Pubnico community makes sure Annis and David’s gingerbread house tradition lives on
Hundreds of children expected to visit this month
A family tradition, connected with a beloved playhouse-sized gingerbread house, is continuing in West Pubnico after the loss of a woman who took great joy in having children visit it.
The house, made of wood and trimmed with holly, a heart and candy-cane cutouts, was built by Annis and David Surette – large enough for children to enter, where treat bags for each awaited.
Yvette d’Entremont, a member of the West Side Improvement Society, remembers taking her grandchildren there and meeting the Surettes.
“They were very quiet people, not people you’d see out in the community a whole lot. They kept to themselves and did nice things,” she says.
Annis sewed the cloth treat bags for the gingerbread house and put a bag of chips, some chocolates and three of her homebaked gingerbread cookies in each before tying the top with curled ribbon.
On Aug. 15, Annis lost her life in a tragic collision at an intersection on Highway 103.
The following month, d’Entremont found herself sitting next to David’s sister, whom she knew well, at the Dennis Point Wharf during a visit by the schooner Bluenose.