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November 26, 2012

Seaglass chef crafts 100-pound gingerbread house for the holidays

Salisbury Town Notebook
Angeljean Chiaramida

---- — On Thursday at 4 p.m., a 100-pound gingerbread house will be unveiled at the Pavilion on Salisbury Beach to kick off the holiday season.

Members of Triton High School’s Choir, Salisbury Senior Center members and the Boys and Girls Club will be present when the one-of-a-kind confection depicting popular Salisbury Beach landmarks of the past century will be lit. Approximately 8 feet tall and 8 feet in circumference, the gingerbread tableau will be on display in the lobby of the Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends through Jan. 14.

Featuring popular Salisbury Beach landmarks from the early 1900s through the present, the tasty structure was made by 29-year old Georgetown resident Jim Shalkoski, bartender at Seaglass Restaurant, located within the Pavilion. Shalkoski began designing this year’s display two months ago, using old Salisbury Beach photos to add to its authenticity.

For those who’d like to know the recipe, it includes more than 1,000 pounds of confectionery and 40 pounds of brown sugar, 60 pounds of flour, with 30 dozen eggs, six gallons of molasses and eight pounds of Graham crackers.

For more information, call 978-465-2000.

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East Parish United Methodist Church will host an Italian Dinner from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. Prepared by the Tantaro Family of Newburyport, dinner will include Rosanna’s Italian sauce served over pasta and meatballs, along with homemade ricotta pie and brownie a la mode for dessert.

Admission is $8 per person for adults and $5 for children.

East Parish Church is located in Salisbury Square.

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At 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, the Council on Aging will present “The Life and Times of Norman Rockwell,” featuring local historian Gus Reusch, who will bring about 90 prints of Rockwell’s art. Residents are invited to join the event, where refreshments will be served. The cost is $3 per person and preregistration is required and can be made by calling 978-462-2412.

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Volunteers from the Salisbury Police Department will host its “Stuff the Cruiser” annual food, toy and clothing drive from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 8. Taking place in Salisbury Square, the event collects gifts and donations for two local charities, Santa’s Helpers and the Pettengill House Food Pantry.

According to organizer officer Dennis Lucia, needed are new, unwrapped toys and new children’s winter clothing, such as warm jackets, mittens, hats, boots and coats, all for this year’s 38th annual Santa’s Helpers campaign, which provides gifts for local children whose families are under financial stress.

Also being collected are nonperishable food items for the Food Pantry.

“Especially after Thanksgiving, Pettengill House’s Food Pantry’s shelves are pretty bare,” Lucia said. “We’re hoping the public will help fill those shelves again.”

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Salisbury Chamber of Commerce will host its Holiday Celebration on Thursday, Dec. 13, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Ocean Room on the Pavilion at Salisbury Beach located at Ocean Front South.

The event includes dinner, with music and sing-along with Bob Allison. There will also be auction items and a lottery tree.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling 978-465-3581.

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Angeljean Chiaramida covers Salisbury for The Daily News. She can be reached at 978-462-6666, ext. 3271 or achiaramida@newburyportnews.com.