On behalf of Weehawken Creative Arts and Voyager Youth Program, we would like to thank the community and our incredible sponsors for making this year’s Gingerbread House workshop the best and most attended ever.
It was truly inspirational and most certainly a blast to watch 54 local families participate in the Gingerbread House Workshops on December 12th and 13th in Ouray and Ridgway. This program has been a proud community tradition for several years but it was especially exciting to have been able to continue the program in Ridgway again this year.
If you have never been to the Gingerbread House Workshop that Weehawken and Voyager hosts each year, let us assure you, it’s nothing short of magical.
The magic starts with the generosity of our amazing contributors and donors in this community who make the project possible. With that, we’d like to take this opportunity to thank our new sponsors who all stepped-up to the plate to make this event possible in both communities: Mt. Sneffels United Country Real Estate in Ridgway (Marc Hitchcox and Todd Schroedel); The Box Canyon Lodge in Ouray (Rich and Karen Avery); and Mountain Market in Ridgway (Darin and Valerie Hill). Their support was absolutely essential in continuing and expanding the program. In addition, we’d like to thank contributors like Safeway, Target, Dunn & Lindsey Real Estate, the Artisan Bakery (and Erin for her extra time in assembling houses with the Gingerbread Elves), the Ouray Community Center, the Ridgway Elementary School, and the many “Elves” (or volunteers) who volunteered their time to assemble houses, make frosting, set-up the event and clean-up after each event.
And then of course, there are the families! It was truly incredible to see how very different each house could be with the collaboration of a family at work. The houses were gorgeous, totally original, and will surely be the centerpiece at each of their celebrations in their homes this holiday season. Many thanks also to the families that contributed a cash donation to support this event as well. Those contributions truly make a difference and allow us to gauge growth for the future.
The Gingerbread House Workshop certainly warmed our hearts and reiterated what makes living here so great. There’s no place on earth with a greater sense of community, a larger spirit of participation and most of all so many talented Gingerbread House artists!
Once again, thank you for an unforgettable Gingerbread House weekend. We can’t wait to see everyone again next year!
– Ashley King (Executive Director, Weehawken Creative Arts) and Karla Cline (Executive Director, Voyager Youth Program)