Welcome to the 1st Annual

Homes for the Holidays Gingerbread House Contest

November 11 - December 15

Tis’ the season for some virtual, pandemic-tolerant fun with those you love the most (or just yourself if you’re more of the Grinch type this holiday season). No judgments here.

We’ve curated a series of events sure to leave you filled with holiday glee, all while we help provide heat to families in need this winter. We encourage you to scroll down and scope out all our events coming up this holiday season.

Gingerbread House Building 101: A Virtual Workshop

Sorry Netflix, the Great British Bake Off has nothing on us this holiday season. Join our team and celebrity chef, Ralph Humes, to learn tricks and hacks to make a gingerbread house too good to eat. Whether you are a seasoned competitive builder or a first-time novice, these episodes will provide the confidence to create an edible holiday masterpiece. Be sure to watch these workshops and enter our official contest (details below). 

Part 1: Building FUNdamentals

Part 2: Decorating & Details

Featuring

Chef Ralph Humes Head Shot

Celebrity Chef Ralph Humes

Chef Ralph Humes was the owner of Kalamazoo’s own, R.Stanley’s Diner and Gourmet Desserts. Most recently, he’s known as a Chef to the Stars; cooking up incredible tasting meals from kitchens in concert halls to cooking for artists, bands, and crews on the road. He’s worked for such artists and groups as Neil Diamond, Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Miranda Lambert, Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples, Garth Brooks and Taylor Swift. He has a passion for music and plays the bass whenever he gets the opportunity. Ralph resides in Michigan on a lake near the Sturgis area with his wife. After all the years of traveling, there is nothing better than spending time with his family and relaxing by the lake!

Share Your Masterpiece: Gingerbread House Contest

November 24 to December 5 at 11:59PM

Looking for a fun activity to enjoy with the family this holiday season? Whether you are hyper competitive or just looking for a fun way to bond with the family after stuffing your face with turkey (or tofurky if you’re into that sort of thing), we’re proud to introduce our 1st Annual Gingerbread House Contest. The contest is all virtual in 2021. The contest submission window is open for ten (10) days from November 24 to December 5 at 11:59PM. You can submit Online 24/7 and build and enter your house at your leisure. 

The contest features five (5) categories and winners of each will receive a custom 2021 trophy and be recognized on our website and social media. The contest is free to enter and is open to the any resident of Kalamazoo County.

2021 Contest Categories

  • Iconic Structures in Kalamazoo
  • My Home (Upload Comparison Picture)*
  • Peoples’ Choice
  • Judges’ Choice- 2021 Gingerbread Masterpiece
  • Kids 12 and Under

*The “My Home” category has participants model their gingerbread house after their actual home. A comparison photo is required for the judges to evaluate entries. Your actual home photos will not be shared on the website or social media.

3 Easy Ways to Submit Your Design

Use the hashtag:

#GingerbreadHouseKzoo

On Facebook or Instagram.

Email us at GingerbreadHouseKzoo
@communityhomeworks.org

Attach your images. An auto-reply email will bounce back with the registration form.

Submit your design
through our website.

Meet Our local celebrity judges

Category winners will be selected by our panel of local celebrity judges. The People’s Choice category will be voted on by the public, from December 7 to 12. Be sure to share your design with your network to rally some votes for your submission. Winners will be announced via livestreamed event on our Facebook and YouTube pages on December 15 at 6PM. 

Jamauri Bogan

Jamauri Bogan

CEO, Bogan Developments, LLC, CHW Board of Directors

Patti Scholler-Barber

Patti Sholler-Barber

KPS School Board President

Jeanne Hess

Jeanne Hess

Kalamazoo City Commissioner

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Gingerbread After Dark Kits & Virtual Hangout

December 2 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Curated with adults in mind, and a reminder that kids shouldn’t have all the fun during the holidays! Perfect for a date night or a ZOOM hangout with friends, we provide the fixings for a crafty evening in. Join us on December 2nd at 8 PM. A custom YouTube Live link to the virtual hangout will be sent to the email you provide at checkout.
Gingerbread After Dark Kit! Supplies are limited to only 100 kits this year. You can choose to pick it up at our headquarters at 810 Bryant St. in Kalamazoo or we can deliver it to your residence within Kalamazoo County.
What’s inside each kit ($100 each*):
•1 deluxe gingerbread house decorating kit
•2 adult limited edition Teflon aprons
•A mistletoe to hang
•Hot cocoa kit and alcoholic drink recipe (alcohol not included)
•Design ideas, trivia, and virtual party suggestions
•Photo props
*Proceeds from kits help provide heat to vulnerable households this winter. 

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

Organizer

Community Homeworks
Phone:
(269) 998-3275
Email:
info@communityhomeworks.org
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Winners Announced & Kids Night at the North Pole

December 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Free
Gingerbread Winner Announced 2021

We will conclude the 2021 contest and events with a short virtual livestream to announce the winners of the five (5) categories. After the category winners are announced, we will offer some activities and some guest appearances to get the whole family into the holiday spirit.

Categories include:

  • Iconic Structures in Kalamazoo
  • My Home (Upload Comparison Picture)
  • People’s Choice
  • Judges’ Choice (2021 Gingerbread Masterpiece)
  • Kids 12 and Under

 

 

Thank you to our 2021 sponsors

Details

Date:
December 15
Time:
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Category:
https://www.facebook.com/CommunityHomeworks/

Organizer

Community Homeworks
Phone:
(269) 998-3275
Email:
info@communityhomeworks.org
View Organizer Website

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Thank you to our 2021 sponsors