Ligonier chamber, Manor library planning gingerbread contests
Area residents who enjoy the challenge of combining baking and construction skills can enter Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce's 13th annual Gingerbread House Contest, held at the Ramada Ligonier on West Loyalhanna Street.
Sponsored by the Rolling Rock Club, this year's contest will benefit the Ligonier Valley fire departments.
Categories include: child, age 12 and under, who may create whatever their hearts desire; traditional, 13 and up, a basic house scene like the custom German gingerbread houses; and creative, 13 and up, other architectural structures, nontraditional themes, modern and whimsical.
Entry fee is $15 for child and $20 for adult categories. All entry fees and forms must be received by Nov. 21.
Delivery is from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 and 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 1, with the houses on public display Dec. 1 to 10.
Ballots will be available to vote for a community favorite until Dec. 8, and a silent auction on the houses will raise funds for the fire departments, with donations also accepted.
First and second prizes of $75 and $50 each will be awarded in all categories, with one overall best in show prize of $125.
Details: 724-238-4200 or ligonier.com/event/gingerbread-house-contest.
Manor library seeks builders
Manor Public Library director Stephanie Capasso says the facility also is holding its annual gingerbread contest.
The contest is open to children and families, and kits, graham cracker structures and homemade-from-scratch structures all are acceptable.
Creativity is encouraged, and bakers/builders are not restricted to designs in the shape of a house.
Entries will be accepted at the library from Dec. 2-9 during business hours.
Voting will be done by the public from Dec. 11-19, and individuals may vote once a day.
Registration forms are available at the library.
Details: 724-864-6850 or manorpubliclibrary.org.
PPG Place celebrating 15th annual display
The PPG Place Wintergarden will again show rows and rows of gingerbread house entries and a train display through Jan. 6.
Visitors are welcome from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays.
The Wintergarden will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Christmas and New Year's days, and 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. New Year's Eve.
Regional winners in this year's competition include Yough Intermediate Middle School's gifted program, House #588, third place; Yough Intermediate Middle School's gifted program, Houses #585 and #586, honorable mention tie; Yough High School, Phipps Conservatory, honorable mention.
From traditional gingerbread houses to beach homes, churches, castles and creche designs, area individuals, organizations, senior citizens, students and chefs have created visions of eye candy not to be missed.
Admission is free. Donations are collected for the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh's Free Care Fund.
Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @MaryPickels.