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7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Friday, November 24, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

DSC_0189Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:00 – 2:00 pm
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for FREE

1:00 – 3:00 pm
Local Author Event

Author and Archivist Claire Lobdell will be on hand to sign copies of her book Images of America: South Windsor which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Saturday, November 25, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0114Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Visit with Santa for FREE

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Local Author Event

Children’s Author and Poet Donna Marie Merritt will offer a FREE children’s story time and craft event as well as be on hand to sign copies of her children’s book Hush that Hullaboo! and her three books of poetry, We Walk Together, Her House and other Poems, and No Winter Maintenance: Pass at Your Own Risk which will be available for purchase in the gift shop. More information about the author is available at www.donnamariebooks.com.

 

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Sunday, November 26, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0231Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

Starting at 1:00 pm
Glass Blowing Demonstration with Hugh Naggar of Crystal Glass Creations

Some of Hugh’s creations will be available in the gift shop. Learn about Hugh and his work at www.crystalglasscreations.com.

2:00 – 3:30 pm
Enjoy the light Classical guitar stylings of Yosh

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Local Author Event

Kalina Bonofiglio is a teen author living in Connecticut. She is currently a junior in high school and working on her third book in a trilogy. She has always loved reading and writing and began working on her first book, The Rise of the Octangle, in sixth grade and published it in eighth grade. By tenth grade she had published the sequel, The Lost Kingdom. She hopes the conclusion to the trilogy will be ready for publication by spring of 2018.

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Monday, November 27, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0230Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holiday Storybook Hour

Join Mrs. Degen in the programming room at The Wood for a story and related craft.  Pre-registration is recommended.  The cost for this program is $5 per child, ages 3 and up (younger siblings free).  Stay with your child(ren) or browse the gingerbread houses and gift shop on your own (caregivers must remain on the premises).

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit with Santa for FREE

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Thursday, November 30, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

DSC_0229Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:30 am – 11:30 am
Holiday Storybook Hour

Join Mrs. Degen in the programming room at The Wood for a story and related craft.  Pre-registration is recommended.  The cost for this program is $5 per child, ages 3 and up (younger siblings free).  Stay with your child(ren) or browse the gingerbread houses and gift shop on your own (caregivers must remain on the premises).

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Friday, December 1, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

DSC_0233Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Holiday Storybook Hour

Join Mrs. Degen in the programming room at The Wood for a story and related craft.  Pre-registration is recommended.  The cost for this program is $5 per child, ages 3 and up (younger siblings free).  Stay with your child(ren) or browse the gingerbread houses and gift shop on your own (caregivers must remain on the premises).

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus for FREE

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Saturday, December 2, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0224Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Sweetest Key
Connecticut’s Finest Semi-Professional Female A Cappella Group
More Info At www.thesweetestkey.com

11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Local Author Event

Children’s Author Lori Sanchez will read children’s books and be on hand to sign copies of her children’s book Queenie Rules the Farm, which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Visit with Santa for FREE

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Sunday, December 3, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0222Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Local Author Event

Authors Ceil Donahue and Jessica Bottomley will be on hand to sign copies of their book Images of America: East Windsor , which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.
More information available here.

2:00 – 3:00 pm or 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Whoville Party

Join us for a whimsical Whoville Party!  First, How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be read aloud.  Then Cindy Lou Who herself will join the party for pictures!  Make your very own mini Whoville-inspired Christmas tree to take home.  There is a fee for this program and pre-registration is recommended. Read more and register here.

Whoville Party

Sunday, December 3, 2017

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Whoville.001-001Looking for something different to do this holiday season? Does your child love all things Dr. Seuss? Join us for a whimsical Whoville Party! First, How the Grinch Stole Christmas will be read aloud. Then Cindy Lou Who herself will join the party for pictures! Make your very own mini Whoville-inspired Christmas tree to take home.

Choose one of two sessions:
2:00 – 3:00 pm
3:30 – 4:30 pm

Each session will have a maximum of only fifteen children. Pre-registration is recommended. Walk-ins will be welcome only if there is space available. Accompanying siblings under 3 years old are free!

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Monday, December 4, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:30 – 11:30 am
Holiday Storybook Hour

Join Mrs. Degen in the programming room at The Wood for a story and related craft.  Pre-registration is recommended.  The cost for this program is $5 per child, ages 3 and up (younger siblings free).  Stay with your child(ren) or browse the gingerbread houses and gift shop on your own (caregivers must remain on the premises).

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Thursday, December 7, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

DSC_0203Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:30 – 11:30 am
Holiday Storybook Hour

Join Mrs. Degen in the programming room at The Wood for a story and related craft.  Pre-registration is recommended.  The cost for this program is $5 per child, ages 3 and up (younger siblings free).  Stay with your child(ren) or browse the gingerbread houses and gift shop on your own (caregivers must remain on the premises).

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Friday, December 8, 2017

10:00 am - 8:00 pm

DSC_0201Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

5:00 – 6:00 pm or 6:30 – 7:30 pm
Meet Jingles the Elf on the Shelf

Pre-registration recommended. To learn more, click here.

6:00 – 8:00 pm
Local Author Event

Author Brianna Dunlap will be on hand to sign copies of her book Connecticut Valley Tobacco which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.

