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  • 28th Annual Gingerbread House Contest Call for Entries -- Nov. 17 is the Deadline

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    November 09, 2018

    Entries must be registered no later than Saturday, November 17, 2018.

    Portsmouth Historical Society is pleased to announce another year of a sweet local tradition. Gather your family, friends and/or co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation! All levels welcome. Homemade gingerbread creations will be on display daily for the public throughout December at Discover Portsmouth.

    Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth Kickoff

    Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
    The exhibition will open Friday, Nov. 30, from 5-8 p.m., and run through Dec. 22, from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. The exhibition will also be open until 8pm on Saturday, Dec. 1 and Friday, Dec. 7.

    Take a house home!

    Some of our most beautiful entries will be raffled off and available to the winners to take home for the holidays. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit Portsmouth Historical Society.

    2018 Gingerbread House Contest Rules

    The 28th Annual Gingerbread House Contest is a feature of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth, the city-wide, month-long celebration anchored by The Music Hall and Strawbery Banke Museum.

    Created by local businesses, artists, families and kids, the gingerbread houses will be nestled into a winter wonderland in the first floor gallery surrounded by large format photographs: David J. Murray’s images of Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth and photographs of trains in New Hampshire winters by Andy Dolph. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

    Judges’ winning selections will be announced at the Nov. 30 Kickoff Party. Visitors to the exhibit can vote for the People’s Choice Awards in four categories: “Best in Show,” “Most Creative Building Materials,” “Most Attention to Detail,” and “Most Whimsical.”

    Come see these magical creations and find holiday gifts in the Museum Shop! According to Robin Albert, Welcome Center Coordinator, who is overseeing the exhibit, “We are gearing up for what has become a wonderful tradition. Both past participants and newcomers are encouraged to enter, so get your family and friends and co-workers together and craft your own beautiful creation!”

    Free Family Programs

    Dec. 9 – Tin punching winter decoration (ornament)
    Dec. 16 Snowflakes and Gingerbread Man Decorating

    We are open daily 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and First Fridays until 8 p.m. for Art 'Round Town. We are located at 10 Middle St. in downtown Portsmouth. For information: (603) 436-8433, http://portsmouthhistory.org.