The Erie Canal Museum’s annual Gingerbread Gallery started in 1986 as a one-day gingerbread auction. Its popularity has increased over the years, and it is now a six-week long event featuring over 30 gingerbread creations made by local bakers of all ages! Everyone is invited to participate in the Gingerbread Gallery. If you are interested in being a Gingerbread Architect, sign up here (insert MailChimp signup) to receive the call for bakers in September.
From the Fall 1987 Erie Canal Museum Canal Packet Newsletter:
“On December 13, 1986, over 700 visitors toured the Weighlock Building to view the Museum Gingerbread Gallery and enjoy a day full of holiday entertainment. Choruses, carolers, and choirs of bells provided a musical background for visitors strolling down our nostalgic Gingerbread Lane, lined with storefronts right out of the 1800’s.
“Through the magic of theater set design the Museum’s second floor exhibition gallery became a canal town street complete with toy, curio, floral, and baked goods shops, all trimmed for the holidays. Proudly displayed in the window of each shop was a gingerbread work of art – a house, a train, and gingerbread models of local historic buildings – created by Syracuse’s finest bakers.”
We are always looking for Gingerbread Ambassadors to help us welcome visitors to the Gingerbread Gallery each year. If you are interested in volunteering with us, click here.
First Week of September: Call for bakers begins
First week of November: Entry forms due
Second week of November: Gingerbread Creation drop-off
Friday after Thanksgiving: Gingerbread Gallery Grand Opening (with cookies, cocoa, and live music following the Tree Lighting in Clinton Square)
Last week in December: Children’s Gingerbread Workshops
First week in January: Final week to see the Gingerbread Gallery
Second week in January: Gingerbread Creation pick-up