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Bring To Life A Land Of Sweets During One Of These East End Gingerbread Workshops

Nicole Barylski

Children can use their artistic flair to decorate the houses with an arrangement of edible sweets. (Photo: Elsie Boskamp)

Children clamoring for an excuse to get their hands on seasonal sweets will savor the opportunity to create a gingerbread work of art during a Hamptons workshop. While chances are it won't be as lavish as the life-size creations that were constructed by Ron Ben-Israel and Jonathan Scott, and Duff Goldman and Drew Scott during Food Network's "All-Star Gingerbread Build," the East End built versions will definitely taste just as yummy.

1. Montauk Library (871 Montauk Highway, Montauk, 631-668-3377, www.montauklibrary.org) is presenting a free Holiday Gingerbread Houses class on Saturday, December 12th at 2 p.m. Children will receive a gingerbread house kit with all the trimmings, and once their abode is built, they can adorn the house with icing, candy and their candy dreams. The Library is also hosting a complimentary Holiday Cookie Decorating class on Saturday, December 19th at 2 p.m., where attendees can make melted snowman cookies, reindeer cookies and a cookie of their own imagining. Registration is required for both.

2. Children's Museum of the East End (376 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, 631-537-8250, www.cmee.org) is holding its annual Gingerbread House Decorating Workshops on Saturday, December 12th at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The Museum will provide little ones with a pre-built gingerbread house that they can embellish with a variety of colorful and vivacious edible goodies. Admission is $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Registration is required.

Attendees can use their imagination to create the edible home of their dreams. (Photo: Elsie Boskamp)

3. Guild Hall is teaming up with Citarella for its Holiday Gingerbread House Family Workshop (158 Main Street, East Hampton, 631-324-0806, www.guildhall.org) on Saturday, December 12th from 12 to 2 p.m. With the assistance of Citarella experts, attendees can use their artistic flair to create an edible masterpiece. Admission is $20 per house for non-members and $15 per house for members. Registration is required.

4. Montauk Playhouse Community Center (240 Edgemere Street, Montauk, 631-668-1124, www.montaukplayhouse.org) is inviting the East End community to enter its inaugural Gingerbread House Contest. Starting Wednesday, December 9th through Sunday, December 20th, the creations will be on display at the Playhouse's Lobby and the winners will be announced during the Cookie Exchange Party at the Playhouse on Friday, December 18th at 4:30 p.m. The contest will feature two divisions, adult (ages 18 years and up) and youth (up to 17 years). Public voting will be open from Thursday, December 10th through Thursday, December 17th. The entry fee is $10.

Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com NicoleBarylski NicoleBarylski

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