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Interfaith Caring Ministries Festival of Trees Week
News Release
Saturday, November 22, 2008

Open House at South Shore Harbour

The holiday open house at South Shore Harbour Resort will feature a house of a different sort, one so scrumptious you could just eat it.

But better not–it needs to remain on display throughout the Christmas season. It’s a massive gingerbread house, a confectionary creation by South Shore Harbour Resort Chef Roland Kyburz.

His culinary artistry will be among the featured attractions at the annual Interfaith Caring Ministries Festival of Trees Open House, open to the public free of charge from 4 - 7pm Tuesday, December 2, in the hotel’s ballroom.

Chef Kyburz and his staff assembled some 7,600 gingerbread cookies and spent nearly 300 total hours creating the gingerbread house. The icing and trim alone contain 52 pounds of egg whites, 186 pounds of powdered sugar and 86 pounds of candy.

The project is an annual holiday event for Chef Kyburz, in keeping with an old European tradition. Gingerbread was baked in Europe a thousand years ago, Germans later began making gingerbread house, and immigrants brought their recipes to America as early as the late 1700s.

In addition to the gingerbread house, decorated Christmas trees will fill the ballroom, Santa will pose for pictures with the young ones, and all are invited to partake in yummy Christmas cookies prepared by local chefs competing in the annual Christmas Cookie Contest.  

Part of the Interfaith Caring Ministries Festival of Trees Week, this year’s Open House is sponsored by Ms. Janet's Children of the Future.

For information about the open house or the Interfaith Caring Ministries Festival of Trees Week, call Cathy Cheatham at South Shore Harbour Resort, (281) 334-1000, or email .

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