Don’t miss Norway House’s “Gingerbread Wonderland”
Leslee Lane Hoyum
Each year the City of Bergen, Norway, builds a Gingerbread City. It’s the world’s largest. Since 1991, kindergartens, schools, businesses, and thousands of individuals have contributed to its success.
Inspired by such a feat, Norway House, Minneapolis, welcomes everyone to its first Gingerbread Wonderland/Pepperkake Twin Cities, which will be on display through Jan. 15. The exhibit features houses and iconic buildings, such as the Foshay Tower, Minnesota State Capitol, Mindekirke, Guthrie Theater, and the Stone Arch Bridge, to name a few.
The Minneapolis StarTribune said of the exhibition, “It’s a twinkly display of enchantment with enough lights and sparkly ‘snow’ to bring a smile to even Scrooge, the room awash in the seasonal fragrance of cinnamon, ginger and molasses that seems to beg ‘breathe deeply.’”
On Nov. 23, His Excellency Kåre R. Aas, Norway’s ambassador to the United States, opened the exhibit as well as officially lit the Norway House Christmas tree. Norway House Chair Jon Pederson took the opportunity to present the ambassador with a beautiful bowl featuring the Norway House insignia.
Galleri hours include Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $5 for students and seniors; it is free for children under 12, as well as members. Norway House is located at 913 E. Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, next to Mindekirken. Call for information at (612) 871-2211.
This article originally appeared in the Dec. 11, 2015, issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.