Mov Soc Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:09:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mov Soc 32 32 The Jacksonville Historical Society’s Gingerbread Show is now on display Mon, 06 Dec 2021 10:09:01 +0000

Blame the Stewart family’s candy creation at the 19th Annual Gingerbread Extravaganza on a TV show the whole family watches, says her 10-year-old daughter Magnolia.

Specifically, blame the “LEGO Masters” of the Fox Network, where teams build towering and intricate sculptures from interlocking plastic blocks.

This is where her Westside family came up with the idea to design and build the baked and sweet version of the TV show’s set for the event which runs through December 22, she said.

“We watch it every week, so we thought it would be fun to build it, so we built a lot of LEGOs,” she said. “… It took a day, a whole day, a Saturday. We basically binge Hallmark! “

Across the arched Gothic nave of the 133-year-old Jacksonville Historical Society‘s old St. Andrews Church at 317 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Leslie Case’s “Santa’s Sugar Village” was tucked in the middle. of cotton snowdrifts with six gingerbread houses around a Christmas tree sugar cone. Paving miniature paths in Frosted Mini Wheats, the St. Augustine woman said she built the village after a company official suggested it.

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Nestled next to a model railroad easel, breakfast cereals make up the roof and driveway of the first gingerbread house Leslie Case made for her "The sugar village of Santa Claus."

“My husband and I came over to our house and we were like, ‘Why don’t we try it on?’” She said of the design. “We started with a house, then I said it was too little and we had to have more. So we bought a village and made each one different. “

The Gingerbread Extravaganza was originally founded by the Rotary Club of South Jacksonville in 2003 as a fundraiser for the benefit of other nonprofit organizations, including the Historical Society. The company began hosting it in 2010 with ticket sales and donations to benefit its educational programs and archival repository.

This year, 42 participants built creations ranging from towering Victorian mansions with detailed candy interiors to the “Santa’s Holiday Inn” motel featuring a spun sugar pool. Their creators range from professional bakeries to students and home chefs.

Carefully transported to the church opposite the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena over the past two weeks, they were put on trial in a first Thursday.

“After a strange year since we last did it, Jacksonville needs gingerbread as much, if not more than ever,” said Historical Society CEO Alan Bliss. “… We’re excited to have 22 newcomers, and we have a builder that’s been a returning veteran for 14 years, so that kind of sets the timeline.”