Due to pandemic precautions, there won’t be live music and dancing, delicious hors d’oeuvres and hot cocoa, but the Gingerbread Spectacular at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor will still include the stars of the show – the gingerbread and confectionery structures created by community members near and far! From Dec. 2 – 5, the Opera House will open its doors from 10 a.m. to 4 .p.m. daily for this much anticipated, free community event.
The Gingerbread Spectacular burst on to the holiday scene 14 years ago. In the decade since, the gingerbread creations that have arrived at the Opera House have included confectionery interpretations of castles with dragons, soccer stadiums, animated ice skating ponds, gingerbread aquariums and birdhouses, windmills and dollhouses, carnival scenes and traditional gingerbread houses both small and large.
And all the entries are displayed against a magnificently decorated Opera House thanks to the talents of set designer Kevin Kiley. Individuals and families planning to create an entry for this year’s Gingerbread Spectacular are asked to contact the Opera House in advance. For additional information designers and bakers are asked to contact 633-6855 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Gingerbread entries must be delivered on Tuesday, Dec. 1 to be considered for this year’s awards.
The 2020 Gingerbread Spectacular judging team includes Boothbay Region High School Principal Tricia Campbell, Brenda Blackman of The First National Bank, Alva Achorn last spotted behind the bar at Robinson’s Wharf, and Lisa Kristoff getting the winning scoop for the Boothbay Register. Additional judges may be announced as the date draws closer. Of note, gingerbread judges may be bribed and all cash bribes will be turned in as donations to the non-profit Opera House. Thanks to sponsorship support from The First National Bank, there is no admission fee, but donations will be warmly accepted.
In addition to the awarded of the Most Spectacular, the judges may also determine which entry is the Best Representation of a Local Landmark, the Best Holiday Spirit, the Best Traditional Gingerbread House design; who has amassed the largest Pile of Icing, which is the Most Delicious Looking, and which entry embraces the Most Obsessive Compulsive, among other awards.
The Friends of the Opera House plan to dazzle visitors with their annual holiday bake sale as a part of the Spectacular. Fruit cakes have been soaking, and pies are beginning to be created. Don’t miss out on picking up a few holiday specialties while at the Opera House.
No reservations are accepted, and the number of visitors will be limited to less than 50 at any given time. Masks are required for all while inside the Opera House.
It is anticipated that the Wednesday-Friday time period may be less crowded than the Saturday, Dec. 5 final date. Visitors should plan accordingly. The entrance will be on the Smith Street side of the building at the normal performance entrance. The Opera House is located at 86 Townsend Avenue.