Gingerbread Giant

With gumdrop trim and a graham cracker chimney, the gigantic gingerbread house looks good enough to eat. But eating the whole thing could take awhile.

"It started out as a 3-foot gingerbread house and grew to a 5-foot one," said Michael Robinson.

Robinson built the huge holiday treat that was no small task.

"I was glad I didn't have to do all that work. He did a good job," Lois Wojcoski said. Wojcocski lives at Emeritus at Rocky Hill, an assisted living center.

Michael Robinson is the center's dining service director. He was in charge of constructing an edible version of Santa's workshop for the center's Festival of Trees Thursday night.

Tiny Christmas trees decorated and donated by local businesses will be auctioned off. And so will the gingerbread house that took Robinson four weeks to make.

"You wouldn't believe all those gingerbread squares he's got on there," Lois Wojcoski said. "If you counted, I think it would take awhile."

Every single ginger bread brick was baked at Emeritus and it took nearly 50 pounds of flour.

It took 25 pounds of confectioner's sugar to make the icing and 15 pounds of candy to decorate the windows and doors.

The colorful display is a delight for the center's residents.

"Oh it's beautiful!" Libby Sorano said. "He did a lot of work on it."

The gingerbread giant will also do some good.

The money raised from the Festival of Trees will go to the Alzheimer's Assocation.

The festival runs from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

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