Thursday, December 27, 2012


Sarah McHugh
Historic Manassas, Inc.
703.361.6599 ext. 102
Molasses, ginger, flour, and baking soda – were just a few of the ingredients Gingerbread House contestants needed to shop for to get ready for this year’s annual Gingerbread House Contest, held in Old Town Manassas over the holiday season. For over 5 years now, Historic Manassas, Inc. has displayed the talents of local amateur “architects” in Old Town shop windows during the annual Merry Old Town festivities. The public was invited to view the various structures and vote on their favorite Child and Adult gingerbread houses both in the shops and on-line; and vote they did.
Winners this year include: Child Category- 1st Place, Life Skills Girls, Seton School (located at Whimsical Galerie); 2nd Place, The Flear Family (located at Prospero’s Books); and 3rd Place, Evan Bauer (located at Philadelphia Tavern). Adult Category- 1st Place, Alan Pfeifer (located at Creative Brush Studios); 2nd Place, Sydney Welsh (located at Whimsical Galerie); and 3rd Place, Catherine Harris (located at The Things I Love)
This year 14 artists participated in the Gingerbread House Contest. Houses were displayed at Social Butterfly, Philadelphia Tavern, Ashby Jewelers, Whimsical Galerie, Grounds Central Station (formerly known as Simply Sweet on Main), Dublin of Old Town, Creative Brush Studios, Persnickety Cakes, Things I Love, Okra’s, Manassas Clay, Prospero’s Books, and Broken Apple.
For more information on the Gingerbread House Contest, log on to or call 703.361.6599.
About Historic Manassas, (HMI), Inc.
Established in 1985, Historic Manassas, Inc. (HMI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization located at in Old Town Manassas, Va. Its mission is to revitalize, preserve and enhance the economic base that ensures the rich tradition, history and charm of Old Town Manassas, Va. HMI is 25-year accredited member of the Virginia Main Street program which encourages economic development and rejuvenation of old towns in Virginia. Included in Southern Living Magazine and Woman’s Day magazine for places to travel, Old Town Manassas was also listed by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington, D.C.’s “best places to live.” For more information about Historic Manassas, Inc. and details on upcoming community events, visit their web site at or call 703-361-6599.        

1st Place Adult- Alan Pfeifer at Creative Brush Studios

1st Place Child- Life Skills Girls from Seton School at Whimsical Galerie