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November 30, 2012

Home sweet home

8-foot-tall confectionary creation salutes Salisbury Beach

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The Georgetown resident, graduate of Salem State and Rutgers University and professional actor and artist began baking and decorating cakes for his friends’ children two years ago. But the gingerbread house — measuring 8 feet in circumference — is by far his most impressive creation.

Among those doing the honors lighting the house at yesterday’s unveiling were two longtime Salisbury residents — 91-year-old Millie Greaney, a Salisbury native who was the first kindergarten teacher in town and has great memories of Salisbury Beach; and 78-year-old Jim Pollard, a retired Salisbury Beach police officer and former selectman who was also born and raised in town. Children from the Lower Merrimack Valley Boys & Girls Club based in Salisbury helped with the countdown as well.

The sweet creation will remain on display through Jan. 14 in The Pavilion lobby between Seaglass and Blue Ocean Music Hall at 4 Oceanfront North at the beach.

SUGAR HIGH

Among the ingredients that went into the making of the Salisbury Beach Past & Present Gingerbread House are:

More than 1,000 pounds of confectionary sugar

More than 60 pounds of flour

40 pounds of brown sugar

30 dozen eggs

11 pounds of isamalt specialty sugar to create windows and the Himalaya ride

10 pounds of white chocolate to hand-sculpt tiny human figures, including the memorable Himalaya boys

8 pounds of graham crackers

6 gallons of molasses

1 gallon of corn syrup

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