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One house raises money, others compete in contest

by: NEWS-TIMES PHOTO: CHASE ALLGOOD - Diane Morris created the gingerbread house that will raise money for projects at Forest Groves 160-year-old A.T. Smith House, which is probably in better shape than Morriss house after her frenzy of gingerbread construction. The kitchen looks like a bomb has gone off, she said last Friday. Every surface is covered.Gingerbread is back on the holiday menu in Forest Grove, starting with a gingerbread house created by Forest Grove resident Diane Morris, who is donating it to be auctioned at the upcoming Friends of Historic Forest Grove Holiday Social and Silent Auction, an invitation-only event set for Dec. 1.

Morris, who worked on the sweet structure for several days last week, said she hoped her creation will tempt area residents to join FHFG or donate items to the auction.

A North Carolina resident before moving to Forest Grove, Morris is now a Friends of Historic Forest Grove board member. Proceeds from the auction will go towards turning the historic A.T. Smith house into a museum and heritage farm park.

Donations to the A.T. Smith project can be sent year-round to FHFG, P.O. Box 123, Forest Grove, OR 97116.Morris worked on the gingerbread architecture of a sweet A.T. Smith house for several days.

Next up is the annual Gingerbread House Contest sponsored by Holiday in the Grove and City Club of Forest Grove. Entrants are welcome to bring their creations to the News-Times office, 2038 Pacific Ave., between 9 a.m. Dec. 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 4. “People’s Choice” judging will occur Dec. 4-10, with ballots and a drop box available outside the News-Times office after hours and on weekends.

Judging will be based on overall appearance, originality, creativity, craftsmanship, architecture, quantity of edible materials and overall “wowness.” Prizes will be awarded to all winners.

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