Candy Construction

Southwest Library

Candy Construction

Holiday Houses at Southwest

On Wednesday, Dec. 12, Southwest Library held its fourth annual Holiday House program. Over seventy-five children and their families came to build colorful creations out of graham crackers, frosting and a wide selection of candy.

Before the kids got started, special guest Maria Thompson, Senior VP of Construction for PN Hoffman, gave a brief speech about her work at the Wharf and reminded the kids that architects work courteously and collaboratively together. She and Tony Albanese, Senior Construction Manager; Diane Groomes, Director of Security and Public Safety; Caroline Crawford, Assistant Development Manager; and Elinor Bacon of ER Bacon Development, LLC were all on hand to provide building tips to the kids. Several officers from the First District - Lt. James Black, Lt. Nikki Lavenhouse, Officer Keith Byrd and Officer James Keenan - helped dole out candy and chatted with the kids about their creations.

It was a fantastic community event. Kids sampled lots of delicious building materials, including cotton candy insulation, Twizzler walls, frosting cement, ice cream cone trees and M&M shingles. They went home with some fabulous houses, junk yards and castles, including those pictured here.

Many thanks to our special guests and to the Friends of the Southwest Library, especially President Georgine Wallace, for donating their time and supplies.