Meet Jingles the Elf on the Shelf

Friday, December 8, 2017

5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

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Looking for something different and fun to do with your kids this holiday season?  Come meet Jingles, the Elf on the Shelf!

  • Jingles can sign your Elf on the Shelf book and pose for pictures
  • Your child(ren) can whisper their Christmas Wish List to Jingles, who will personally deliver their message to Santa at the North Pole
  • And, Jingles will assist with craft project before having a dance party!

Jingles is sure to make your kiddos giggle with delight.  Come dressed in pajamas or ready for holiday photos.  This program will take place in the program room downstairs at The Wood.  Come early, or stay late to enjoy the free Gingerbread House Festival throughout the first and second floors, and stop by the Gingerbread Shoppe!

And, in case you were wondering, the usual “rules” apply – Jingles cannot talk and she cannot be touched!

Choose one of two sessions:
After School:  5-6pm
Evening: 6:30-7:30pm

Each session will have a maximum of only fifteen children.  Pre-registration is recommended.  Walk-ins will be welcome only if there is space available.  Accompanying siblings under 3 years old are free!

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Saturday, December 9, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0194Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

10:00 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Local Author Event

Childern’s Book Authors, Olivia Lauren Jones and Alyssa Simone Jones will read children’s stories and be on hand to sign copies of their children’s books which will be available for purchase in the gift shop.  More information about these young authors is available at www.laurensimonepubs.com

7th Annual Gingerbread House Festival

Sunday, December 10, 2017

10:00 am - 5:00 pm

DSC_0190Free and Open to the Public

Celebrate a storybook holiday this year and experience one of the largest gingerbread house festivals in New England. Stroll past fairy tale houses and fantasy trains all covered with bright, colorful candy.   Gaze upon replicas of historical buildings alongside edible villages, all created by regional artisans and bakers, students and community members, expert and beginner alike.  The Wood, located on historic Old Main Street, provides the perfect holiday venue for showcasing the sugary artistic creations among sparkling lights and colorful decor.

Musical performances, author signing and story time events will also be scattered throughout the festival providing patrons with an uplifting and creative break from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.  Finally, don’t forget to stop by “Ye Olde Gingerbread Shoppe” for the opportunity to take home a bit of the magic with many holiday themed gifts and treats.

Holiday Story Hour

Thursday, December 14, 2017

6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

fullsizerenderTime to get in the holiday spirit! Holiday sing along led by Deb Hay followed by Pumpernickel Puppets performance of Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Lion and the Mouse. We will have Santa arrive on a fire truck to visit with the kids after the puppet show!

Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The fee for this event is $5 per child.

 

Check our Gingerbread House Festival events calendar for Santa visits, story time and character visits, a special Elf on the Shelf program, author events and more!  Registration for festival events open soon!

Winter Preschool Story time

Thursday, January 11, 2018

10:30 am - 1:30 pm

JANUARY 11TH – MARCH 1, 2017

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SESSION A 10:30-11:30 am
SESSION B 12:30-1:30 pm

Fee for the 8 week session is $15

Preschool storybook fun for children ages 3 to 5, with a caregiver.  These will be interactive read-alouds interspersed with step by step directions on how to support emergent reading behaviors.  Crafts, songs, sensory activities and FUN, FUN, FUN included!
Pre-registration is required as space is limited.

 

Newcomers to Preschool Story Time will build their own Reading Buddy to bring with them every week!  The end result is a stuffed animal – dog or cat – that your child will hand stuff and make a wish on a rainbow star which is inserted into their new furry pal.  Each Reading Buddy comes with a personalized one-of-a-kind birth certificate.

 

Young Artist Workshop: Kiss the Cook

Saturday, March 3, 2018

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

MOMMY IN KITCHENChildren, ages 6-12 are invited to join Jan Grace and volunteers from Wood’s Program Committee in a baking workshop. Children will learn to create several chocolaty recipes and treats using Hershey Kisses candies. They will bring their item home to complete the baking process in their own kitchen oven with adult supervision. Samples of each item will be served for refreshments. *Please note that peanut butter may be used in one recipe.

Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Recipes, instructions and baking materials are all included in the fee of $15.00 per child.Children should wear an apron or old shirt *(Snow date is Sunday, March 4th at 2:00 PM if required.)

Young Artist Workshop: Egg Decorating

Saturday, March 24, 2018

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Egg Deco WorkshopChildren ages 6-12 are invited to join art instructor, Mary Wilde and Wood volunteers for a fun and seasonal “Hands-On” art workshop. Mary will teach you some unique and wonderful creative ways to transform ordinary hardboiled eggs into beautiful holiday decorations for you table center piece.
*Please note that these eggs will be for decoration only are not edible.
Children should bring a dozen large white hardboiled eggs in an egg carton for transporting their finished egg creations. Children should also wear old clothes or bring an apron.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
The program registration fee for this event is $10 per child.

Young Artist Workshop: Cartooning

Saturday, April 14, 2018

12:00 am - 1:00 am

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Bill Dougal’s Cartooning Workshop

Kids in grades K through 5 will have a fun afternoon learning how to create their own cartoon characters and put them in action or humorous situations!  Bill will also add to the fun by singing a song or two about art!home-music
All materials will be supplied.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
The program registration fee for this event is $10 per person.