Gingerbread program set

SALEM – Salem children are invited once again to celebrate the season by building gingerbread homes, singing Christmas carols and enjoying other free activites during Gingerbread Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school.

“We do it because the kids love it. It’s a way to bring the community together and bring the Christmas spirit to Salem,” organizer Glory Zamarelli said.

Zamarelli and Lisa Bezon first started the gingerbread house project when their children attended St. Paul School many years ago.

For the past four years, they’ve held Gingerbread Day at the high school and opened it up to all the kids in Salem ages 3 to 13 years old.

The event includes face painting, showing the Frosty the Snowman video, writing letters to Santa, singing Christmas carols, the reading of Christmas stories and of course, building gingerbread houses.

Snacks will be available in Mrs. Claus’ kitchen, including hot dogs, chips, carrots and cookies. About 199 pounds of candy have been donated.

“We have a lot of helpers,” Zamarelli said.

Each child will receive a book, also, courtesy of the Salem Community Foundation. All that the organizers ask is that children make reservations to attend by visiting the Gingerbread Day website at or by calling the Gingerbread Hotline at 330-337-0621.

To date, they’ve already registered 250 children and are expecting more.