PORTSMOUTH – The 31st Annual Gingerbread House Competition, sponsored by the Portsmouth Historical Society, recently announced its winners.
Community judges’ prizes are chosen by a jury; the People’s Choice Awards are chosen by visitors to the Gingerbread House exhibit at the Discover Portsmouth Welcome Center and the Committee’s Award is chosen by the Gingerbread Committee of the Portsmouth Historical Socieyt which oversees the competition.
This year’s contest exhibit runs through Wednesday, December 22 and was made possible by sponsors Devine Millimet Attorneys at Law, Kennebunk Savings, Walmart Portsmouth Supercenter, Walmart Newington, Bangor Savings Bank and Louis F. Clarizio DDS PA .
The 2021 Gingerbread Prize winners are:
Community judges’ prizes
Adult Category: Winner (tied!): Winter at Wood Island by Dudley Dudley, Betty Tamposi and Ellen Garvey and Castle in the Clouds by Lindsay Carroll; Honorable mention: Santa’s elves visit Marjorie Thorpe’s Castle in the Clouds.
Multigenerational category: Winner: Reindeer Spa Day by the Johnson family; Honorable Mention: Christmas Cape by Lindsey & Brooklyn Barnhorst.
Teen Category: Winner: The Holiday Connection by Arianna Incollingo and Frank Krupp; Honorable mention: Searles Castle by Natalie, Rachel and Amirah Little.
Youth Category: Winner: Story Land by Ellie Ordman; Honorable mention: Summer Vacation by Abbey Menard.
Category of business or organization: Winner, Holiday Castle by Libby Giordano for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire; Honorable mention: You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown by the Prescott Park Arts Festival.
Professional category : Winner, Tangled by Bobby Menard; Honorable mention, Birds of a Feather by Jackie Van Berlo.
Best of Show: Winner (tied!), Castle in the Clouds by Lindsay Carroll and Birds of a Feather by Jackie Van Berlo.
Community Judge Panels are made up of sponsors and other community members closely involved in the Vintage Christmas in Portsmouth program. This year’s judges were: Bangor Savings Bank, Mamadou Demble and Wendy O’Sullivan; Devine Millimet, Pam Peterson; Kennebunk Savings, Doug Smith and Rachel Peters; Walmart Supercentre in Portsmouth, Joey Martel; Walmart Newington, Christine Whalen; Portsmouth Chamber Collaborative, Ben Van Camp; city manager, Karen Conard;
Municipal councilor and elected mayor, Deaglan Mc Eachern.
Visitors to the Portsmouth Historical Society and participants in the city center scavenger hunt are invited to vote for their favorite exhibits. Voting ends with ten days remaining in the exhibition to allow as many people as possible to vote, while giving the winners the opportunity to bask in the glow of the winning ribbons.
Greatest attention to detail: Castle in the Clouds by Lindsay Carroll.
The most creative building materials: Birds of a Feather by Jackie Van Berlo.
The most fanciful: Reindeer Spa Day by the Johnson Family.
Best city center: Holiday home enchanted by Melissa Kutch.
Best of Show: Castle in the Clouds from Lindsay Carroll
The price of the committee
Each year, a staff committee of the Portsmouth Historical Society and several extremely dedicated volunteers form the Gingerbread Committee.
In a statement, the committee said, “We have seen so many homes over the years that we have become connoisseurs of gingerbread confectionery creations. Each year we like to choose a house that we believe demonstrates exceptional craftsmanship that might not have been received otherwise. This year’s committee award winner is the incredible building skill, interesting materials, and extreme attention to detail demonstrated by Lauren Burdett’s There’s No Place Like Dome.
For more information visit www.PortsmouthHistory.org/gingerbread.