NORWAY – A local woman has won a flower mosaic window, created by a local artist, to help raise funds for the historic Gingerbread House restoration project.
The raffle for the mosaic was created by Sue Moccia, an art teacher at the Oxford Hills School District and member of the Friends of the Gingerbread House. It was won by Susan Denison, a member of the Norway Historical Society and a Pleasant Street resident.
“This raffle raised over $500 for the Gingerbread House, and the proceeds will be used to repair the roof next spring,” said Anne Siekman of the Friends of the Gingerbread House.
The Norway Landmarks Preservation Society, dba Friends of the Gingerbread House, has been raising money for several years to rehabilitate the 19th century house.
In June 2011, James G. Merry Building Movers of Scarborough moved the Gingerbread House from its original site behind the Advertiser-Democrat building at Pikes Hill and Main Street 950 feet up Main Street by Butters Park.
Originally known as the Evans-Cummings House, it has graced the entrance to Norway from the north since 1851. It is more commonly known as the Gingerbread House for its elaborate trim, added in a late 19th century renovation.
Concerned residents came together to form the Friends of the Gingerbread House to save the building.
Denison said she is excited about her win.
“It is gorgeous. I'm thrilled with it,” she said. “I can't decide whether to hang it right in a front window, where people can see it, or in a side window, so it will get lots of sun.”
More fundraising efforts for the project will occur this winter. Contributions are welcome and may be made through the website at www.gingerbreadhousenorway.org. Further information and updates on Gingerbread House activity may also be accessed through this website, Siekman said.