Your Time: Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Annual Gingerbread Build

  • Marissa Tousey-Pfarrer of Northampton creates decorations for a gingerbread house Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton.

  • 1. Mark Ethier 2. The builders 3. From left, William Epstein, Noah Epstein, 4. Lisa Plaza, Vincent Maupin 5. Shae Blaisdell, Audrey Blaisdell, Michelle Dooley, Stephanie Mecham 6. Marissa Tousey-Pfarrer 7. Alex Risley Schroeder, Avery Brown, Holly Schroeder 1. Mark Ethier 2. The builders 3. From left, William Epstein, Noah Epstein, 4. Lisa Plaza, Vincent Maupin 5. Shae Blaisdell, Audrey Blaisdell, Michelle Dooley, Stephanie Mecham 6. Marissa Tousey-Pfarrer 7. Alex Risley Schroeder, Avery Brown, Holly Schroeder

  • William, 8, and Noah Epstein, both of Florence, craft a gingerbread house Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Shae and Audrey Blaisdell of Easthampton, left, Michelle Dooley of Belmont and Stephanie Mecham of St. George, UT, craft a gingerbread house Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • An animal-themed gingerbread house is shown Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Lisa Plaza, left, and her son Vincent Maupin, 11, both of Easthampton, craft a gingerbread house Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

  • Alex Risley Schroeder of Northampton, left, her niece Avery Brown of Wethersfield, Conn., and Schroeder's mother Holly Schroeder of Holyoke, work together to craft a gingerbread house Dec. 3, 2016 during the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread Build at Eastworks in Easthampton. —GAZETTE STAFF/SARAH CROSBY

Published: 12/8/2016 3:47:14 PM

Some 50 tiny homes filled the ballroom at Eastworks Saturday afternoon — edible homes, that is, made of gingerbread — as several hundred people, working to holiday tunes, gathered at the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity Annual Gingerbread Build fundraiser.

Megan McDonough, the executive director of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, described the event as “a microcosm of the big habitat experience.” Habitat for Humanity routinely rallies a community effort to build homes for low income people.

“It takes the big project of building houses down to a small scale,” McDonough said of the festive fundraiser.

The designs ranged from a candy cathedral built by architects to a gingerbread house adorned with vegetable decor.

Shae and Audrey Blaisdell, an Easthampton couple, planned out their small-size farmhouse days prior to the event.

They have eight pets at home, so their animal theme seemed to be a natural progression, Audrey Blaisdell explained.

Her sisters, Michelle Dooley of Belmont and Stephanie Mecham of St. George, Utah, also joined in on the fun.

“The fact that it’s so playful and fun — that’s what I like,” Blaisdell said.




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