was at how artistic last year’s participants were, as she describes their designs as “beautiful,” and wishes she had taken more pictures.

Last year, Just A Bakery made an entirely edible replica of the Lee University chapel, complete with stained glass candy windows.

Mantsevich said when they were asked to make an eye-catching centerpiece, they were simply told to make it a larger version of a gingerbread house; however, the sisters wanted to make something that represented the town and was recognizable. Upon seeing the Lee chapel, they instantly knew it would be their model.

“We’re also hoping to play maybe a Christmas movie on a projector in the background just to add to the overall feeling of Christmas,” Neyman said. “This is such a fun, family project for people around the holidays to do together. No matter what your faith or beliefs are, it’s for anyone.”

In addition to the edible nature of the houses, you can also preserve them for a significant amount of time for those interested in maintaining their festive aesthetic.

Sepenuk and Mantsevich said that a gift box filled with their pastries may be provided for the winner of Best Gingerbread House, so they encourage everyone to bring their A-game that weekend.

Neyman added how the event is so popular that some people will even purchase a ticket to the workshop to give as a gift to a child or family member. Admission costs $30 for Museum Center members and $45 for nonmembers.

For more information, go to the Museum Center’s website at www.museumcenter.org and click on “Special Events.” The Magical Gingerbread House Workshop runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 15.


December 15, 2018
11:00 am - 2:00 pm


Museum Center at 5ive Points
200 Inman Street East
Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
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