Sweet and spicy activities will be offered in Historic Dublin Dec. 3 as Holly Days continues.

Sweet and spicy activities will be offered in Historic Dublin Dec. 3 as Holly Days continues.

The annual chili cook-off and gingerbread house silent auction will be held Dec. 3, with proceeds from both events benefiting locals.

The gingerbread house silent auction will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sisters Sweet Shoppe, 45 N. High St., offering gingerbread houses from Dublin Jerome and Scioto high school students.

“The high school kids bring in all kinds of crafts for kids to do when they come in. We set up these tables to do crafts like make mini gingerbread houses, Christmas ornaments, cookies,” said Nanette Purdy, one of the sisters of Sisters Sweet Shoppe. “They can do that while their parents are looking at the (gingerbread) houses.”

Several houses will be up for purchase.

Purdy said she’s seen some impressive creations over the years.

“Some of them are funny, but some of them are beautiful,” she said. “The kids have a great time with it.”

According to Bonnie Gamary, family consumer science teacher at Scioto, students learn a lot while making the gingerbread houses.

Not only is the activity counted as community service hours for the students, but they must work in groups to complete the houses from scratch.

“It takes about three weeks,” Gamary said. “They are starting from the dough. They develop the pattern and they construct it. Everything must be edible so there is no cardboard holding that upÉ They each have a theme and they decorate it as such. There’s a lot of problem-solving and a lot of teamwork and synergy. They have to develop a plan. They are trying to meet the needs of a customer.”

Students often tell her how much more difficult the project was than they originally anticipated, Gamary said.

“They look forward to it. I’ve had Scioto kids that already did it say, ‘I didn’t know it was going to be that hard. It was frustrating to only be able to work on it for 43 minutes,’” she said. “So much is about time management. They get that time management part of career development from this activity.”

The students also get to see their work benefit a local student. All proceeds of the silent auction will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Gamary said Scioto High School adopts a Make-A-Wish child each year, so it makes sense to donate proceeds to the cause. This year’s Make-A-Wish child is a Dublin 16-year-old battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Her wish is to go on a Disney Cruise.

During the silent auction, Purdy said, other sweets will be offered.

“We’ll have free hot chocolate, samples of all fruitcakes and chocolates,” she said. “People can come in and get sugared up and have a wonderful time. We have oodles of people in and it’s becoming a wonderful tradition to have at our shop.”

Also around Historic Dublin will be chili. This year’s chili cook-off will feature Historic Dublin restaurants rather than private entries. Brazenhead, Dublin Village Tavern, J Liu Restaurant and Bar, La Chatelaine French Bakery and Bistro, Mezzo, Oscar’s and Tucci’s will offer chili for the contest.

“We changed the format and asked restaurants if they’d like to bring forth their take on their best chili and have a battle of the restaurants,” said Modern Male owner Brenda Kocak, who is organizing the cook-off.

Celebrity judges Robin Davis, Dispatch Food Editor; Mike Ricordat, The Fan Radio; Danny O’Rourke, Columbus Crew; and Chuck Strickler, WBNS-10TV, will hand out awards, but Kocak said the public will also be able to vote for their favorite chili.

The chili may be sampled for $5, and tickets may be purchased at any of the participating restaurants.

Proceeds will benefit the Dublin Food Pantry and Welcome Warehouse. “We hope to raise a nice little chunk of money for the food pantry and Welcome Warehouse, especially when they need it,” Kocak said.

For more information on the activities or other Holly Days events, look online at historicdublin.org.