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By Kent Larsen

Independence Gingerbread Houses Called 'Imaginative'

INDEPENDENCE, MISSOURI -- The LDS Church's Visitor's Center at Independence, Missouri was called a "testament to the imagination and holiday spirit" of the LDS Church members there in an article in the Kansas City Star. The Visitor's Center exhibit includes 85 gingerbread constructions depicting landmark buildings from around the world. The exhibit's theme is "Good Tidings of Great Joy ... to All People."

The exhibit includes depictions of the Taj Mahal, an Aztec temple, an Egyptian pyramid and even a tableau of New York buildings including the Empire State Building and Central Park. The Visitor's Center is open for the display from 9 am to 9 pm daily until January 1st, except Christmas Day, when the display closes at 7 pm.

The exhibit was organized by church member Karen Woodward, an accomplished cake decorator who teaches gingerbread classes for the Mid-Continent Library system. She started making gingerbread houses 15 years ago as a family activity. Church members and the community have volunteered to create buildings and support Woodward.

Woodward seems to have been successful in passing on the skills to her family. Her three grown children are all skilled at decorating cakes, and even her 6-year-old can handle a pastry bag. "It's just one of those things you learn to use in my house," Woodward says. "It gives us togetherness time."


Baking a World View: Church members celebrate the season's spirit of good will with a global gingerbread village
Kansas City KS Star 19Dec00 D1
By Jill Wendholt Silva: Food Editor - Columnist

Beginners' luck
Kansas City KS Star 19Dec00 D1
By Jill Wendholt Silva: Food Editor - Columnist


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