Pub­nico com­mu­nity makes sure An­nis and David’s gin­ger­bread house tra­di­tion lives on

Tri-County Vanguard - - NEWS -

The sub­ject of the gin­ger­bread house came up and they both agreed that the tra­di­tion would be dif­fi­cult for David to han­dle alone.

D’En­tremont sug­gested the so­ci­ety could help.

“I said, ‘look, if the fam­ily wants us to, we can use the gin­ger­bread house and do ev­ery­thing ex­actly the way they did it.’”

The fam­ily was very pleased by the of­fer but had one re­quest – that An­nis’s recipe be used to make the gin­ger­bread cook­ies.

So D’En­tremont put a call out for vol­un­teers to bake the gin­ger­bread cook­ies, post­ing it on so­cial me­dia around 8 a.m.

“By noon time I had of­fers to bake over 2,000 cook­ies. You should see my freezer,” she says.

David still had about 80 or 90 ma­te­rial bags that peo­ple had re­turned af­ter chil­dren ate the treats, but more were needed.

Some of d’En­tremont’s friends are good seam­stresses and they started stitch­ing.

The fi­nal count was 503 bags, with 447 bags stuffed with choco­lates and chips, and cook­ies ready to add from the freezer. Dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber young­sters with their par­ents are in­vited to visit the gin­ger­bread house and re­ceive a treat bag.

In ad­di­tion to ar­range­ments for the gin­ger­bread house, the so­ci­ety worked to­wards hav­ing a Christ­mas tree for the com­mu­nity in front of the rec­tory next to St. Peter’s Church in West Pub­nico.

“The tree was do­nated by 86-yearold Sonny Mor­ton, who used to own a Christ­mas tree farm,” says d’En­tremont. “He was as proud as a pea­cock.”

David was asked to light the Christ­mas tree. The light­ing will take place on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m., weather per­mit­ting.

An­nis’s kind­ness will be a sweet mem­ory for those who knew her.

“Her tra­di­tion is go­ing to live on, let me tell you. The com­mu­nity’s not let­ting that go,” said d’En­tremont.

CON­TRIBUTED

Vol­un­teers pack­age the gin­ger­bread cook­ies baked from An­nis Surette’s recipe.

CON­TRIBUTED

This gin­ger­bread house, made of wood and trimmed with holly, a heart and candy-cane cutouts, was built by An­nis and David Surette.

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