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Gingerbread Friends Book Reading
Posted: December 3, 2008

New date added!
The antique furnishings in the grand Gallery at Edsel & Eleanor Ford House have been moved to make space for a room full of friends to gather ‘round the towering 15-foot Christmas tree to hear the story of The Gingerbread Friends on December 16 at 6 p.m. (The December 15 date is sold out) The Gingerbread Friends, by Jan Brett, follows the mischievous, but lonely, gingerbread baby on his quest to find some playmates.
The Gallery, the largest room in the auto baron’s historic estate, is an especially significant one this time of year as it is where Edsel and Eleanor spent many happy years with family and friends entertaining both at Christmas and throughout the year. It was often decorated extravagantly and even had live Christmas trees suspended from the ceiling in place of chandeliers for one Christmas celebration.
Following the December 15 story, children will delight as Santa himself makes an appearance to visit and lead them to the Activities Center for hot cocoa, mini marshmallows and a special opportunity to gaze upon the amazing gingerbread wonderland. Created for Ford House’s first annual “Homes for the Holidays” Gingerbread House Contest, the confectionary cottage showcase the talents of area youth and adults as they made their interpretations of what makes the best gingerbread house. Local historic landmarks, such as St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church and Grosse Pointe Historical Society’s Provencal Weir House, stand side-by-side with light houses, Santa’s beach getaway as well as traditional gumdrop and candy cane decorated homes.

The Gingerbread Friends book reading is $5 per person and reservations are required.  Call 313.884.4222

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