The German Village Garten Club has been celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2016.

The German Village Garten Club has been celebrating its 50th anniversary throughout 2016.

We are concluding our anniversary year with the Golden Gingerbread Gala Saturday, Dec. 3.

This festive community celebration will be held in the Brent Warner Fest Hall at the German Village Meeting Haus beginning at 7 p.m. The Garten Club invites the community to attend the celebration.

You might remember the Big Red Bash held a few years ago. The Golden Gingerbread Gala is a new twist on this classic German Village holiday party.

The celebration will be filled with great food, drink and camaraderie with your friends and neighbors.

Upper Crust Catering has planned an amazing, delicious dinner feast.

While you dine, you will be entertained with holiday favorites from a Fort Hayes High School Jazz Quartet.

A silent auction will include yummy baked goods, holiday decor, gift baskets and gift cards to area restaurants.

We cannot have a gingerbread theme without gingerbread.

The Golden Gingerbread Gala will feature a holiday baking competition. This is your opportunity to showcase your culinary skills and earn bragging rights in the village for an entire year.

There are classes for gingerbread houses, gingerbread cookies, decorated Christmas cookies and undecorated Christmas cookies. There are separate divisions for amateurs, professionals and celebrities.

In addition to bragging rights, great prizes will be offered to the winners.

The baking entries will be a part of the silent auction. You do not need to attend the Gala to enter the baking competition. For more details and entry information, visit the website

The German Village Garten Club is a vibrant organization that takes great pride in community beautification.

All proceeds from the Gala will benefit our community beautification projects, including Frank Fetch Park and the Third Street Planters.

The Garten Club is a federal 501(c)(3) charitable organization. A portion of Gala contributions are tax exempt.

A few tickets remain for this incredible celebration. Tickets are $65 each and can be purchased online at For more information, please email

Don your festive, holiday apparel and join us at the Golden Gingerbread Gala.

German Village Garten Club President Jim Chakeres submitted the Village Notebook column.