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Gingerbread homes take center stage at SKyPAC event

By ALYSSA HARVEY aharvey@bgdailynews.com

The Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center is set to unveil its new holiday event, Gingerbread Home for the ARTS.

The event is something to bring the community into SKyPAC and to show we care. It s a fun event, and we want everyone to be included, said Betty McGuire, event co-chairwoman and assistant to executive director Jan Zarr. We just think arts education is important. I ve taken a lot of calls about participation. We want it to become a family tradition and to kick off the holiday season.

Gingerbread Home for the ARTS will be Friday and Saturday at SKyPAC, 601 College St. Proceeds will benefit SKyPAC s education programs.

It was brought to us by Jan Zarr, McGuire said. He was able to do it at his last venue at Topeka, Kan., and they d been doing it for 14 years.

Fourth- and fifth-graders from the area and kids from the Bowling Green Boys amp; Girls Club will be bused in to hear readings by Kentucky Poet Laureate George Ella Lyon in three sessions Friday.

The children will tour gingerbread entries that will be in the main gallery and go to Renshaw Education Wing to decorate gingerbread house cookies, said Erin Biggers, SKyPAC special events coordinator and co-chairwoman.

There will also be a now sold-out Spice Up the Night, which will feature three chefs Jason Lindsey of Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Culinary Program, Jarrad Miller of Bowling Green Country Club and Andy Henderson of Wild Eggs in an event similar to Food Network s Chopped. The chefs will be assisted by local celebrities Abraham Williams, executive director of the Housing Authority of Bowling Green, former professional wrestler Hillbilly Jim and Warren County Sheriff Jerry Peanuts Gaines. There is a waiting list for Spice Up the Night.

The final activity will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for the public. More than 20 professional bakers, community organizations and individuals will have gingerbread houses displayed for judging. People can vote for a favorite for $1 per vote, six votes for $5 or 12 votes for $10.

All of the houses that are entered in the contest are going to be displayed in the gallery, McGuire said.

A culinary committee of Theresa Shea, co-owner of Tea Bayou, Mike Riggs, culinary arts co-program coordinator at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College, and Lindsey will judge the houses.

We ll announce the winner at the Charlie Daniels performance on Sunday, McGuire said.

People can design their own gingerbread homes Saturday as well with a $5 wrist band.

Everything is provided, but if anyone wants to provide their own special candy, they can, McGuire said.

There will be $5 photos with Santa, free entertainment and a market of Kentucky artisans.

SKyPAC is also partnering with the Boys amp; Girls Club. Kids are making and designing ornaments for a gingerbread ornament tree in the SKyPAC lobby. People can buy an ornament for $20.

It s a fund which we ll use to have a special art workshop at the Boys and Girls Club, Biggers said.