Dec 23, 2014
Durand-Hedden hosted its 2nd annual Gingerbread House Competition on Sunday, December 7. A dozen amazing entries were brought to Durand-Hedden the day before. The day of the Contest filled the house with visitors who were able to view the houses, visit with Old Saint Nick, peruse the Maplewood Theater Exhibit, and shop at the charming Country Store. Theodore and Darwin Bourgeois Belotz (The Gingerbreaders) won the Grand Prize for the “Most Fantastical” entry, earning a trophy and $50 gift certificate. Other winners are listed below and included everything from “Best Technical Achievement” to “Most Original.” All houses, including two versions of Durand-Hedden in gingerbread, will be on display at the Hilton Library through January 10.
|Team Name||Entry Name||Award|
|The Sanchez Family||Bear Camp||Most Original|
|The Gingerbreaders||Lightsaver Santascote||Grand Prize/Most Fantastical|
|Amy Goring||Liberty & Justice for All||Best Historical Interpretation|
|Stone House Girls||Dream Ski Chalet||Best Technical Achievement|
|Evelyn Besom||Reedville in Winter||Best Use of Material|
|Grace Trenouth||Hansel and Gretel's Dream||Best Fairytale Inspiration|
|Audrey Marvell||Fairy Queen's Village||Most Imaginative|
|Lilly White||Gingerbread Cottage||Most Classic|
|Anthony Valente||Candy House||Cosiest Cottage|
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June 9, 2019, 1:00 PM
Juneteenth, an African American celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States, will be the focus of the June program in collaboration with the South Orange Maplewood Community Coalition on Race. The afternoon will include dancers, storytelling, a quilt display, musicians, activities for families and children, Civil War Colored Troop reenactors, as well as information about New Jersey’s history of slavery, which continued up until the time of the Civil War.
As part of the celebration, we are sponsoring a student essay contest on communications barriers between people of different races. All students in grades 6 through 12 who are residents of Maplewood or South Orange are eligible. Deadline is May 28. Read more information about the contest.