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About Town With Francie: Gingerbread village kicks off holidays

Each year around Thanksgiving, Dean and I kick off our holiday season with a trip to the
Augusta Museum of History. Why there, you might ask? It’s to see the annual Holiday
Gingerbread Village — one the most festive and scrumptious little exhibits in town!

The Sibley Mill in gingerbread. Museum patrons can vote for their favorite gingerbread creation. Photo by Francie Klopotic

During the week of Thanksgiving, the lobby of the museum becomes a winter wonderland filled with
gingerbread creations. The village features local historic buildings such as the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art and Aiken’s Willcox Inn and includes works from eight different creative food artists.

Once you enter the museum, you’re met with the scrumptious aroma of gingerbread and candy.
Eight tables circle the lobby, each featuring a confectionery representation of an Augusta
landmark. Take your time while taking in the pieces. Some creations, like the Noble Jones piece, have interior details that simply cannot be missed.

The Aiken Train Depot is one of the gingerbread creations. Photo by Francie Klopotic

During the exhibition, you may participate in a silent auction to win one or more of your
favorites. See something you’d love to bring home for the holidays? Simply write your name,
phone number and bid on the sheet. Highest bid at the close of exhibition wins.

Also, vote for your favorite. One creation will win the people’s choice award.

The Augusta Museum of History. Photo by Francie Klopotic

While you’re out and about, stop in to check out the display. The exhibition is free. The Augusta
Museum of History is located at 560 Reynolds Street in downtown Augusta. The Holiday
Gingerbread Village will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 27.

Hours this Thanksgiving weekend are Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Thanksgiving day. Learn more about the museum at its website

Columnist Francie Klopotic can be found about the town attending concerts, arts exhibitions and almost any event highlighting Augusta’s cultural offerings