After baking her way to second and first place finishes in previous GingerBread Jubilees, Medford resident Kathy Yeoman claimed this year’s top spot.
Yeoman’s “Sugar and Spice Bakery” earned “best of show” at this year’s fundraiser for Craterian Performances and the $1,000 cash prize. Her tudor-style, green-shingled bakery with checkerboard floor has a plethora of fondant-sculpted details, including a miniature of the bakery, itself, in the front window, along with a wedding cake.
It’s the first year in the past three that Yeoman deviated from a religious theme. She replicated Moscow’s St. Basil’s Cathedral in 2010 and an even more architecturally accurate Sacred Heart Catholic Church last year.
A biblical-themed entry captured first place in the adult division for Klamath Falls resident Gail Carpenter, who entered in 2009 but never placed until now. Her “Christmas Angel” is a wonder of sparkling sugar and smooth fondant so perfect that it should be on top of a Christmas tree. The angel’s tentlike robes are cut away in three spots to show the nativity, shepherds and wisemen while fondant banners are inscribed with Luke 2:10 and 2:12.
Second place went to Shannon Haptonstall, the former Harry & David baker featured in this week’s A la Carte. Her snowman fort won the $250 prize while her entry with grandson Lenny, a railroad with cars labeled “Sugar,” “Spice” and “Everything Iced” won third place and $100 in the mixed-age group division.
Naomi Bell improved her previous “honorable mention” status from 2009 to take third place in the adult division with her “Snowberry Faerie” house. The fairy cottage appointed in a hollow log with a rooftop garden also is shared by a cardinal, squirrel and mouse and whimsically decorated.
Fantasy ruled in the mixed-age group category with “The Hobbit” by Joyelle Bull and Josiah Arthur taking first place. The elaborately iced hillside with circular door is cut away to reveal a feast in one room, plotting over a map of Middle Earth in another. Gandalf, Frodo and soldiers can be seen outside.
Second place went to “Coffee Break is Over” by Lona and Riley Dillard. Reindeer populate the duo’s “Table Rock Billiard Saloon,” which looks a lot like Jacksonville’s GoodBean Coffee. While Santa and his sleigh are stranded on the roof, the herd enjoys cinnamon-bark lattes, icicle-drip coffees, moss bagels and sprout muffins.
In the student division, Girl Scouts Troop 30154 of Grants Pass, led by Bell, took first place for their snow-covered castle with trefoil-shaped, green-tinted pond commemorating 100 years of scouting.
St. Mary’s Middle School, led by Kendra Lively, placed second with a number of fondant figures “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” Students Samantha Hyde and Madeline Shumway rendered Santa’s workshop and sleigh piled with presents to take third place.
“Best use of theme” went to Tiffany Rawding’s “Sugary Spice on Glimmering Ice,” a snowbound castle guarded by a green dragon. The prize was a $100 gift card from Facets Jewelry in downtown Medford.
The entirely edible sculptures will be auctioned at Friday’s gala fundraiser. The community tour follows Saturday through Wednesdays, Nov. 17-21 and Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23-24. Admission is $3 per person, and all proceeds benefit the theater. See more details online.