The Castle Historic House Museum to present its signature Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop to kick off the holidays season offering a festive family bonding experience. The virtual Gingerbread House Workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Nov. 14.
“We welcome families to get into the holiday spirit by joining us for our virtual Gingerbread House Workshop this year with step-by-step instructions to make a classic gingerbread house,” stated Kyle Yoho, Education Director for The Castle. “Complete Gingerbread House baking and decorating kits will be available including materials and instruction booklet, with recipes for gingerbread, icing and assorted candies and decorative elements for added inspiration,” added Yoho. Kits will be available for pick-up at The Castle Carriage House Gift Shop.
According to Yoho, “For families wishing to join our class, but who want to bake their own gingerbread and provide their own supplies, they have the option to join the class with instruction booklet provided.” Kits will also be on sale for those who wish to forego the class and make a gingerbread house on their own time. The kit includes instruction booklet, prebaked gingerbread walls and roof for construction, cake board for the base, icing, assorted candies and decorative elements and water bottles to aid construction. Kits will be available for pick-up Nov. 12 and 13 10 a.m.-4 p.m. To make special arrangements for pick-up call 740-373-4180.
The cost for the Virtual Workshop with complete kit is $20. The cost for the virtual workshop with instruction booklet is $12.50 and the cost for the instruction booklet and kit without participating in the Virtual Workshop is $15.
Advance registration is required. All registrations and orders must be received by Friday, Nov. 6th. This class will be conducted via Zoom Meeting. To register visit mariettacastle.org/events/, click on Virtual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshop and scroll down to the “Registration” link.
The Castle Historic House Museum is also excited to launch “Virtual History Central,” an online virtual offering of entertaining and educational programs. The online content included on Virtual History Central is from previous Zoom presentations by many of The Castle’s esteemed guest speakers. The new offering, available on The Castle’s website, includes recordings of engaging programs for history buffs of all ages to watch at their leisure. Topics range from local history talks, recorded food history cooking classes, and hands-on activities.
“Like many museums across the country, the COVID-19 pandemic required that we quickly change from our traditional on-site programs to become creators and distributors of virtual educational content,” said Kyle Yoho, Education Director at The Castle. “We found that following the widespread closure of many museums earlier this year, our programming model needed to change from attracting an audience to our physical space to reaching out to them, wherever they may be located,” added Yoho. According to Yoho, “With the needs and safety of our patrons in mind, The Castle began to provide virtual educational programs via Zoom to fulfill our mission of contributing to the educational, artistic, and cultural well-being of the community.” “The response was immediate and very rewarding as we found that our reach via virtual presentations exceeded both our physical capacity to hold in-person events and geographic restraints with guests zooming in from as far afield as Florida, California, and even British Columbia,” Yoho noted. The Castle is planning for a robust schedule of holiday themed virtual programs and continuing virtual programming through 2021 even when guests can safely return for on-site learning.
The Castle’s Virtual History Central is located on the organization’s website at mariettacastle.org/virtual-history-central/. Visitors to the site can browse the previously recorded educational content by clicking on each video to read a full description. Videos are available to view via online donation. Castle members receive free access to unlimited video content.
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