Cranbrook Arts Council holding inaugural gingerbread house decorating contest

With winter in the distance and the weather turning bleaker, you may think things quiet on the arts front in Cranbrook. Think again!

Gingerbread architecture is on the menu at the Cranbrook and District Arts Council.

Gingerbread architecture is on the menu at the Cranbrook and District Arts Council.

Helen Duckworth

The  Cranbrook and District Arts Council would like to announce their upcoming events for November and December, 2013.

With winter in the distance (or coming down the mountain), and the weather turning bleaker, you may think things quiet on the arts front in Cranbrook. Think again!

November marks not only the portraiture exhibition, the Art of Yoga workshop (a workshop where you combine your practice of art and yoga for creative and spiritual fulfillment) and the Introduction to Origami workshop (a fun workshop for beginners looking to create beautiful models, animals and decorations from the simplest of mediums; paper), but it also marks the official announcement of the CDAC’s first annual gingerbread house decorating contest!

Registration is now officially open for families wishing to contend for the coveted title of ‘Best Gingerbread House of Cranbrook’.

The rules are simple, on December 7, between 11.30 a.m. and 2 p.m., family teams will gather at the CDAC gallery and be given a gingerbread house kit, icing and the decorations needed to create simple, beautiful and tasty gingerbread homes in the allotted time.

More than four in your family? Due to space restrictions the CDAC asks that you nominate four representatives from your kin to create your all-star line-up, and bench the rest!

It’s like the Hunger Games, except the weapons have been replaced with icing bags and gumdrops. Registration is $15 per family, and can be made over the phone on 250-426-4223. Registration will close on Wednesday,  December 4, at 2 p.m.

Judging will take place between 2.30-3 p.m on December 7, with the winning family announced and prizes awarded. There are prizes for first, second, third and honorable mentions and what prizes!

Your family could win a $50 gift certificate from the Cranbrook Downtown Business Association, Kootenay Ice prize packs, Landmark Cinema Passes and more besides. The best thing is, even if you don’t win, your family gets to keep (and eat!) your entry!

Full rules and more information can be found at the CDAC office on 10th Avenue South, via email at cdac@shaw.ca, phone 250-426-4223, or from the CDAC website www.cranbrookanddistrictartscouncil.com.