Gingerbread Wonderland in Wenham

Posted: December 15th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Event, Wenham | Tags: , , | 3 Comments »

Last week we were invited to see the Wenham Museum‘s 4th Annual Gingerbread Contest and Gingerbread Express Display. The beautiful creations were set up as a model train village, to go along with the model railroad exhibit currently at the museum.

All of the entries were terrific, and we had a great time identifying the various building materials and methods used.

Some of our favorites included the whimsical castle in the foreground of the photo above, which had been put together by a group of Girl Scout Daisies. We loved the non-traditional colors and the funky shapes. The trio of multicolored ballet dancers twirling through the scene were showstoppers.

Other favorites included this terrific Victorian, submitted by a local cake decorator and patterned after her own home. Our sentiments echoed those of another blogger, Bridget Wickes of Yogurt and Berries, who noted, “I want to live there!”

This pair of fantastic birdhouses, put together by a couple of children who enter the contest each year with their grandmother, were eye-catching and fun. We loved the “legs” which made them seem almost like friendly robots.

Other entrants included a miniature Green Meadows Farm and a trio of mini-houses that had been put together by teenaged museum volunteers. We loved the little abominable snowman they included.

The houses remain on display until the 18th, so stop by the Museum to check them out. If you’ve got the kids in tow, they’ll love the train displays (which run through February 27th), and if you’ve got shopping to do, the Museum shop has some fun and unusual offerings.


Weekend Picks, December 9-12

Posted: December 9th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Coven, Event, Green Land Cafe, Ipswich, Marblehead, Milk & Honey, Salem, Shubie's Market Place, Wenham | Tags: , , , , , , , | 4 Comments »

It’s been a while since we talked about weekend picks, but this weekend there’s so much going on we can barely scratch the surface.

Tonight is a great night to get some shopping done in Salem. Many of the stores are open late and are offering deals and treats to shoppers. Salem Wine Imports will have a free tasting and special discounts; Milk and Honey Green Grocer will offer cheese and crackers, food samples, and 15% off your purchases; and Pamplemousse holds their annual open house from 6:00 to 9:00 with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and free gift wrapping.

Also open late tonight are the shops in Hamilton and Wenham. Stop into the Wenham Museum from 4:00 to 8:00 to check out their terrific gift shop as well as the Gingerbread Express model train layout and the Gingerbread Contest Judging.

From 6:00 to 9:00 tonight, the Mansion at Turner Hill hosts the 13th Annual Taste of Ipswich Wine & Food Gala. You can taste local fare prepared by Ipswich’s finest restaurants, sip wine, and sample Ipswich and Stone Cat brews, as well as Mercury Soda Pop. This year, the proceeds will benefit the Ipswich Family YMCA. For more information, call the Ipswich YMCA at (978) 356-9622.

The Salem fun continues on Saturday, when Santa will make a visit to Coven. Your small person can check out the big guy while you warm up with a coffee and tasty treat. Also on Saturday, Green Land Café will be holding a Toys for Tots drive. Children eat free when they bring a toy to donate.

Marblehead continues its annual Christmas Walk this weekend with music, street entertainment, and shopping deals on both Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday, you’ll find two wine tastings. From noon to 5:00, Haley’s will be sampling Y & B organic wines with Neil Deininger. (Even though it looks like a juice box, we like the Sauvignon Blanc) From noon to 4:00, the fun loving BZ Zohn will be back at Shubies with for a tasting of French, Italian, and California wines. Joining BZ will be Demaris Cahoon, owner of Landmark Winery in California, and Helen Gallo of Winebow Imports.

If you’re looking for a tree this weekend, stop by Marini Farm in Ipswich. Not only do they offer the kids cookies and crafts with Santa and tractor rides around the farm, but they’re also ladling out free bowls of hot chowder from the Clam Box to help fend off the falling temps.

Now here are some picks from our pals in the North Shore Bloggers Consortium:


The wonderful Jane Ward has some great ideas, over at Food and Fiction.


Heather Atwood from the Gloucester Times has her picks at Food For Thought


Media giant Seth gives up the best of Lynn at Lynn Happens.


Joey at GMG has the scoop on all that’s going on in Cape Ann at Good Morning Gloucester.


Great pick for North Shore Families from North Shore Kid.